The Annual BATS Summit (TABS)

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

TABS 2019: On Nimble Wings 27-29 September

Here's our programme for 2019:

Download the Session Descriptions Here!

Download the Timetable Here!

Friday 27th September 2019

TABS Launch Party, 9pm

Let's make it official and kick off the weekend in style. Refreshments and nibbles provided.

Bad Night Moon, 9.45pm

Local indie alternative rock band Bad Night Moon help us celebrate and remember the Pit Bar as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations.  

Saturday 28th September 2019 

Femme Clown Posse - Did anyone pack the wings? 9am

Boisterous and raucous fun, focussing on clown technique and joy. This workshop will build your sensitivity as a performer and help you to access a deeper authenticity and power. Clowning for anyone who identifies as Femme or non-binary.

Presenter: Anya Tate-Manning and Tessa Waters

Book in to Femme Clown Posse - Did Anyone Pack Wings? here.

Sparks Will Fly - Digital Creation, 9am - 12pm

A practical workshop where participants will experiment with the role video and projection can play inside of live performance. (Please bring your own laptop if possible).

Presenter: Charley Draper

Book in to Sparks Will Fly here.

Winging It, 9am - 12pm

Jerzy Grotowski said there is only one thing of which film and television cannot rob the theatre: "the closeness of the living organism". Stella Reid agrees. Join her for a developmental workshop on how to capitalise on that liveness in an audition for a modern text. 

Presenter: Stella Reid

Book in to Winging It here.

Producers PIT Stop, 10am - 12pm

Book in for some free 1 on 1 time with an emerging local producer. Bring along your 3 P's. A Project that you're working on, a Problem you're having and a Pro-active attitude to brainstorm for solutions.

Presenter: Beth Taylor 

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Lunch Hosted by Creative HQ, 12pm - 2pm

Creative HQ enable bright people to build brilliant businesses by nourishing entrepreneurial talent and driving innovation. Lunch provided.

Producers Pit Stop, 2pm - 4pm

Book in for some free 1 on 1 time with an established local producer. Bring along your 3 P's. A Project that you're working on, a Problem you're having and a Pro-active attitude to brainstorm for solutions.

Presenter: Eleanor Strathern

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Intimacy in the Air, 2pm - 4pm

What is an Intimacy Director? How can this new approach to handling sensitive content on stage help your process and assist to tell your story in the most compelling way? Join Movement Director and Intimacy Directors International Apprentice Carrie Thiel and Lori Leigh, for this informative discussion and workshop.

Presenter: Carrie Thiel and Lori Leigh

Book in to Intimacy in the Air here.

Learning to Fly - Design Process2pm - 5pm

This session looks at the multiple challenges faced by designers in today’s theatrical landscape where there is never enough time, never enough money, never enough space and never enough help with Sean Coyle and Jennifer Lal.

Presenter: Sean Coyle and Jen Lal

Book in to Learning to Fly here.

Mentorship - Wind Beneath My Wings, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop will ground you in your passion, values and vision for what you want your practice to be. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding on where they sit in the arts ecology and a solid plan for their year ahead with clear, month to month goals.

Presenter: Tessa Waters 

Book in to Wind Beneath My Wings - Mentorship here.

Sunday 29th September 2019

Flight Plan - 101 Stage Mechanics, 9am - 1am

A 101 crash course in theatre technology, focussed on digital technology. Learn how to rig a light, set up a sound system and build a stage. Optional extra, have a go at designing and operating a lunchtime open mic with your newfound techie skills.

Presenter: Brynne Tasker-Poland

Book in for Flight Plan here.

Producers PIT Stop, 10am - 12pm

Book in for some free 1 on 1 time with an experienced local producer. Bring along your 3 P's. A Project that you're working on, a Problem you're having and a Pro-active attitude to brainstorm for solutions.

Presenter: Maria Deere 

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Hauora on the Rise, 10am - 1pm

An interactive observation of wellness processes. What does it mean to uplift wellness in the Arts? What does that mean to each individual? Build up a toolkit for wellness using practical resources from Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho in collaboration with Playmarket.

Presenter: Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho

Book in for Hauora on the Rise here.

Lunch Hosted by Tāwhiri 12pm - 2pm

Tāwhiri is the creative force behind New Zealand Festival, Wellington Jazz Festival, Lexus Song Quest and Second Unit. Lunch provided

TABS Open Mic1pm - 3pm

Anyone can sign up! Do you sing? Juggle? Play the accordian? Share your hidden talents on the stage built by the Flight Plan - 101 Stage Mechanics class while providing an opportunity for them to get some lighting and sound operating experience. 

Presenter: Brynne Tasker-Poland in conjunction with Stage Mechanics session.

Register your interest for Open Mic Night here.

BATS of a Feather Flock Together, 3pm - 5pm

A continuation of the exciting work completed at our Strategic Community Hui on the 29th Aug, Sarah Tucker is back to round off the weekend as we delve deeper into our shared passions and ideas for the future of BATS.

Presenter: Sarah Tocker and BATS Theatre

If you are attending the hui please book in here.

 What is TABS?

 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.

Thanks to everyone who attended, supported and participated in TABS 2018. 


A big thank you to our 2019 Supporters!

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