A stirring new performing arts development programme for Waikato creatives

BOIL UP will foster the creative development of new, high quality, original Waikato performing arts works, through a tasty blend of mentorship, workshops, support and collaboration, upskilling local and emerging practitioners across a range of arts genres and industry areas.

Developed by The Meteor Theatre and intended to build practical capability and creative capacity in the local performing arts industry, BOIL UP is a project that aims to bring more of our stories and our people to a wider audience, with the creative and professional skills they need to succeed.

We are calling for submissions for original performing arts concepts from across the Waikato. BOIL UP will foster these productions from idea to performance in nine phases, from January to October 2021. (See brief timeline below)

BOIL UP is possible through partnership between: The Meteor Theatre, Creative New Zealand, BATS Theatre, Wintec Media Arts, Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and Creative Waikato. And will engage support from other arts organisations, professionals and organisations as required.



Phase 1: Request for submissions/ proposals
January 18 – March 7

Phase 2: Online pre-workshop hui

Phase 3: Ideas Development Workshops
Mid – April

Phase 4: Refine Time/Steering Interviews
May – June  

Phase 5: Master Class Development Workshops

Phase 6: Time to refine/ Production Planning
June – July

Phase 7: One-off showcase Performance

Phase 8: Short Season at The Meteor

Phase 9: Works tour to partner venue/festival
October onwards

Eligibility Criteria

To join in the Boil Up project, you will need to

  • Live in the Waikato. If a group, most of you will need to be based in the region too.
  • Have a new and original idea or early development performing arts concept that you can communicate to others.
  • Your concept can be from across all genres of performing arts: dance, music, toi Māori, theatre, musical theatre, spoken word, kapa haka, circus arts etc. If inter-arts/multi discipline, the work must contain elements of live performance.
  • Have a real willingness to develop your new work, to listen and consider feedback and incorporate as appropriate for development.
  • Be willing to grow your production team as needed, sharing tasks and delegating roles for others to develop their skills in a range of industry areas.


Please email inquiries to info@themeteor.co.nz (Attn: Boil Up Application).
Or click here to make your Boil Up submission!


  • Boil Up has an inclusive Demographic: all ethnicities, identities, ages, abilities will be considered for selection. But priority given to emerging and youth practitioners.
  • We identify Māori and Pacific artists as a key engagement group for creative development opportunities and welcome submissions from these perspectives.
  • All phases of Boil Up will be valuable skill building. Works not selected for final production will be supported, e.g. access to group tutorials and guidance on how to move forward.
  • Wintec students will be able to gain degree credits from involvement with Boil Up, subject to Wintec tutor approval.
  • This project has been informed by the successful one-off Waikato New Works Incubator (WNWI) run by CNZ and Creative Waikato in 2019. The three WNWI produced works had impact investment from CNZ. Boil Up is funded by CNZ and is no cost to you but it will not provide additional funding to individual productions at the conclusion of the project.