TAPAC is recognised as one of Auckland’s most popular performance, rehearsal and performing arts education venues. Every year more than 150,000 people visit TAPAC and almost 100,000 Aucklanders come to learn, rehearse and perform.
Established in 2003, as a result of a partnership between the community, Auckland Council and Western Springs College, TAPAC is a registered charity and all profits go back into providing exciting, quality and affordable performing arts programmes for the community.
Each year, TAPAC hosts more than 150 performances. We stage co-productions with some of Auckland’s leading theatre companies, including the popular ‘Night of the Queer’ and our annual October children’s holiday show. We also hire out our theatre to a wide variety of established and emerging performing artists and community performance groups – including Prayas Theatre Company, Hawaiki TŪ, Okareka Dance Company, Silver Circle Productions and Indian Ink.
TAPAC participates in a number of vibrant festivals, including Short+Sweet, Auckland Pride, Fringe, Screenies Children’s Film Festival and Rangmanch International Theatre Festival.
TAPAC is an incubator of talent that nurtures aspiring performers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We run more than 1300 performing arts classes annually and stage innovative programmes every school holidays for children aged 5-16.
TAPAC-run classes are led by industry professionals, who offer the best training available and a direct connection to the professional performing arts industry.
TAPAC’s facilities are also hired by external teachers, such as Great South Dance Academy, Identity Dance Company and Matworks, who offer a diverse range of classes including Ballet, Hip-Hop, Afro-Fusion, Flamenco and Pacific dance and pilates.
TAPAC is also the home of the Western Springs College Performing Arts School.
TAPAC welcomes a diverse range of community groups, including Mixit Creative Project for Migrant Youth, Mind over Manner Education Programme, Starjam, and Marvellous Theatre for Seniors who hold classes, workshops, development seasons and rehearsals.
TAPAC is the only venue in Auckland that offers the community access to four performing arts studios and a professionally-managed purpose-built theatre with a flexible seating capacity of 160. We also offer a community kitchen and bar, dressing rooms, open foyer and free car-parking.
Our Mission and Vision
- To provide a vibrant and inspiring centre for excellence in performing arts and education.
- To connect the professional, community and educational performing arts of New Zealand.
- To provide a safe and positive environment for established and emerging artists and performing arts education.
- To welcome and support people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
- To maintain an innovative, well-designed building reflecting the diversity of its users and the beauty and history of the local environment.
- To be a professionally managed facility.
- To support excellence in the performing arts.
- To celebrate and encompass diversity and encourage people to celebrate their differences and work together to understand their differences.
- To make involvement in the performing arts accessible and affordable for those who would not commonly attend performing arts classes or productions.
What Our Users Say
“This is a unique and special place which fosters cultural and creative expression in various ways and which welcomes and nurtures important groups, especially artistic groups, in the community. I love it here because it is an open space where I can be myself and so can others.” Elizabeth Kinell
“TAPAC is a place where marginalised communities feel safe to express themselves and their stories.” Wendy Preston MNZM, Director Mixit creative project for refugee & migrant youth
“Our child has a disability. TAPAC is a very welcoming place where she can come and enjoy participating in activities alongside others, without all the judgement she gets at school.” Birgitte Harris
“As an elder amateur dancer, this place encourages us to be young and free again.” Louise Jennings
Feedback from participants on our education programmes is consistently high, reflecting the calibre of the teaching, and demonstrating the life-changing impact of the programmes.
“Unconventional, life changing, therapeutic”
“Enlightening, powerful and deep.”
“Challenging, supportive, exciting.”
Feedback from TAPAC’s Voice Training course.