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Workshops, resources and productions for schools.



Professional development for teachers
Workshops for students in the classroom
School matinees in a professional theatre
Education resource kits for NCEA

Massive Theatre has been working with teachers & schools for 28 years.

Current production

Performances for schools in Auckland & Whangarei, July/August 2019.

Education Resources

Education resource packs for Massive productions, available to download for NCEA exams.

Teacher workshopS

Professional development workshops for teachers and theatre practioners.


Bespoke in-school workshops for students, teaching devising processes for theatre-making..


Written by: Jo Randerson
Directed by: Stef Fink
Design: Micheal McCabe
Lighting: Jane Hakaraia
Producer: Baylee Watene-Kay

Cast: Seto Ierome, Sherry Zhang, Elsie Polosovai, Jasper Putt and Francesca Browne

You have 60 minutes to come up with a vision to save the world, and the timer’s ticking – what will you do? Bursting with wit, energy and tenacity, ‘Like a River’ is an unpredictable and rule-breaking countdown to a better, different world. In a lively conversation with each other and the audience, our ensemble of five oddball individuals wrestle with the complexities of what it means to be a hero.

Our 2019 emerging artists’ production ‘Like a River,’ has been written by the brilliantly funny and acclaimed playwright Jo Randerson. Jo’s award-winning shows have played in New Zealand and worldwide, and her writing has twice been shortlisted for the International Institute of Modern Letters Prize.


JULY 23-29: Basement Theatre, Auckland (including 2 school matinees)
AUGUST 7: Forum North, Whangarei   

Cast & creative team

Education Resource Packs

You will receive an education resource pack to accompany your attendance closer to the time. Examples of previous packs can be seen on our Education Resources page.

Education Resources

Study Guides for our Productions

These education packs contain valuable information about design elements, the director's vision, themes, our method of devising and our process of scriptwriting.

The Wholehearted


The Island

The Brave

massive Making

Massive Theatre Company specialises in teaching devising processes for theatre making, in which students learn how to create work using their own relevant and meaningful content. If you are interested in other areas of theatre craft and processes, we will design a workshop to suit.


Contact us for further information or to register your interest in Massive Making.

Massive Making is a bespoke workshop, designed specifically for you and your students.


The Massive Making package includes individualised pre-workshop consultations (by phone, Skype or in person), supporting material, workshop delivery and follow up.


We encourage at least a one day workshop, but will design a workshop for anywhere between two hours and a week in length.

Even though Massive is based in Auckland, we also travel nationally and internationally to deliver our workshops. Please do still get in touch if you are outside of Auckland.

Our students were able to experience true ‘authenticity’ in the approach, nature and outcomes from their work. The material generated, and processes followed, opened our students’ eyes up to what a day in the life of performer/actor/theatre maker really involves out the industry and gave them the hunger to shift their commitment and impulses within their own work to a new level of real heart and impact.
— Ryan Benjamin - Teacher - McAuley High School

massive Teacher workshopS

Our teacher workshops are run by Sam Scott, MNZM, founder and Artistic Director of Massive Company. With 33 years’ teaching and directing experience, Sam is one of New Zealand’s leaders in developing arts practitioners. Specialising in working with emerging artists aged 14-25, Sam cares deeply about her workshop participants and the content of the classes she teaches.

NAPIER: November 15
November 19
November 21
November 22

These workshops are designed for teachers of young people, but are also perfect for theatre practitioners with a particular interest in devising.

The workshop will focus on processes you can use to make vibrant, bold, relevant theatre pieces with your students.

Throughout the workshop, Sam will clearly explain the thinking and philosophy behind everything she does, so you have a pedagogical content knowledge of the work.

Fee: $120 + GST.  Concessions are available on a case by case basis. Please apply on the registration form.

This fee covers the workshop, individualised support, teacher notes and access to videos and education packs.



“This is the best Professional Development I access each year, and I always come away inspired and excited to create new content for my students. Sam is an amazing facilitator who is genuinely interested in developing each teacher’s skills, and is so open with her resources.”
“A Massive Company workshop will reignite your own creative ‘fighting spirit,’ so that you can encourage the rangatahi in your classes to do the same.”
“Generating performance material, using the carefully scaffolded structures that Sam with Massive Theatre advocates, makes the process readily accessible for the classroom teacher to use or adapt. The strategies appear deceptively simplistic whilst at the same time resonate with depth and nuance.”
“It’s so exciting to get new and different ideas for working with teenagers in the performing arts. I left the Massive workshop excited to go back to work and try new ideas, especially for boys in my year 9 class. Sam Scott has been inspiring me for over a decade and I highly, highly recommend attending if you can!”