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Welcome to Rata Studios


Established in January 2013, Rata Studios prides itself on offering specialised professional courses to children and adults in focused areas of drama, music, visual art and creative technologies.

Taught by industry professionals, using state of the art equipment, in world class facilities, and with strong relationships with the industry, we provide inspiring opportunities for our people to access and make a life in the creative and performing arts.

Rata Studios operates out of the incredible Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre.



latest News

In January we are running two intensives for adult  Jazz and Orchestral Musicians.Participants will get to spend a few days with others who share in the love of music and learn from some of NZ's  top orchestral...22 October 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, we have run two brand new opportunities. In the first week we ran a filmmaking course where we made three short films and a music video! This was hugely successful and there are some future...06 October 2020

Rata Studios completes another busy term!Term 4 classes and lessons start again on the following dates:Rata School of Music starts again on Saturday 10th Oct. NB this is the last Saturday of the school holidays. Mid...24 September 2020

Congratulations to Rata students Olly Presling and James Matamua who play the same character at different stages of his life in the new film SAVAGE which is being released in NZ on the 3rd Sept.Shot in the Wellington reg...27 August 2020

We will be continuing with our programmes as usual, with a few extra safety measures put in place, following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. Some important information for ALL programmes, about how we...13 August 2020

Rata Studios Jazz Band

Following on from the great success of the Wellington Late Starters’ Orchestra, we are pleased and excited to be launching the Rata Studios Jazz Band in Term 3 2020!

Following the same principles, the Jazz Band will be non-auditioned and open to adult players of all levels. Music will be arranged and provided for near beginners and to more advanced levels. This would be open to rhythm section players too, so piano, guitar, bass and drums/percussion, as well as all the usual brass and woodwind, are welcome!


WELLSO (Wellington Late Starters Orchestra)

Started learning an instrument later in life or just coming back and feel like you are starting again? Here is an amazing new opportunity for you to hone your skills alongside others in the same boat.

Designed to be a fun, enjoyable experience tailored as much as possible to your level this programme is perfect for all those late teens to adults (any age) wanting to get out of their rooms and play music with others.


Miranda Harcourt’s Professional Teen Acting

We are  thrilled at the success of the family of teen actors we have created over the short history of RATA Studios. We have had our students cast in TV shows, films, and on the professional stage. Find out how to get involved in this course which is seen as a kick start to many young actors careers.


Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243