Playing in Japan

Sharing our knowledge and passion for applied improvisation and applied theatre in Japan. Our Director, Nicola Pauling, presenting a lecture and workshop at Tsukuba University, Tokyo.

Learning through Play

Playing with language is learning language. Our weekly classes for former refugees and new migrants at MClass are a huge hit. Learning, connecting and developing.

Third Act

Improv with the over 70’s in partnership with Ryman Heathcare. An initiative approach to the wellbeing of our older people. This programme is running in a number of villages across Wellington.

We don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing!

Sharing our Kaupapa

In recent months we’ve been busy speaking about the why, how and who of our work. We co-presented with the Department of Corrections at a youth development conference in Wellington and at drama in education conference in Auckland. It’s a privilege to share our passion for the work and to explain its success.

Language learning through adaptive Improv


Improv and theatre based play activities are an active and joyful way to learn language and to understand culture and society. With this project we are at play with refugee background and new migrant students at two high schools in Wellington. Participation is effortless, joyful and developmental!

Play and Performance around the world

Our Artistic Director, Nicola Pauling, is the first New Zealander to graduate from the New York based, East Side Institute’s International Class Programme for advanced practitioners.  The programme focuses on performance as development, activism and enabler of social change and looks at projects, practitioners and best practice around the world.

Suffrage in Stitches

We are delighted to be once again partnering with Wellington Museum on a new project celebrating 125 years of Suffrage.  This is another wonderful three-way partnership for Voice Arts, working for the first time with Re Sew Wellington.  We will be facilitating and documenting women deep in crucial conversation as they work to recreate the Suffrage petition in cloth.

Toolkit for Best Practice

Creative New Zealand (CNZ) has launched a fantastic tool kit for community arts. Listen here to leading practitioners talk about the value of arts for development, featuring our own Artistic Director, Nicola Pauling.