The Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival offers an Ambassador Programme to selected individuals within the community who wish to further their knowledge of the arts industry.

The Ambassador Programme is about supporting the next generation of actors, playwrights, technicians, producers or directors to engage with professional practitioners, encourage them to become theatre-makers and to work alongside primary/intermediate students to develop their teaching skills.  The most powerful learning happens through doing and by gaining a deeper understanding of how professionals work within a theatre context. The participants will engage with highly skilled actors, directors, musicians, dancers, writers and much much more throughout the Festival and enhance their skills by participating in workshops, master classes and analysing high quality performance art. This experience is available for up to 20 - 25 participants.

The 2019 Furnware Ambassadors applied in June and were auditioned in July/August. We have 22 successful applicants. This year with the continued support of Furnware the ambassador programme will continue to develop and grow and we look forward to seeing their own performance Beneath the Surface during the Festival.  Each year we receive a large number of applications and this year was no different with over 50 students applying. Those students who were not successful will enter our FOSTER programme where they will get to have workshops with selected professional directors and actors.  They will also have the opportunity to attend a few performances throughout the Festival at a lower cost and speak to some of the performers.

If you wish to find out more about the Ambassador Programme please email to Daniel Betty ( the Education Manager.

Ambassador Final

Beneath the Surface

Produced by: 2019 Ambassadors
Directed by: Lisa-Jane Easter
When: Saturday October 24
Time: 11.00am
Where: The Victoria, Spigeltent
Duration: 60mins
Genre: Theatre
Audience: General admission
Cost: $18 Adults, $10 Child

“Light is common on the surface; rare in the depths.” – Marty Rubin

Our rangatahi have dreams, hopes and aspirations…. we’ve all been there, and we all understand that some things lie beneath the surface. When you plunge in deeper, block out the rest of the world, you can truly feel at one with yourself. Each plunge we take can lead us in a different direction, for better or worse, but we always come up for breath.

Beneath the Surface is a culmination performance by our 2019 Furnware Youth Ambassador programme. This piece is a compilation of scripts, interwoven with narration and music that have been selected to culminate in a touching performance of discovery, desire and determination. The Furnware Youth Ambassadors are supported in their exploration by director Lisa-Jane Easter and the work is devised and compiled by Daniel Betty. Beneath the Surface Photo: Dan Browne

The Furnware Ambassador Programme is about supporting the next generation of performance creatives. Each year a group of senior secondary students, aged 15-20 are enabled to participate in elements of the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, both on stage and behind the scenes, with opportunities to engage with professional practitioners, develop their skills, devise original work and take up leadership roles in our Festival of Youth.

“Here at Furnware, we’re all about inspiring young minds and that’s why we continue to support the Education and Ambassador Programmes. We love supporting young people in activities that fuel their curiosity and unleash their imaginations. Like the group before them, this year’s Ambassadors are a group of creative, innovative and fresh young minds and we wish them a wonderful learning experience by being part of the Festival.” Hamish Whyte CEO Furnware

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