The Young and Hungry Ambassadors’ Programme has been running for over seven years with the generous support of Wellington City Council. This programme introduces young people to the diverse range of live performing arts on offer in Wellington and provides students with the opportunity to find out what happens behind the scenes.
Ambassadors have the opportunity to attend over 25 live performances throughout the course of the school year – for FREE! These shows range in style and genre and are presented by groups such as Circa Theatre, Toi Whakaari, NZOpera, BATS Theatre and many more.
At the beginning of each academic year, secondary school teachers are invited to nominate two Drama or English students from years 12 and 13 to apply for the Ambassadors’ Programme. Applicants are assessed on their passion for theatre, interest in pursuing a career in the arts, academic standing and availability to attend the scheduled performances. In addition to attending a wide variety of live performing arts events, Ambassadors also have the chance to participate in live artist forums.
As part of the programme, Ambassadors will learn how to appreciate all forms of performing arts by developing theatre reviewing skills. Ambassadors are required to write a minimum of three formal theatre reviews, which are posted on the Young and Hungry website and, in some cases, are selected for publication to promote the shows. Ambassadors are also encouraged to share their experiences with their school peers by making in-class presentations.
Ambassadors’ Programme Benefits
Audience Development – This programme is designed to encourage young people to attend theatre and live performances. The opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of performing arts events is a great opportunity for young people to broaden their knowledge, perceptions and appreciation for the performing arts.
Education – Educating young people about the arts empowers them to be creative and expressive. In a media saturated environment, theatre can provide dramatic encounters that are live, interactive, challenging and relevant to who they are.
Career Exploration – Participants of the Ambassadors’ Programme will attend live artist forums where they can to speak with leading industry professionals. Ambassadors are encouraged to ask questions about the various opporuntities within the performing arts industry and explore paths they might be interested in pursuing.