Schools Programme

Students seeing Fringe show 'Side B' in Summer 2018.

Students seeing Fringe show 'Side B' in Summer 2018.

Te Ara KI Angitu - The Pathway to Opportunity

The Basement Schools Programme connects grassroots theatre makers with young people across Auckland and provides intimate, professional theatre experiences for students who might not otherwise get the opportunity. 

Thanks to generous donations and community trust grants, students in the programme receive: tickets to shows, transport to and from the venue, workshops and Q&A sessions with artists, a touring show visiting their school, and high quality digital resources that allow them to respond to what they have seen within the framework of the New Zealand curriculum, all at no cost to the student or their school.  

These students had never been to the theatre before and they are addicted!
— Sarah Jansen, Drama Teacher, Edgewater College

Students seeing Fringe show 'Side B' in Summer 2018.

Students seeing Fringe show 'Side B' in Summer 2018.

Check out this wee video about our Schools Programme.

Growing the programme

We are really proud of our Schools Programme, and would love to be able to offer a greater number of tickets so that more students can benefit from the experience.

The programme is currently available to students from seven low-decile schools in the Auckland region (Edgewater College, James Cook High School, Manurewa High School, Mount Roskill Grammar School, Onehunga High School, Otahuhu College and Selwyn College), and we'd love to extend it out to more schools across the city.

To find out more about our schools programme, email 

Basement Theatre Schools Programme Workshops

Participating schools benefit from several drama workshops organised by Basement Theatre throughout the year. The workshops give the students an opportunity to develop their skills and interact on a personal level with active theatre practitioners.

thank you!

Our Schools Programme would not be possible without the incredible support of the following organisations, as well as the generous donations made through our Basement Lovers Club by David Appleby, Pip Duncalf and Mike & Margaret Stanley.

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