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Magdalena Aotearoa



Magdalena Aotearoa publishes a newsletter - the old-fashioned paper variety - three times a year. Subscriptions are $30 waged, $20 unwaged, and $40 international or institutional. Post your cheque and address details to Magdalena Aotearoa, PO Box 27-300, Wellington, New Zealand. Click here for more information.


The third annual Gathering will be held 9-14 April 2009. This five-day event featuring work-in-progress presentations, workshops, discussions and exchange was first held in 2007 (read more) and again in 2008 (read more).

In 1999 we held the Magdalena Aotearoa International Festival of Women's Performance - a huge 10-day festival of performances, workshops and meetings attended by women from around the world. We hope to hold another such festival in the near future.

From time to time the Trust has produced other events such as the Making Waves workshop series and other workshops and meetings around specific topics; see the archive for information about past workshops and meetings.

Visiting Artists

Magdalena Aotearoa organises visits to New Zealand by women theatre practitioners from around the world; see the archive for information about past visits.

International Festivals

Members of the Magdalena Aotearoa network regularly participate in international theatre festivals and conferences, including Transit V at Odin Teatret, Denmark, 8-18 January 2007, and Magdalena Singapore, July 2006. See the archive for information about participation at international festivals.


The Magdalena Aotearoa Trust operates on a small project-by-project budget and is run by volunteers; we do NOT give grants.

The newsletter is funded through subscriptions, projects are funded by specific project applications, and we have a Patroness Scheme: we are very grateful to those individuals whose donations support our activities and overheads.

The Projects Handbook

The Projects Handbook is a resource for women starting out in theatre, and also for those who've been at it for a while but would welcome some handy tips. It's been gleaned from the collective experience of various Magdalenas over many years and through many productions and enterprises. To order your copy: send a cheque for $10 (this includes GST, postage and packaging) along with your name and postal address to: Magdalena Aotearoa Trust, P.O. Box 27-300, Wellington.



Coming Up:



Issue 32 of the Magdalena Aotearoa newsletter is out now.


National Gathering

Recharge: the Gathering 2009
will take place 9-14 April at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre in Wellington.
Click here to read more.




Madeline and Jill in Singapore

Madeline McNamara and Jill Greenhalgh at the Magdalena Singapore festival, July 2006.