Koi Sharpen Up Wānanga with Miriama and Equity NZ

About Koi - Sharpen Up

Join Miriama McDowell and friends for a one day acting workshop for Māori and Moana Nui performers. 

He aha te kaupapa o te rā?

  • Sharpen your skills
  • Deepen your connections 

We welcome emerging artists as well as tuakana in the industry for a facilitated day of sharpening skills together. This one day session is for Equity members and other performers.

Workshop Details

Āhea | When: Sunday 21 April, 2024 

Roanga | Duration: 10am-4pm

 Kei hea | Where: Tāhū Studio, Te Pou Theatre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane

Mō wai | For who: Māori and Moana Nui performers.

Utu | Cost: Free

About Miriama & Equity

Miriama (Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi) is a graduate of Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and has been an actor for over 20 years. She recently played Younger Whina Cooper in the feature film Whina, and won the Best Actress Award at the NZ Television Awards in 2020 for her role in Head High. She is a theatre and television director, and has extensive experience in working with physical theatre and devising with Massive Theatre Company. She has also trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Clown and Le Jeu. Miriama has been a board member of Equity New Zealand since 2018 and is a founding member of Intimacy Coordinators Aotearoa.


Equity New Zealand is a community of performers working together to build a vibrant, thriving, diverse industry that operates with creativity and professionalism.

Equity is the largest creative union in NZ, advocating for individual and collective workers rights and improving working conditions and pay for performers. The union works with the Equity Foundation to provide its members with a free professional development program, offering workshops that go to the heart of performers’ needs – skills development, community building, international training opportunities and much more. Equity New Zealand champions wellness, equality and inclusion industry-wide.

About the Whakapuāwai Programme

The Whakapuāwai Programme at Te Pou Theatre is an annual programme offering opportunities for development and connection for the Māori performing arts community. Check out the other opportunities below!

Kawhe Kōrero Māori with Maioha Allen
Whakaruruku Taupiringa Intimacy Coordination with Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Whakawhanaunga Waiata Sessions with Tyler
Te Pou Awe Acting Classes with Tainui Tukiwaho

Kawhe Kōrero Māori

Intimacy Workshop

Waiata Workshops

Te Pou Awe Workshops

Kua roa koe e ako ana i te reo Māori? Kua oti katoa rānei i a koe ngā akoranga reo Māori i Te Wānanga o Aotearoa? Tēnā haramai ki te Whare Whakaari o Te Pou ki te wānanga, ki te kata, ki te inu kawhe, tī rānei. Haramai kia tangatanga anō tō arero māori. 

Intimacy Coordination is about cultivating a safe and professional environment for the crafting of intimate content on screen and stage. This workshop will provide participants with valuable tools and language that will add to your kete & professional practice.

Nau mai ki Āperira Waiata Sessions! This an opportunity to come together, whakawhanuanga and just sing. Each session, the group learn a new waiata and hokimahara to previous ones. These are relaxed, drop-in style sessions so nau mai, haere mai!

Bringing back our popular Te Pou Awe acting workshops for 2024, we are inviting whānau Māori of the industry to come along and have a play with some acting. Facilitated by Tainui Tukiwaho, covering the many facets of acting and what makes Māori Theatre.

Kaitautoko | Funders

We are grateful to have various organizations, businesses and people supporting many different aspects of Te Pou. We couldn’t achieve what we have without their support. Our Whakapuāwai Programme is sponsored by the following: