The Annual BATS Summit (TABS)

Powering up our artists!

TABS is designed to fuel our artists’ creative fire and support their development. In 2018, TABS is moving to September to coincide with New Zealand Theatre Month.

Our weekend programme of free events is accessible to performing arts practitioners wishing to upskill. It  focuses on areas of professional development identified by the sector as key to career sustainability in the arts, including health and wellbeing, advocacy for the arts, sponsorship and fundraising. It also provides an opportunity for established and highly experienced industry professionals to share knowledge, and inspire creative and professional development with others in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Through BATS Theatre’s risk/share model, co-ops who achieve 60% or more of ticket sales across their season make a small contribution to an accumulating Practitioner fund. The fund was created with the intent to develop practitioners. TABS is also supported by the Wellington City Council.

Watch this page for future announcements for TABS 2018!


TABS 2018 is proud to support a community led monthly initiative, The Lab! The aim of The Lab is to create a space for new work, fledgling, experimental or half formed new ideas to be tested and developed. It focuses on creating ownership over self initiated work, and networking with other independent artists to continue building and developing work together. 


 The Lab

The Lab

Led by Alice May Connolly and Eamonn Marra

The Studio, last Tuesday of the month, 7pm. 

The Lab is a new space for theatrical experimentation. Do you have a new show coming up, or a weird idea you just can’t shake? The Lab is the perfect place to test out your new ideas in front of a small audience from Wellington’s theatre community, followed by an informal discussion about the work in the bar after the show.

Check out The Lab on Facebook for dates and how to sign up and attend.






A big thank you to our TABS 2017 Supporters!

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