We were thrilled to host the Rehearsal Room last Saturday 21st February in Auckland. Moderated by accomplished actor and director Rene Naufahu, four directors and eight actors came together and rehearsed scenes. Rene bought his experience as both an actor having worked with some heavy weight Hollywood directors and his own strengths as a director to guide the directors and actors through the workshop.


Some feedback from the participants:

“I’ve learnt a lot and it pushed me outside of my comfort zone”

“The guys running it were very hands on and kept us on track. Lots of wise words, interesting working with different people”

“It was really useful in getting me to get something on the page and then off the page”


A huge thanks to those who participated, DEGNZ members  Jane Sherning Warren, James Solomon, Adam Fresco and Samuel Shelton as our directors. And of course from Actors Equity Stuart Shacklock, Daniel Pujol, Jodie Hilcock, Tony Buckler, Carl Drake, Kate Castle, Brett Gribble and Mary McCormick.


There are six more Rehearsal Rooms throughout the year and it is a great opportunity to practice your craft and see scenes come to life. You can register your interest in participating on eventbrite here and follow us on facebook here.

Last updated on 13 February 2018

Four emerging film directors have been selected to attend renowned Australian directing and acting coach Rob Marchand’s Character-based Improvisation Workshop to be held from 20 – 24 March 2015 by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ.

They are:

  • Gillian Ashurst (Snakeskin)
  • Max Currie (Everything We Loved)
  • Alyx Duncan (The Red House)
  • Lauren Jackson (I’m Going to Mum’s)

“This workshop is all about directors working with actors—putting the script to one side and going ‘off-road’ to improvise and explore the wider possibilities of character in order to enrich the story,” said writer/director Fiona Samuel.

“The selected projects and creative teams are bursting with potential, and I hope the five days working with Rob Marchand will give a huge boost to these new and exciting films in development.”

The selection panel comprised Samuel, actor Theresa Healey and producer Christina Milligan.

“Rob fully explores UK director Mike Leigh’s method of improvisation in his workshops,” said DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu.

“I am confident that this approach will be a rich and rewarding experience for not only the directors on the course, but for the actors they will bring with them as well as those they work with in future.”

Rob Marchand is an award-winning film director with over 25 years experience who is hailed as Australia’s foremost expert in this process. Rob runs his acclaimed workshops in Europe, the U.K. Australia and now in New Zealand.

The workshop is made possible with the financial assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission and the assistance of Script to Screen.

Last updated on 24 February 2015

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We are happy to announce two dates for Networking Drinks with WIFT in February, one in Auckland and one in Wellington. Join us in Wellington at MEOW on Wednesday 25th February or in Auckland at the Long Room on Thursday 26th February. We hope to see you there!




Last updated on 13 February 2018