Magdalena Aotearoa

a network of women in contemporary theatre

The Magdalena Aotearoa Trust was founded in 1997 to encourage and promote the work of women in the performing arts in Aotearoa (New Zealand). It was inspired by the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary performance.

Recent News

Madeline McNamara THE ATTITUDES – Refusing Performance- Madeline McNamara performs her solo show "Refusing Performance - the Attitudes, for 5 nights at BATS Theatre. This showing is part of a series of performance-based investigations since 2008 and in collaboration with Jade Eriksen.
“Women Like Us” – 25 years on- A play written for the centenary of women's suffrage gets a new lease of life 25 years later. Playwright Helen Varley Jamieson reports on the development of the project and recent workshop in Wellington.


I'll Tell you This for Nothing “I’ll tell you this for nothing”- "I’ll Tell You This for Nothing - My Mother the War Hero" tells the story of little-known WW2 hero Phyllis in a 70 minute solo performance written and acted by her daughter, Kate JasonSmith.
Women’s Theatre Festival 2018- Circa Theatre is delighted to once again host WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival throughout August, September and October.
WOMEN ON THE VERGE . . . WRITING WORKSHOP- As part of the fourth Women in Theatre Hui, Circa Theatre is hosting a writing workshop for women.
Question Time Blues-
This satirical and outrageous performance by Catherine Delahunty, ex Green Party MP exposes the truly bizarre underbelly of politics via poetry and bad gossip.
BATS Theater
1-3 February

Kiwi Magdalenas in Munich- The Magdalena München Saison 2018 took place during February, March and April in Munich, Germany. Kiwis Helen Varley Jamieson and Deborah Hunt (NZ/Puerto Rico) were amont more than 30 German and international women artists presenting work during the season.
Refusing Performance – The Attitudes-
Madeline McNamara shows her performance investigation "Refusing Performance - The Attitudes" at Vogelmorn Bowling Club, 6.30pm, Friday 17 November.
The Legend Returns! The Legend Returns!-
The celebrated diva Miss Cynthia Fortitude and her long-suffering accompanist Miss Gertrude Rallentando are back, for ten days only!
Circa Theatre
13-23 December 2017

Jo Randerson Jo Randerson: Call to Action- Jo Randerson was interviewed recently by The Big Idea on the status of the artist in society today.
“How can we stand up as artists and demand the conditions that we need to work? There are a lot of really poor offers that are made by institutions and companies to artists, and we continue to say yes to those offers.”