Hagley Theatre Company

Hagley Theatre Company

Study At Hagley


The course that has evolved over the years is based on the tutors practical experience in the business of performing. Whilst there is a large component of study to undertake, the majority of workshops will be of a practical nature and require the student to have self drive and initiative. The skills developed in the practical class workshops will be put into practice through our extensive performance programme.

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

Year One


Entry to Year One is by application, interview and audition.

Students who successfully complete all core subjects will be awarded a Certificate in Performing Arts (Hagley College).


First Year students have six core subjects:

  • Acting
  • Physical Theatre
  • Dance
  • Playwriting
  • Singing
  • Voice


Course Fee: $1,200

College Enrolment Fee: max. $220


Year Two

Entry to Year Two is by application and interview

Students who successfully complete all core subjects will be awarded a Certificate in Performing Arts (Hagley College). 


Second Year students have six core subjects:

  • Acting
  • Physical Theatre
  • Dance
  • Stage Direction
  • Singing
  • Voice


Course Fee: $1,200

College Enrollment Fee: max. $220


Fees include all tuition plus Hagley Theatre Company merchandise and makeup supplies. Additional costs apply for students wishing to claim NZQA credits. Fees must be paid at the beginning of each academic year.


Classes and rehearsals are timetabled until 4:00pm, except for Monday and Wednesday when classes finish at 2:45pm. Rehearsals for our major seasons are held during the day though some weekend and holiday rehearsals may be scheduled. Our performance seasons are 8 nights in length, including an evening dress rehearsal.


Additional modules are scheduled for both second year levels depending on tutor availability and schedule. These include:

  • Make Up
  • Film and Television
  • Classical Studies
  • Musical Theatre


All Students are involved in our performance seasons which are cast through audition. Those who are unsuccessful in securing onstage roles are expected to assist with production tasks such as lighting and sound operation, sourcing and stage management. In addition to our major seasons there are a number of other performance opportunties students will be able to participate in. Some options are out Scene + performances, theatre for children and dance sessions.


As a post-secondary, pre-tertiary course of study, all applicants must be ages 18+ with positions in our first year intake dependent on the number of students returning for a second year of study.

Usually there are 18-22 positions available.

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Hagley Theatre Company

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510 Hagley Ave,


Christchurch 8011