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The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes will kick off our 2017 Professional Development programme!


The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes – Auckland

When: Saturday 25 February 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland


The Rehearsal Room brings together professionals – actors and directors – in a safe, supportive environment to practise working with each other on scenes under the guidance of an experienced moderator.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors. So MORE of this type of workshop please!” – Past participant

REGISTER on our event page to have your name in the draw to participate. For each event 4 directors and 8 actors will be selected. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room.

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.


Moderator – Ian Hughes
For this workshop, we are pleased to have highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes facilitating. Ian is a well-known actor (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Shortland Street, Go Girls, Xena, City Life, Lord of the Rings) who has worked with many of New Zealand’s directors and turned his hand to directing (Shortland Street, Step Dave).


Who is The Rehearsal Room for?
Professional actors and directors. It is open to Actors Equity and DEGNZ members of all levels of experience, from novices to virtuosos.


Directors will be asked to provide a two-character scene (2 pages) or, if you prefer, a scene will be provided for you. Directors and actors will receive scripts in advance.


Structure of the event
Directors and actors will spend time rehearsing their scenes, with emphasis on connection and content.

After morning tea, participants will block their scenes, before presenting them for shooting, followed by viewing and discussion. The shooting is a wide shot only, intended as a means to review performance, not for directors to direct camera.


The Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from New Zealand Film Commission.

Another fun Rehearsal Room went down in Auckland with Peter Feeney back to moderate! It is always a treat to have Peter share his insights and everyone felt supported to get the most out of the day. Check out some photos below.

This marks our last ever Rehearsal Room workshop for the year. Make sure you keep an eye out in 2017 when it returns!

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Kathy McRae led an excellent Rehearsal Room workshop in Wellington on Saturday. Three of our members -Becs Arahanga, Catherine Bisley and Wendell Cooke – took the opportunity to work with actors on a scene from their current projects. A big thank you to Kathy and all the actors and directors who took part. Check out some photos below.

Our latest Rehearsal Room in Wellington was a lot of fun! Our moderator Peter Feeney kept it energetic and exciting, and the teams of actors and directors from DEGNZ and Equity New Zealand did a great job working together. Check out some photos below.

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A great big thank you to everybody who participated in our latest Rehearsal Room in Christchurch, moderated by the wonderful Miranda Harcourt. DEGNZ members Nick Hitchins, Nick McLean, Gillian Ashurst and Martin Sagadin worked with 8 actors on scenes and reports are that everybody left glowing!

Check out some photos from the day below. You can register your interest for the next event in Wellington here.

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