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Professional Development for Teachers

Provide training in devised theatre, voice, mime, improvisation,, acting, directing, singing, mask work, puppetry, inter-cultural performance, culturally responsive pedagogy, inter-disciplinary work, leadership skills using the arts, presence.

Artist Information

Bert van Dijk

Website: http://www.devised-theatre.com

Phone: 09 445 2596 or 021 1857956

Email: bertvdijk08@gmail.com


Devised Theatre, Intercultural Performance, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy through the Arts, world song, puppetry, mask work, voice training, professional development teachers, performance project management, movement & choreography, improvisation.

Actor, dancer, singer, directors, educator, animator.

Working with the entire school community using the arts. Coaching teachers to devise and direct their own school programmes and performances. Leadership skills through theatre.

PhD in Theatre
MA in Pedagogy/Andragogy
Dip Drama
Dip Mime

I speak 5 languages including level 2 Maori

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Cross Arts, Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Arts

Topics or Genres of Expertise: see aqbove

Languages Spoken: English, Dutch, German, French, Maori, BSL

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Wellington, West Coast, National

Space and Resources Required: Comfortable space to work in

Indicative Costs:

  • $100-$150 per hour

Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: European, European, Asian, Pasifika, Maori


Bert van Dijk worked with the students and staff of St Theresa’s Catholic School to produce a whole school performance based on a local Maori myth, with the creative process as the underlying focus. The brief was that it had to include the children’s ideas and was to be performed by the children (all the children). With the guidance of Bert and Rawiri Hindle, the students and teachers were led on a journey of discovery about how to create music, develop dance sequences and act out a myth using their own ideas and their skills within a culturally responsive framework. This was an amazing process that saw both staff and students blossom and grow as they explored their own creativity. The performance which was the culmination of the process, was performed in the outdoors to a very enthusiastic and appreciative parent audience. Throughout the whole process, teachers found Bert to be very enthusiastic, passionate about his craft and full of creative ideas. He listened to the ideas of the children and incorporated them into the overall performance which gave the children ownership of what they were doing. Bert was extremely well organised, very disciplined in his approach, and inclusive of children’s ideas and found ways to accommodate the diverse talents of students. He was a perfectionist with high expectations to which students responded. At the end of the process the children had developed a very warm relationship with Bert and appreciated what he had taught them through the creative process. I have no hesitation is recommending Bert as a facilitator of the creative process! Zita Smith Principal St Theresa’s Catholic School Plimmerton

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

Photos of Relevant Work by This Artist

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