Asian Invasion tours in 2014

Posted: 27th April 2012 by K.C. Kelly in Uncategorized

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Asian Invasion:  Plays from the Other Side of Aotearoa.”

Featuring a cast of four – all Asian, all young professionals – the Ensemble will build upon its five-year success of touring high schools and regional community centres using only New Zealand material.

Just as they did with She’ll Be Write, A Baker’s Dozen, Womanz Work ! and  In Spite of Himself, EnsembleImpact will choose, arrange, dramaturge, cast, rehearse and perform across the country…to rave reviews:

“The content was superb – fascinating snippets of a variety of great NZ theatre. Again our students were inspired by the ‘coolness’ of NZ theatre – a great achievement, thankyou! We also loved the time the actors set aside for questions and advice. Duncan Allen – Selwyn High School

We loved it! – Diane Dupres, Ashburton College

See it now!  Book them for next year, if you’ve missed out for this year! – Louise Flynn, Awatapu College

My kids were hooked from the minute you started as Falling was a play we did last year ourselves – brilliant for them to see a familiar piece geared up a notch or two in the hands of professionals. – Vivien Smith Okaihau College

This was a fabulous show for Years 10 to 13. Great choice of sections from a range of plays. – Bruce de Grut, Takapuna High School

Thursday night was great, four very talented actors!   The comments and feedback from the audience was fantastic.  - Robyn Cherry-Campbell, Director – Storm Productions

 Asian Invasion goes into rehearsal in April, 2014, and tours from May 5th to July 4th. Our cast, exclusively drawn from our newest and most vibrant immigrant population, our Asian Community, highlights the people and the cultures that have come to call New Zealand home.

In three and four-person scenes, in monologues and duologues, in English, and sometimes Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese & Tagalog the Company will present a range of material – some funny, some serious – each highlighting a new and rich contribution to the social and cultural life of New Zealand.

Drawing from the success of such NZ works at Carl Nixon’s “Two Fish @ A Scoop” and Renee Laing’s “Lantern” as well as Jacob Rajan’s incredibly successful plays through his Indian Ink organisation, Playmarket has submitted over 43 scripts for our consideration, eight or ten of whom will find their way in to EnsembleImpact’s new schools and community programme.

 Asian Invasion will be a unique addition to New Zealand’s theatrical landscape – a first for any touring company  – and a landmark production in our theatrical landscape.

Asian Invasion will play to over 5,600 students, teachers and interested community theatre goers.

Will your school be among them?

 

  (Just click twice on the map below to see who’s already on our itinerary)

Whether you’re in Wanaka or Whangamata, Kerikeri or Invercargill you can share your impressions with students around the country: same show, same people, same programme – all vital New Zealand plays.

Moreover, the two best reviews we receive – good or bad -  will be awarded an APPLE gift certificate for your student’s time and care. (But they must be in High School to qualify … we’re after  your reasoned critique, not a compliment).

Click the RSS button on the top right of this page, then click here and you’re there. Simply fill in your name, web address and school and let us (and the rest of New Zealand) know.

And while you’re on our web-site, check out the downloadable Study Guide in the Study Guide section, too.

 

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’09 She’ll Be Write

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSROtk1aytw

’10 A Baker’s Dozen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaKlnM_jzZI

’11 Womanz Work

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du3Isjww7GM&feature=plcp

’12 Five Years Running

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rwMgOdG5Jk

EnsembleImpact HQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuaYeluQC6A

Acting Around Aotearoa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg-kI_bxDZQ

Acting Around Aotearoa 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b6FyC1Q6Es

 

Send us your photos and help us with the sequel to the sequel!

 

Survey Results

Posted: 19th February 2012 by K.C. Kelly in Uncategorized

Professional Need(s) Survey 2013 and 2012

Our 2013 Professional Need(s) survey yielded 30 responses in the period March 5th thru April 27th.

Almost half of the drama teachers surveyed said they’d been teaching for more than 10 years and even more than half indicated enrolments in their current programmes exceeded 100+ students.

Drama enrolments, from those surveyed, were split: near half indicated enrolment stayed the same as last year; the other half indicated an increase.

