For ages 16-21 • $700 / year
7 February - 28 November 2019 • Thursdays 5PM-7.30PM
Basement Company has been running since 2005 and is an intensive full-year programme for emerging artists to gain professional level skills and experience.
Alumni of the company leave with experience in performance, stage craft, voice, improvisation, script analysis and devising. The programme is built around three public performances during the year. The first is the iconic Badjelly the Witch. For the second performance, the company will take on a fully devised show for young adults titled The Girl with A Grudge. For the third performance the company brings the well-known play, Spring Awakening, to life.
The company meets for a two-and-a-half hour workshop each week during term time, one full-day intensive per term, plus rehearsals, production week and performance season, twice yearly. Members attend all Centrepoint main bill productions for free as part of their learning.
The main tutor of the programme is Dan Pengelly, Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre. Daniel holds a Masters in Theatre Arts (Directing) from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University. He was previously the Associate Director of The Court Theatre in Christchurch and has directed multiple productions around New Zealand. He is a veteran improviser and his main areas of expertise are comedy and devising.