Finding a Voice Through Theatre

Voice Arts provides free access to drama-based creative programmes in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, but what makes them truly unique is their ethos of delivering to people within their own neighbourhoods and spaces. The programmes are led by theatre practitioners trained by Voice Arts in the use of applied improvisation, devised theatre, and storytelling. While they mainly work with older people, including those living with dementia, they also focus on supporting the cultural development of former refugees, new migrant youth and their parents and grandparents.

Changes in ACE Aotearoa Leadership

ACE Aotearoa has undergone an interim change of leadership with Analiese Robertson stepping down from her role as Director ACE Aotearoa to focus on a secondment role with ACE Aotearoa Focus. Hannah Pia Baral has been appointed interim Director until 1 March 2024.

ACE Aotearoa Focus – Analiese Robertson

Analiese Robertson, previously Director of ACE Aotearoa, has moved into a secondment role with AA Focus, a subsidiary company of ACE Aotearoa. Analiese was previously the Professional Development and Networks Manager from August 2010 – May 2021 before becoming the Director, a position held until August 2023 upon acceptance of the secondment.

AA Focus was established in 2017 by ACE Aotearoa to create a diversified funding model for the organisation and assist with ensuring organisational sustainability.

Hui Fono Leads to Community Dance Classes

Attendance at the ACE Hui Fono Regional Workshop in Alexandra, October 2021 provided an opportunity for Emma McLean from Central Otago REAP to explore opportunities within her community to bring people of all cultures together to share and celebrate the richness of diversity through dance, music, food and storytelling. Emma says the Hui Fono regional workshop was an opportunity to learn and connect with the Pasifika way, and it was inspiring.