WHO WE ARE
We are a small team of highly skilled theatre practitioners committed to working with and for community. Together we are Voice Arts, a unique community-interlaced organisation, always working in partnership with others to develop and deliver creative engagement projects that support social justice, creative citizenship, personal and community development.
The actors we work with are those who are frequently unseen and unheard. The scripts we create are from stories that lie untold, lives that deserve acknowledgement, histories that can inspire those who listen, reflections that can heal.
WHAT WE DO
We gently guide and support people to explore their histories, beliefs and choices through the roles of writer and performer. This happens in a group* workshop environment where participation is effortless, deeply fun and socially therapeutic.
Together the group creates a body of work they then present back to the wider community; people telling their own stories in their own voice. Participants can do this through the medium of theatre, film or radio (and audio). No other creative space in New Zealand provides for people to make their voices heard across three performance mediums, each with their own distinct advantages.
*Where necessary we also work with individuals.
HOW WE DO IT
Voice Arts Trust has no physical base. We take our work into the community, utilizing existing community halls, schools and open spaces, making them into creative spaces. We seek to create an environment where participants are safe to share and create together, to learn from each other, to be both student and teacher.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Voice Arts was established in October 2005. We have a voluntary board of trustees and a director who manages the trust on a day-to-day basis and a project co-ordinator. We contract from a small pool of highly experienced theatre practitioners skilled in working with diverse groups within open and closed community settings.
Our projects have been supported by the Wellington City Council, UNESCO, MSD, Radio New Zealand, Department of Labour, Museum of Wellington, Te Puna Whaiora Children’s Heath Camps, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), NZ Lotteries Grants Board, JR McKenzie Trust, The Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust, Pub Charities and a small number of private donors.
The Trust is committed to:
- Using arts-based education to empower individuals and communities to greater self-reliance.
- Using arts-based education to facilitate positive change and encourage greater community cohesion.
- Working with people on the margins of society.
- Focusing arts-based education on issues of health, justice and social welfare;
- Respecting and implementing the dual heritage of the partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi);
- Respecting the cultural diversity of people and encouraging people from all nationalities to utilise the Trust’s services;
- Inspiring people to reach their full potential;
- Maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.