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THEA253 Bi-cultural Theatre

Examines bi-cultural theatre theory and practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This paper looks at theatre created between Māori and non-Māori contexts and explores how culture and identity can be articulated through theatre and performance.

The paper blends theory and practice in a dynamic way and culminates in a devised public performance by the class.

Paper title Bi-cultural Theatre
Paper code THEA253
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 100-level MAOR or THEA points and (THEA 102 or THEA 151)
THEA 353
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Programme. Contact the School of Performing Arts office (

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Teaching staff

Convener: Associate Professor Hilary Halba

Paper Structure
This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical performance workshops. Students will devise a public performance at the end of the semester, so extra rehearsal hours will be required outside of class time.
Readings for this paper will be drawn from a variety of textbooks. Your lecturer will give you a list of required readings at the commencement of the paper.
Course outline

Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to

  • Compare ways in which expressions of culture have been articulated in Aotearoa New Zealand through theatre
  • Articulate an understanding of
    1. Fundamental differences between bi- and multiculturalism in theatre
    2. The impact of cultural imperialism and globalisation on theatre production in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Analyse ways in which theatre can both reflect and challenge ideas of cultural representation and expression
  • Engage in Kaupapa-Māori-led research focusing on performance
  • Communicate findings orally, in writing and through performance
  • Devise a performance in a group

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system