Register: The Rehearsal Room with Jeff Szusterman – Auckland

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RR with Jeff Szusterman

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.

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. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

Moderator – Jeff Szusterman

Jeff is an actor, director and teacher with over twenty years of experience in New Zealand and the United States. Jeff has directed over 200 broadcast hours across the years, starting with Shortland Street in 2007/2008. He has taught acting for screen at Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts and at AYA Drama School (for young people). His most recent webseries Jiwi’s Machines gained three nominations at the 2016 LA Webfest including one for Best Direction. He is currently in funded development for a drama series for New Zealand television.

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.


When: Saturday 17 June 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Register at: Eventbrite

Director registrations close: 1 June

Actor registrations close: 12 June

Cost: Free – Open to DEGNZ & Equity NZ members ONLY.

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



Last updated on 26 February 2018