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Rehearsal Dynamics with Miranda Harcourt

Want to supercharge your work with actors? Rehearsal Dynamics is a full-day DEGNZ director’s workshop on March 7 with acting coach, actor and director Miranda Harcourt.

We will work practically with actors, referring to case studies and focusing on the directors’ skills of diagnosis, solution, preparation and communication using Miranda’s 5 tools:

White Space
Internal landscape
Vista + Objects

All directors will work on a task in break outs during the morning session. Then in the afternoon, six of the directors will rehearse and direct pairs of actors on 2-minute scenes, while the rest observe. The Guild will select the Director Participants and Observers (limited spaces) from applications.

About Miranda Harcourt

Miranda is an acting coach, actor and director. Miranda’s specialty is screen naturalism. Her approach is based on years of writing and performing Verbatim theatre in prisons in New Zealand, 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.

She has taught at TIFF in Toronto, at NFTS and NYU Tisch, The London Film School and Directors UK in Britain, at AFTRS and The Hub in Sydney, at Toi Whakaari, The Actors’ Program, Otago University and Victoria University in Aotearoa. For seven years Miranda was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari – New Zealand Drama School.

In her work with actors and directors, Miranda aims to shift paradigms, empowering creatives to realise their own talent. She introduces simple but innovative ways of thinking about and achieving connection and character. She has developed a series of tools and exercises for use in rehearsal and on-set that get actors to where they need to be, fast.

Workshop Details

DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – Participant $95; Observer $45

Lunch, tea and coffee included.

When: Sunday 7 March 2021, 10am – 5pm

Where: Auckland venue TBC

Preparation if selected: All participants shall receive a provocation to prepare. We will also ask Director Participants to email us a 2-page script for two performers, not written by the director. These will be distributed to the actors a week before the workshop.


  • Rehearsal Dynamics is for directors who are considered to be mid-career, emerging or established talent.
  • Priority will be given to those who are actively engaged in directing or preparing to direct narrative drama.
  • To be eligible to apply, you must have narrative directing experience. This can be in feature film, scripted drama, telefeatures, short films and/or web series. Please contact us if you’re unsure.

To Apply

Applications Close: Monday 22 February, 10AM

STEP 1: Complete the registration form below.

STEP 2: Send in one PDF to tema@deganz.co.nz:

  • your bio with filmography, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate and how you think this workshop could benefit your current or upcoming work or projects.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Registration Form




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


Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Call for Applications. DEGNZ invites directors to apply now for Rehearsal Dynamics, taught by New Zealand actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand. This 1-day workshop will be held in Auckland on Saturday 22 September.

Deepening and Enriching the Actor’s Performance

At Rehearsal Dynamics, five participants will direct actors in short scenes under the guidance of Jennifer Ward-Lealand. There will be a strong emphasis on identifying craft to aid the rehearsal process and developing a language to confidently engage with actors.

Five directors will be selected to participate. In addition, DEGNZ will offer up to seven directors a place in the workshop as an active observer. Observers will also have the opportunity to learn practical knowledge and a vocabulary for working with actors.

Participating directors will be sent the script at least two weeks ahead of the workshop.

About Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 35 years. Jennifer is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable acting talents and a respected theatre director. She has taught for The Actors’ Program, Toi Whakaari and NASDA.

Jennifer is currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust and Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Years Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community.


When: Saturday 22 September, 9am – 5pm

Where: Q Theatre, Vault, 305 Queen Street, Auckland 1010

A travel allowance is available for selected Participants travelling from out of Auckland who are DEGNZ members.

Cost (lunch included):

DEGNZ members            Participant/Observer – Free
Non-members                 Participant – $100, Observer – $50

To Apply

Applicants must be comfortable with participating in front of their peers.

Successful Participant applicants will have experience directing narrative short films and have a narrative feature film in active development.

Application Deadline: 10AM, Monday 3 September

STEP 1: Submit the form below.

STEP 2: Upload your application files. You will be redirected after Step 1 to the File Upload page. Submit before the deadline:

  • your CV/filmography with links to samples of your work
  • the logline and short synopsis of your feature film in active development, and
  • a maximum one-page letter explaining why you would like to participate.

Late applications will not be accepted.




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