Nearly half of all surveyed said at least one professional viewing was provided/required during the year while 30% said there were two opportunities, 20% said three and 6.7% indicated their students have more than three each year.

Oddly, even though professional viewing is a requirement at the surveyed schools, only 20% of those responding indicated there was an “Arts Fee” in place at their school. Funding for Professional Viewing is, for more than 90% of the teacher’s surveyed, still done on a “pay-as-you-go” basis.

Those who can’t pay – don’t go.

Is this the best way to fund your drama programme? Again, our responders were split: nearly 47% indicated their preference for the status quo; while 53% indicated their preference for drama-specific arts fee.

 Our thanks to the Drama Professionals who took time to answer our questions and our hope that this result, coupled with last year’s result, will provide more discussion in the Drama New Zealand and Drama Net circles.

1. How long have you been teaching?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

1 to 3 years

16.7%

5

3 to 5 years

6.7%

2

5 to 10 years

30.0%

9

10 years and more…

46.7%

14

 

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30

 

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2. How many students are currently enrolled in your school’s drama programme?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

Less than 30

10.0%

3

30 to 60

10.0%

3

60 to 100

20.0%

6

100+

60.0%

18

 

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3. How many students do you personally teach?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

Less than 30

10.0%

3

30 to 60

16.7%

5

60 to 100

40.0%

12

100+

33.3%

10

 

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4. Has the drama enrollment increased or decreased in the past year?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

Increased

46.7%

14

Stayed the same

30.0%

9

Decreased

23.3%

7

 

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5. In the course of one year, how many times do you take students to professional productions?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

At least 1

43.3%

13

At least 2

30.0%

9

At least 3

20.0%

6

More than 3

6.7%

2

 

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6. Can you approximate the cost, per student, for each professional visit?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

At least $5.00 each

10.0%

3

At least $10.00 each

23.3%

7

At least $15.00 each

43.3%

13

More than $25.00 each

23.3%

7

 

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7. Is there an “arts fee” in place at your school?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

Yes

19.2%

5

No

80.8%

21

 

answered question

26

 

skipped question

4

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8. Where does money for professional viewing come from?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

School budget

3.3%

1

Yearly arts fund

6.7%

2

Individual students pay-as-you-go basis

90.0%

27

 

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9. What happens to those students who can’t or won’t pay for professional viewing?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

The school pays for them

23.3%

7

They don’t go

66.7%

20

I pay for them myself

10.0%

3

 

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10. What is the best way to fund professional viewing?

 

Response

Percent

Response

Count

School budget

13.3%

4

Special arts budget

53.3%

16

Fund raisers for the department

10.0%

3

Pay-as-you-go

23.3%

7

 

answered question

30

 

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0

 

In 2012:

Across the country, 55 Drama Teachers responded to EnsembleImpact’s Professional Need(s) survey. Some had Drama Departments with as few as as 10 students; others were part of a team that taught nearly 600 students per year.

We are pleased to report that 87.3% of the teachers surveyed made “viewing a professional production” a requirement of their drama curriculum. We were even more pleased to see that over and above that number – 96.4% of teachers surveyed – said they took their students to more than one professional production per year.

(How often) do you take your students to professional productions outside the school?

One – 13.2%
Two – 37.7%
Three – 24.5%
Four – 24.5%

Yet (interestingly enough) the same survey showed that only 24% of the respondents had an “arts fee” in place at their school – 61% said “no” they didn’t have an “arts fee” in place and 14.9% didn’t know if their school had one.

Is there an “arts fee” in your school that allows for professional viewing?

24% said yes
61% said no
14.9% said they didn’t know.

Moreover, 72.7% of those teachers did not use special fund-raisers for those out-of-school visits.

Are there any drama-specific fund-raisers to boost resources in your department?

27.3% said yes
72.7% said no

73.6% of all respondents were members of Drama New Zealand and nearly 62% of those teachers surveyed used Drama Net on a weekly basis.

We’re left – after thanking those who did respond – with one unanswered question:

Who funds the arts at your school?

 

EnsembleImpact

www.ensembleimpact.com