Hagley Theatre Company

Hagley for a Day


Come and immerse yourself for a day at Hagley Theatre Company and gain an insight into what your 2022 could look like! Friday 20 August, 2021.

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Welcome to Hagley Theatre Company

Hagley Theatre Company is a self contained, independent training and performance programme attached to Hagley College in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2018 the Company celebrated 30 years of providing expert, hands-on tuition and contemporary performance experiences to young people from all over the country.








Hagley Theatre Company offers students practical and theoretical study in a wide range of subjects through classes, practical workshop and a number of performance opportunities throughout the year. The course of study is one or two years in length and has been designed for those looking at further professional study and a career in the performing arts. We have a reputation for providing excellent training and have achieved remarkable success with placing students into studies with Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and UNITEC School of Performing Arts. Over the course of our 30 year history over 250 students have gone on to further professional study with many more securing ongoing employment in theatre, radio, television and teaching.



Our home base for the past 30 years, The Open Stage has been deconstructed to make way for a new, purpose-built building that will incorporate a theatre with attached studios to house our course alongside the College Dance and Drama programmes.


From 2020 Hagley Theatre Company will mainly be operating from a satellite campus in Edgeware while the rebuild gets underway. Students will still spend time at Hagley's main site on Hagley Avenue and will therefore have access to the library, cafe, Nurse and other facilities.



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Students have regular classes timetabled with a focus on both theatre and film and are also involved in a number of contemporary performance experiences. Our performance timetable is widely regarded as innovative and challenging with many of our seasons often never before seen in New Zealand. In addition to up to four major seasons annually the Company also delivers Christchurch audiences a number of other opportunities including Dance and our unique Scene+ seasons, the ideal introduction to Hagley plus Gi60x, the international one-minute play festival.


Unlike many training institutions all of our students are eligible for onstage roles through auditions that are held for all major seasons.


Students of the Company are also students of the wider College and as such can take advantage of the facilities available including Dance and film studios, cafe and library. Other benefits include medical and counselling services, sports teams and other cultural opportunities.


Register your interest in Hagley Theatre Company 2022 here.




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