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Massive Company Free Foundations Workshop

Tuesday 26 January to Friday 29 January


Registrations essential
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Tuesday 26 January to Friday 29 January


Baycourt Addison Theatre


Presented by: Baycourt Presents & Massive Company

Young people from across Tauranga have an amazing opportunity to spend a week working with a team of experienced professional performers and directors, as Baycourt Community and Arts centre brings Massive Company back to the Bay for a week of free workshops this coming January.

Massive Company is a professional physical ensemble theatre company, creating new theatre with emerging and professional actors, director and writers. Massive work from real stories as a starting point, creating compelling performance work that has taken New Zealand stories on tour around the world.

Registrations are now open for anyone aged 15-25 years old, to take part in a 4-day workshop, running from January 26th – 29th, at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre. The workshop will run from 9am – 4pm each day, with an informal showing for friends and whanau at the end of the workshop, on Friday 29th January.

No previous experience is needed- just bring your energy, ideas and passion for performing arts!


The Tauranga workshops will be led by three experienced tutors from Massive Company, who have worked in theatre, film and television:

Wesley Dowdell

Wesley joined Massive Company at the age of 17, and has performed in many productions, including “The Sons of Charlie Paora” (which toured to the Royal Court Theatre in London), Whero’s New Net and Havoc in the Garden. Wesley is a familiar face on television, where his work has included Outrageous Fortune, Westside, Funny Girls and The Brokenwood mysteries.

Scotty Cotter

Scotty has been part of Massive Company since 2006, as an actor, tutor and director. Scotty’s work with the company has taken him to Manchester ‘Up Close Out Loud’ 2006, and to Liverpool in 2008 as part of the “Contacting the world” festival. Scotty has performed on stage in shows such as The Brave and The Wholehearted, and recently co-directed Massive’s emerging artist show for the 2020 Auckland festival, Babble. Scotty’s television and film work includes Shortland Street, Find me a Maori Bride, The Sounds and Aroha Bridge.

Celeste De Freitas

Celeste joined Massive in 2016 and has performed in their emerging artist shows Sightings and Chance to Ignite. Celeste’s work on stage includes a season with the Pop-Up-Globe theatre company, and a lead role in the Young and Hungry festival show I am Maori, directed by Nancy Brunning.