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STAB 2006: Expressions of Interest

STAB 2006

2006 is the eleventh year of the STAB Commission and Season at BATS Theatre.

Creative New Zealand funds BATS to commission 2-3 boundary-shattering performance works every year from some of the country's most exciting creative minds. So here's your opportunity to dream up a cutting edge performance experience. Pitch your vision to BATS, and potentially be commissioned to turn it into a startling reality.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 17 March.

Contact BATS Theatre for more information.
1 Kent Terrace, Wellington;
(04) 802 4176 or



STAB originated in 1995 from BATS’ desire to initiate a commission that allowed theatre artists to experiment in a supportive environment. The STAB commission is an essential part of the BATS annual programme and can be accessed by all performance media; dance, theatre, opera, music, film, magic and interactive media. STAB has grown over the years to have a solid framework and process. The total commissioning amount for 2006 is $60,000.

The aim of STAB is:

- To secure and provide a significant level of funding (the commission) to support the creation of cutting edge, revolutionary performance work.

- To commission new New Zealand performance work.

- To support this work from inception through a production process to presentation.

- To present at least two productions in the STAB season annually.

- To promote BATS as the most exciting, cutting edge theatre in New Zealand with its finger on the pulse.

- To support a national community of innovative artists who strive to push boundaries in their performance work.


STAGE 1: Expressions of Interest

Friday 17 March: One-page form completed and returned to BATS.

STAGE 2: Short List Selection

Monday 20 – Thursday 23 March: BATS holds informal interviews with all those who have submitted expressions of interest.

Wednesday 29 March: Final selection of a small number of groups to further develop their concept.

Monday 1 – Wednesday 3 May : These groups present their concept and a detailed proposal containing budgets, personnel and marketing plans as well as creative content.

STAGE 3: Commissioning

Monday 8 May: Two or more groups are commissioned to produce their STAB project.

STAGE 4: Presentation

16 October – 26 November 2006: STAB shows presented/staged

STAGE 5: Reporting

December 2006: Project reports and budgets to be submitted to Creative New Zealand detailing project strengths and challenges.

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