International Coaching Initiative

One-on-one mentoring with international experts for artists/companies or independent producers that have international touring experience. Your work must encompass children’s theatre or physical theatre, dance, or new theatrical formats.


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1 Dec 2017

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • specialised training or practical experience.


To apply for the International Coaching Initiative you must:

  • be a performing artist, company or independent producer with a track record of:
  • commit to 4 x 1hr skype/phone meetings with the mentor and be available to meet in person when they are visiting New Zealand - most likely to be between Feb-April 2018
  • not be funded through the Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Uru Tōtara investment programmes.

2. See what's funded


The International Coaching Initiative is to help applicants build the capability to succeed internationally by:

  • bringing new ideas and international best practice to New Zealand
  • offering tangible development outcomes to the sector
  • helping forge longer-term relationships with international colleagues.

The mentors

Wolfgang Hoffman is the director of Aurora Nova, a theatre booking agency specialising in physical theatre, contemporary circus and new theatrical formats. He has programmed over 1,000 shows and events across all artistic genres from the radical and avant-garde to highly commercial productions and events.

Tony Reekie is the former director of Imaginate, Scotland’s development organisation for theatre for young audiences. He has worked in the performing arts sector for 27 years and has dedicated himself to the development of performing arts for children and young people in Scotland.

What’s on offer

Up to two performing artist/companies or independent producers with current international touring experience will be selected for one-on-one coaching with one of two international experts.

Your mentor will provide: 

  • advice on the types of work that tour successfully overseas
  • feedback about the suitability of your work for identified international markets
  • advice on the suitable platforms, challenges and audiences in relevant markets as well as current and future trends 
  • guidance on how to develop a sustainable plan for succeeding in international markets.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

Register or Log in

To apply for this opportunity:

  • Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  • Gather support material
  • Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Your application will be assessed by the mentor most suited to your practice as well as external assessors and partners.

The senior manager of the Arts Development Team will review and approve these recommendations.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed on:

  • the quality of your work and track record internationally
  • the alignment of the mentor with your  international goals
  • the potential impact of the coaching on your strategy development and objectives
  • your capacity to implement an international strategy.

5. Notification of results

Results of applications will be advised via email on 20 December 2017. 

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date. This will include your international strategy or strategy development plan (when additional research is required before the strategy is finalised).

An impact report after 18 months, including an update on international activity and the impact the coaching and strategy had on this activity.

To be considered for further funding, your reports need to be submitted on time.

7. Who to contact

Grace Sinclair
International Team Coordinator
(09) 373 3077


Jude Chambers
Manager- International Programme