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Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre offers theatre training classes to students from year 6 through to year 10, and then on to the auditioned Company. 

Classes are streamed as follows:


The Ensemble class is designed for students in years 6-8 (ages 10-13). In this class, foundations of key acting skills are laid down and practised while the students play a lot of drama games to encourage creative thinking and storytelling, as well as key theatre skills, in an engaging and energised way. 

The students of the Ensemble class will work towards a performed play throughout the course of the year, with the play generally taking place in Term 4 (October-December).

Thursdays 4pm - 5pm Yr 6/7/8. $150 per term


The Associates Class is designed for students in years 9 & 10, where the foundations laid down in the Ensemble are built upon and extended through games and exercises. The Associates will spend the year working on a play that will be performed in Term 4.


Thursdays 5.30 - 7pm Yrs 9/10. $170 per term


The Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre Company is a theatre training company for 15-19 year olds, with a focus on advanced acting skills that pave the way for possible further tertiary training.

The core principle of the HaBYT company is whanaungatanga - the treasuring of connection, community and trust. Throughout the year, members of the HaBYT Company work closely together to develop their craft as actors and performers, with a key focus on voice, movement and character work. Company members work towards a staged theatre work which is performed later in the year.

Our whanau is important to us, and trips away are organised occasionally and when possible to help bonding and friendships flourish. In the past, the Company has toured nationally and internationally every second year. COVID has, understandably, interrupted this, but we are progressing towards offering this opportunity once again.

Entry to the company is by audition only. Auditions are held in December-January of each year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or would like to register your interest.

We do not have a mid-year intake for the Company.

Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre is fee-paying to cover operational costs, with limited funded places available for students in need of financial assistance.
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