1 February 2019

Learn Writing for Theatre

Learn Writing for Theatre

Dates and times

Course Dates:

Monday 4 February, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Monday 11 February, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Monday 18 February, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Monday 25 February, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Monday 4 March, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Monday 11 March, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Monday 18 March, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Monday 25 March, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Staged Reading Date:
Monday, 8 April, 7:00 pm


The PumpHouse Theatre


Just $99.00 for the full eight-week course

How to get tickets

Book online below or contact The PumpHouse Theatre Box office on 09 489 8360


Join award-winning New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson at The PumpHouse Theatre for an eight-week course that will introduce you to the essential skills of writing for theatre.


You’ll emerge from this course with your own original script for a ten-minute play which will be performed before an audience on The PumpHouse Theatre stage in April 2019.


The programme covers generating characters and stories you believe in, through finding theatrical techniques to present them on stage, to expressing it all in a written script.


You’ll learn about light, sound, silence, action and space as well as the spoken word as part of your vocabulary and we’ll use engaging exercises to provoke you into thinking in three dimensions to create a compelling story for the stage.


About Gary Henderson


Gary Henderson is an award-winning NZ born writer and director. He has written for stage, screen, radio and as a collaborative librettist for opera.


His work has been professionally produced around New Zealand, in South Africa, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and the United States His most well-travelled play is Skin Tight which won a coveted Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1998 during a sell-out season at the Traverse Theatre later transferring to New York in 2006, UK in 2007 and Canada in 2008.


In addition, he has also directed the work of other New Zealand playwrights both in theatre and for television.


From 2006 – 2012 Gary taught playwriting at Unitec’s School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland.


In 2013 he was the recipient of The Playmarket Award which recognises ‘a playwright who has made a significant artistic contribution to theatre in New Zealand.’

He has also served many times as a director and mentor in the development of scripts by new writers.


We welcome Gary back to The PumpHouse for his fourth short writing course designed to help budding scriptwriters develop the craft of writing for theatre.