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Touring Theatre for Sexual Health Promotion

Touring Theatre for Sexual Health Promotion

New Zealand
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Sexwise is a national touring sexual health promotion theatre programme using live performance and dynamic facilitation to engage rangatahi/youth, whanau and communities in dialogue. The goal is to create a transformational and empowering experience, rather than simply deliver information. The facilitation method acknowledges rangatahi/youth as sexual beings who can make healthy choices.

Sexual Health themes and dilemmas are presented by the Performer-Facilitators with songs, humour and drama. The narrative intentionally contains loose ends and unresolved conflicts to provoke thinking. Unresolved conflicts framed in the performance are the basis for dialogue with rangatahi/youth audience members about the issues and behaviours depicted. Audience members have an opportunity to provide real advice to the fictitious characters. In this way, our approach acknowledges young people as knowledgeable and fosters peer learning.

For this to be most effective, the performance needs to be relevant and engaging to connect with the audience. Ideally, students will recognise and/or identify with the characters and the issues they face.

Expectations of Performer-Facilitators
• Warm-hearted, engaging and confident in relating to young people with differing values, backgrounds and cultures.
• Communicating openly, in a non-judgmental and accepting manner.
• Self-motivated, generous, disciplined,and adaptable.
• Co-operative, collaborative and ready to take and give constructive criticism.

Approach the subject matter in an assured, open and non-judgemental way. Be secure with your own sexuality and totally accepting of others with a different sexual orientations. This requires an ongoing practice of self-reflection. Reflecting on our hangups in the process of understanding our own biases, helps us bring layers of depth to the characters we portray.

Sexwise Believes The Sexwise programme is under pinned with the following beliefs:

• Providing a Safe forum for discussion of an often contentious, tabu and stigmatised subject matter. Include working in imagined worlds with imaged people – creating an imagined garden and populating it with real toads. Protecting into emotion rather than avoiding it. Framing through role as advisors while being gamers.
• O?ering Power and Agency – enabling young people to bring to the fore those things that they want to talk about rather than what we think they need. Giving them choices about what they will discuss, ownership over their learning.
• The performance should provide opportunities for Identification for every participant with something, or someone, in the narrative.
• It is important that THETA demonstrates acceptance of differing values and traditions and opening them up for discussion and information.
• Our rangatahi/youth are sexual beings.
• We support open expression of diversity and the right to self-identify with regards to ethnicity, sexuality and gender identity.

Position Statements
• Educating for healthy sexuality – right to information to support positive choices
• Equity of access to sexual health services - Strength based Health Promotion
• Contraception – being available to all
• We honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi


Vision: Stronger resilient communities.

Mission: THETA uses applied theatre to promote wellbeing, equity, self- determination and to strengthen communities.

For 30 years, the Theatre in Health Education Trust (THETA) has delivered innovative and highly effective health education programmes to the rangatahi/youth of Aotearoa New Zealand through the experiential medium of theatre.

THETA employs Applied Theatre methodologies including Theatre-in-Education, Process Drama, Drama Therapy, Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre.

Our participatory theatre-based programmes are underpinned by up-to date information and practices, and work to engage people actively in issues that are otherwise di?cult to discuss. Through dynamic performance and skilled facilitation we engage communities in positive explorations of issues relevant to their lives.

The Trust Board acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a guiding document for relationships between Maori and Pakeha. We are also committed to addressing issues of Maori and Pasifika health in a positive, non-judgemental and a?rming way.

THETA is a registered charitable trust, currently governed by a board Trustees are drawn from a variety of ?elds including education, theatre, health, community development, law and finance management, including a Kaitiaki and Pasifika representation.

Maori, Pasifika, & LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Available – 17th February to late June 2020

Job payment

$17.7 per hour - Min wage plus travel, accomm, $45 per diem

Male and Female Theatre Actors

Genuinely passionate about working with young people. • Warm, engaging and confident in relating to young people with differing values, backgrounds and cultures. • Able to communicate in an open, non-judgmental and accepting manner • Disciplined, generous, adaptable, and self-motivated • Prepared to work co-operatively, collaboratively and to take and give constructive criticism • Able to work, travel and live on tour for several months with the same small group of people.

Anyone, aged 19 to 26

Applications closed 11 October 2019.

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Listing created: 9 September 2019
Applications closed: 11 October 2019
Casting #1030961
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