The Annual BATS Summit (TABS)

For the first time, we’ll be powering up our artists this November with The Annual BATS Summit (TABS)!

TABS is designed to fuel our artists’ creative fire and support their development.

The weekend programme of free events will be accessible to performing arts practitioners wishing to upskill. It will focus 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, with an additional spotlight on the arts practice of those involved in BATS’ key annual developmental initiative, STAB. It will also provide 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 being supported by the Wellington City Council.

Registrations are now open! To register for all sessions in TABS click here


2017 TABS Programme 



Not Afraid of the Dark
Māori and Pacific Producers Forum, led by Sasha Gibb.
The Heyday Dome, Saturday 25 Nov, 2pm - 4pm. (Capacity 70)

A bold new energy is emerging in Māori and Pacific Theatre in Wellington through the power house of Te Haukāinga, founded by Taki Rua, Tawata and The Conch. It's time for change, risk and vision in the theatre. In a forum led by Sasha Gibb, (The Conch), we will be hosting Nathan McKendry (Taki Rua), Sonia van der Heyden (Tikapa Productions) and Sarita So and Natano Keni (I Ken So Productions), to discuss finding your voice, telling your story and getting it from page to stage.

'Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.' - Brené Brown

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The Performance Laboratory
Meg Rollandi and Charley Draper.
The Basement Theatre, Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown. Saturday 25 Nov, 2pm - 4pm. (Capacity 40)

An immersive workshop with Meg Rollandi and Charley Draper exploring the techniques of The Performance Laboratory, this year's STAB LAB project. Participants will experiment with design-led practice using projection and live performance elements.

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Body of Work
Kate Prior, Eleanor Bishop and Julia Croft.
The Propeller Stage, Sunday 26 Nov, 2pm - 3pm. (Capacity 85)

2017 STAB production Body Double is the second collaboration between feminist theatre makers Julia Croft and Eleanor Bishop. The Pantograph Punch Theatre Editor Kate Prior chats to them about the show, the intersection of their individual practices and collective inspirations, and where their work sits in the wider landscape of the politics of gender.

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The Art of Advocacy
Dr Mike Joy, Laura O'Connell Rapira and Jo Randerson
The Studio, Friday 24 Nov, 6pm - 9pm. (Capacity 40)

What is the role of advocacy and how can it be used to better sustain the arts? Join us for a drink and free pizza from Hell to hear from social advocates including Freshwater Ecologist Dr Mike Joy, Laura O’Connell Rapira from Action Station and theatre maker Jo Randerson of Barbarian Productions, and the tools they use to make their voices heard.

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Money Talks: Fundraising and Sponsorship
Meg Williams
The Heyday Dome, Saturday 25 Nov, 10.30am - 11.30am. (Capacity 70)

Meg Williams, Executive Director of the New Zealand Festival, leads this session on alternative paths for funding your passion. Sponsorship, fundraising, and that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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Money Talks: Taxes and The Law
John Apanowicz and Hilary Beattie
The Heyday Dome, Saturday 25 Nov, 12pm - 1pm. (Capacity 70)

Chartered accountant, John Apanowicz, and Chapman Tripp solicitor, Hilary Beattie join forces to answer all those tricky questions you have about how to make the most out of your money, including payments, receipts, GST and taxes.

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Creating Pathways
Representatives from Victoria University, Toi Māori Aotearoa, Massey University and Toi Whakaari 
The Propeller Stage, Saturday 25 Nov, 4.30pm -5.30pm. (Capacity 85)

What are the pathways to a career in the arts? Representatives from Victoria University, Toi Māori Aotearoa, Massey University and Toi Whakaari will share with us the opportunities arts internships offer and how to get the best out of them.  This event will be followed by drinks in the Lumen Bar.

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Body-mind And Tranquil Stuff
Lori Leigh
The Heyday Dome, Sunday 26 Nov, 9.30am - 10.30am. (Capacity 20)

Join us for a practice geared towards arts practitioners offering the benefits of embodied presence, play, breath, energy, expression and restoration. Lori is a Yoga Alliance RYT 200.

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Creating Meaningful Work
Lani Morris
The Heyday Dome, Sunday 26 Nov, 11am - 1pm. (Capacity 30)

We know our work is meaningful - to us.  But who else cares?  Lani Morris will help you see how your work contributes to others and how this helps you to charge good money for it.

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Creating the Agent
Lani Morris
The Heyday Dome, Sunday 26 Nov, 2pm - 4pm. (Capacity 30)

We are creative!  We also need to develop a skilful marketing persona – creatively. Meet the Agent! In this session, Lani Morris will help you become confident about marketing yourself.

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Working with Live Camera in Performance
Eleanor Bishop and Kevin Ramser
The Propeller Stage, Saturday 25 Nov, 11am - 1pm. (Capacity 10)

Explore the process of using live camera in performance, as seen in STAB production Body Double, with designer Kevin Ramser and Writer/Director Eleanor Bishop. Participants will make compositions with live camera in groups composed of directors, designers and performers.

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Writing from Performance
Kate Prior and Adam Goodall
The Propeller Stage, Friday 24 November 4pm - 6pm, Sunday 26 November 10am - 1pm. (Capacity 15) 

Join The Pantograph Punch Theatre Editors Kate Prior and Adam Goodall for these two workshop sessions exploring what makes for strong critical writing from performance, how to apply critical tools, and building your voice.

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Please note: Submissions for this workshop are now closed.


The Studio, all weekend.

The BATS Studio space will become the TABS hub for the weekend. Share a cuppa, relax and engage in creative conversation on the top floor, with dinner and drinks provided on Friday night and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.  We’ll also be asking you for your ideas on how we can keep BATS feeling like your home away from home, our plans for our 30th anniversary in 2019 and TABS 2018 so bring your thinking caps!


A big thank you to our TABS Supporters!

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