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THEA253 Theatre, Culture and Identity in Aotearoa

Examines ways in which culture and identity are articulated in bicultural and multicultural theatre theory and practice in Aotearoa.

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 Theatre, Culture and Identity in Aotearoa
Paper code THEA253
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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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 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system