The Rehearsal Room with Miranda Harcourt – Wellington

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RR with Miranda Harcourt

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.


When: Saturday 27 May 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Te Aro, Wellington

Register at: Eventbrite

Director registrations close: Thursday 18 May

Actor registrations close: Tuesday 23 May, 10am

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



Miranda Harcourt is a celebrated acting coach who has worked with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world. For seven years she was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and now works as an independent coach. Directors she has worked with include Jane Campion, Peter Jackson and Garth Davis. Actors include Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Dev Patel, Saoirse Ronan, AnnaSophia Robb and many others. Miranda is currently in post-production on The Changeover based on Margaret Mahy’s classic teen novel, which she co-directed with husband Stuart McKenzie.


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.

Last updated on 26 February 2018