Apply Now: Directing Actors with Mark Travis


The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Directing Actors workshop with renowned American director, writer and teacher Mark Travis.

The workshop will be held in Auckland on Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 June.

About Mark Travis

Acclaimed as “the director’s director”, Mark W. Travis is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in the art and craft of film directing. Drawing from his impressive background in design, writing, acting, and his wide range of experience directing theatre, film and television, Mark is able to bring new insights and exceptional clarity to the complex task of directing the feature film.

Mark’s unique approach to working with actors and characters (The Travis Technique™) has gained the attention of directors, writers and actors worldwide and is becoming a standard approach for stimulating powerful performances.

For the past 20 years Mark has been sharing his directing techniques with student as well as professional directors, around the world, visiting over 17 countries and 30 film schools and organisations, including the American Film Institute, Pixar Animation Studios, UCLA Extension and Griffith University. Mark served as Tammy Davis’ directing mentor on New Zealand film Born to Dance.

Directing Actors

Directors will be immersed into the complex world of actor, character and story. The interpretation of story, the perception of character and the techniques of acting, when combined, create a complex world full of expectations, desires, projections, misunderstandings, and even miscommunications. Yet, this world is the core of every story told on screen and must be entered by the director with a sense of confidence and conviction and a willingness to collaborate.

Mark will introduce participants to the essential aspects and tools of The Travis Technique™, specifically the Interrogation Process and the Power of Staging. Using scenes from an established screenplay with the participation of professional actors, participants will get the opportunity to practice and explore this organic approach to directing actors.


All participants will be required to do some prep ahead of the workshop on the script that will be used across both days.


Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100

When: Saturday 10 June, 9am – 5pm & Sunday 11 June, 9am – 4pm.

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Lunch will be provided each day.


TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Directing Actors Workshop’ in the subject line. In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you want to attend this workshop
  • please also include your mobile number and dietary requirements.

Application Deadline: 9am, Monday 29 May.

This event is brought to you with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Last updated on 21 February 2018