Magdalena Aotearoa logoThe Magdalena Aotearoa Trust, founded in 1997, encourages and promotes the work of women in the performing arts in Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is inspired by the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary performance.


Recent News

Bodies:On:Live Bodies:On:Live – the first online Magdalena festival (5/18/2021) - The first online Magdalena festival takes place 24-28 June 2021 and asks, what happens to theatre when bodies are distant?
The Plauge, directed by Lilicherie McGregor Play reflects contemporary crisis (3/24/2021) - Lilicherie McGregor directs an adaptation of Albert Camus' 1947 play "Le Peste" at Titirangi Theatre.
Deborah Hunt activity AT:HOME:LIVE – Magdalena Online (3/22/2021) - The international Magdalena Project is holding monthly online gatherings as a way to nurture the network during this time when physical festivals are impossible.
Jo Ranerson 2021 Jo Randerson Honoured (2/4/2021) - Congratulations to Jo Randerson, who has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the performing arts.
Hen's Teeth Hens’ Teeth Documentary (1/8/2021) - The new Hen's Teeth documentary will be show at a fundraising event on 28 January 2021 at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington.
Voices of Women 2020 ‘Voices of Women’ album released (8/6/2020) - "Voices of Women" is an album of new, quality NZ music, featuring leading NZ female musicians singing the words of some of NZ’s most well-known female leaders, writers and activists including, of course, Kate Sheppard, and our current Prime Minister.
Spoken word at a BLM rally in Auckland (6/23/2020) - At a Black Lives Matter rally in Aotearoa New Zealand last week this group Ngā Hinepūkōrero were captured on video in powerful, intelligent spoken word, in a piece about voice.
Madeline McNamara wins Accolade for Outstanding Performance (12/19/2019) - Madeline McNamara has been awarded the Campion Accolade for Outstanding Performance at the Wellington Theatre Awards for her solo show, The Attitudes - Refusing Performance.
Magdalena Aotearoa 1999 Magdalena makes history (9/2/2019) - Magdalena Aotearoa has made it into the pages of the official New Zealand History website, with a very nice article written by Cherie Jacobson. The article traces our journey from the very beginning, through the organisation and realisation of our International Festival of Women's Performance, and our ongoing activities up to the present day.
Men taking up space again … (3/14/2019) - It's great that currently there is increased discussion around the representation of women and minority groups in theatre, both in New Zealand and internationally. What's not so great is when men, however well intentioned, think they can make a useful contribution to the discussion but instead end up providing a great example of the problem.