Jump into Wellington’s theatre scene 

Young & Hungry Ambassadors has been running since 2003.  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 a range of performances throughout the course of the school year.  These shows range in style and genre and are presented by groups such as Circa TheatreToi Whakaari, NZOpera, BATS Theatre and many more.

At the beginning of each year, secondary teachers are invited to nominate two Drama or English students from years 12 or 13 to apply to be Ambassadors.  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 performing arts events, Ambassadors have the chance to participate in artist forums.

As part of the programme, Ambassadors will learn how to appreciate all forms of performing arts by developing theatre reviewing skills.  They are required to write a number of reviews, which are shared with the producing companies, and to share their experiences with their school peers by making in-class presentations.



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.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Y&H Ambassador 

Click here to read Ambassador reviews 

Click here to access Ambassador resources (password protected, Y&H Ambassadors only)