Whetu Silver

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours
  • Theatre Studies

Whetu reckons she has “the coolest job in town”. As the Youth Arts Coordinator for Auckland Theatre Company (ATC), she is in charge of running their education and youth programme.

“Basically I get to hang out with young people and see great theatre! Our education and youth programme is filled with action packed projects such as the annual Summer School, where we put on theatre for and by young people, as well as the ATC Ambassadors programme for high school senior students. I also do a whole lot of stuff with secondary schools, whereby the students come to our shows and we run workshops for them.”

From a young age, Whetu has had a passion for visual and performing arts, so it made sense for her to pursue her passion through tertiary study. Within her Bachelor of Arts degree she studied Theatre Studies, Dance, Māori Traditional and Contemporary Arts.

“My degree from Waikato armed me with the knowledge and foundation for all the work that I have done to date, from the theory and history of theatre to the embodied ways of understanding dance. I also developed a wide network and community of people who share these similar passions.”

Aside from a busy and varied work life, this arts enthusiast also has a number of other plans and projects on the go.

“At the moment I’m working on my first play and I have a three-part dance works in the pipe lines, of which part one is underway. I have also always wanted to, and still will one day, run my own youth company and tour the world with them!”

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