EIGHT WEEK TERM BLOCKS
Term 1: 4 February - 17 March
Term 2: 28 April - 30 June (2 week break May)
Term 3: 21st July - 8th September
Term 4: 13th October - 1st December
What does The Actor's Dojo mean?
Dojo (noun): A (sacred) space where the physical arts are practiced, and mastery is attained. From the Japanese “Do” meaning “the Way” & “Jo” meaning “Place of Practice”:
What are the core aims?
Create an artistic home or community for actors, physical theatre performers, dancers, directors, teachers and students who share a common vision.
Provide year-round training in a number of aligned areas/methods with the goal of producing a dynamic well-rounded performer (strong in their physical, vocal, mental and emotional skill-base).
Establish a safe space where performing artists and arts students can work on their craft in an honest, open, rigorous environment – away from the commercial pressures of casting, rehearsals, and performance seasons.
Foster excellence through quality training & teachers dedicated to creating a learning journey which will inspire, encourage, and aid participants to be the best version of themselves that they can be – both as artists and people.
What is the history of The Actor's Dojo?
'There is no such thing as good or bad acting, only degrees of profundity of the actor's reason for being on stage.'
- Tadashi Suzuki
PLEASE NOTE: This training course is physically rigorous and mentally challenging. Participants should be in good health and prepared to work hard. However, no previous physical theatre experience is necessary.
Due to the demanding nature of this course, all participants in the adult's dojo must be at least 18 years of age (or have finished Year 12 with a recommendation from their drama teacher).
In New Zealand Zen Zen Zo physical theatre training is led by Alys Hill. A qualified and registered dance and performing arts teacher, Alys spent 10 years training regularly with the Australian Zen Zen Zo company.
Alys is now based in Christchurch where she runs the weekly Actor's Dojo classes in town. However Alys also frequently travels around New Zealand to run Zen Zen Zo workshops and residencies for high schools, professional theatre companies and more.
ALYS HILL, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR ZEN ZEN ZO NZ
B.ED (PERFORMING ARTS), REG. TEACHER & JOLT DANCE TUTOR