Online Rehearsal Dynamics with Miranda Harcourt

The workshop tutor, a woman, at home against a bookshelf.

How do you rehearse in the midst of an outbreak?

In this workshop, Miranda Harcourt brings front-line advice and on-set insights to you from the major projects she works on every day around the globe. As an acting coach, Miranda has recently led online rehearsals for three BBC projects and for Garth Davis’ film Foe, starring Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal and Aaron Pierre.

This workshop is perfect for screen directors who want to learn exercises, tools and tips for running successful rehearsals via video call.

Four of the directors in the class will get to direct pairs of actors in Zoom breakouts and receive helpful input and feedback from Miranda. We will provide the scenes ahead of time.

Workshop Details:

When: Saturday 26 March 2022, 9am – 1pm

Where: Zoom Meetings

Member – Free
Non-member – $49 (billed upon selection)

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About Miranda Harcourt, ONZM

Miranda’s approach is based on years of writing and performing verbatim theatre in prisons in NZ, Australia and the UK, as well as her work as an on-set acting coach with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world.

Miranda has coached Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA-award nominated and winning performances in films and TV shows from Bright Star (2012) to Lion (2015) to Being the Ricardos (2021). She was the dedicated coach for Sunny Pawar (young Saroo) in Lion and was coach and Director: Background Action on Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene, starring Rooney Mara and Joachim Phoenix. Her first feature film The Changeover, co-directed with Stuart McKenzie, was released to acclaim in NZ, the UK and the US. Miranda’s daughter, Thomasin Mckenzie is the winner of the NBR award for Breakout Talent 2018.

For seven years Miranda was the Head of the Acting Department at Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa: New Zealand Drama School. She been awarded the ONZM (for services to theatre and the community) and the Centennial Suffrage Medal. Other awards include the NEXT Arts Woman of the Year, the 2018 Women of Influence Arts Woman of the Year and the 2018 Women in Film and TV Award for Achievement in Film. She has also won many awards and nominations for acting and directing including the Media Peace Prize.

Her training was as an actor at Toi Whakaari — New Zealand Drama School and as a Drama-therapist at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.


Participant  — You must have at least ONE directing credit on a narrative drama short film that has been publicly screened at a festival or on a curated platform (e.g. on demand, Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of the Week).

Breakout Participant — 4 places available

  • You must have at least ONE directing credit on a scripted audiovisual work – either feature film, telefeature or series commissioned for broadcast.


  • At least THREE directing credits on narrative drama short films OR scripted web series that have been publicly screened at a festival or on a curated platform (e.g. on demand, Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of the Week).

To Apply

Applications Close: Mon 14 March, 10AM

Please complete the application form below and email your CV to Your CV should clearly list your directing credits and include details such as festival selection, commissioners and/or platforms where your work has publicly screened.

Places are limited – the Guild will select based on applications. We will email you to confirm.

Application Form


Made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission


Last updated on 28 February 2022