Wellington – Rehearsal & Performance with Director Michael Duignan

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DEGNZ invites directors and actors to register their interest in the first Wellington edition of Rehearsal & Performance, taking place on April 7.

Director Michael Duignan (Go Girls, The Blue Rose) will share his insights into how directors and actors can work better collaboratively to achieve great on screen performances.

This is a practical half-day workshop focused on giving participants tools to build better director/actor relationships. Participants will spend time exploring and rehearsing a scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment with guidance from Michael.

The selected directors and actors will be expected to do some preparation beforehand – DEGNZ will provide the scene in advance.

Directors and actors register via Eventbrite by Friday 23 March, 12 noon. Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

What: Rehearsal & Performance with Director Michael Duignan – Wellington

When: Saturday 7 April, 9am – 2pm; lunch provided

Where: Te Aro, Wellington

Cost: Free; workshop is restricted to members of DEGNZ and Equity NZ only.

Register at: Eventbrite

Michael Duignan

Michael Duignan is a writer/director creating film, television, commercials and photography. His short films have screened all around the world including the New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and many others. Michael has directed episodes of top rating and critically acclaimed shows The CultGo Girls and The Blue Rose which was nominated at the 2013 Monte Carlo TV festival alongside Breaking Bad, The Killing and Homeland. He was recently awarded a writing residency at Studio One Toi Tu where he continued to develop a number of feature film projects.

Rehearsal & Performance is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and supported by the Equity Foundation. This series is made possible with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Auckland – Rehearsal & Performance with Actor Tandi Wright

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Rehearsal & Performance (the new and improved Rehearsal Room) is up and running for 2018 in Auckland. DEGNZ welcomes directors and actors to register their interest for a chance to be involved.

Actor Tandi Wright will guide this half-day workshop where she will help directors and actors create great performances on screen through improving collaborative efforts. Tandi will be there to provide advice and guidance so that everyone can get the most out of the workshop.

In a safe and non-pressured environment, groups of three (one director, two actors) will have the opportunity to explore a scene with the support of Tandi.

Participants will receive the scene in advance and are expected to do some preparation before the workshop. Directors will also be provided with a document to help them in their prep. 

We look forward to this opportunity to help both directors and actors improve their practical skills and create industry relationships.

 

Tandi Wright is an actor of more than 20 years experience and has worked consistently across all the genres – film, television, stage and radio. She has worked in the US, Australia and NZ, and has been nominated for numerous theatre and screen awards in NZ. Theatre highlights include The Events and When The Rain Stops Falling. Screen highlights include The Returned, The Rehearsal, Jack the Giant Slayer and Out of the Blue. Tandi is one of the Vice-Presidents of Equity New Zealand.

 

What: Rehearsal & Performance with Actor Tandi Wright
When: Saturday 10 March, 9am – 2pm; lunch provided.
Where: Kingsland
Cost: Free; workshop is ONLY open to members of DEGNZ and Equity NZ.

REGISTER at Eventbrite by Monday 21 February, 12 noon. Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

 

Rehearsal & Performance is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and the Equity Foundation, and made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Christchurch – Rehearsal & Performance with Director/Actor Kathy McRae

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Rehearsal & Performance, DEGNZ’s revamped Rehearsal Room workshop series, kicks off 2018 in Christchurch! DEGNZ welcomes both directors and actors to register their interest for a chance to be involved.

In this hands-on half-day workshop, director/actor Kathy McRae will share ways in which directors and actors can work better collaboratively to achieve great on screen performances.

Rehearsal & Performance brings together participants in groups of three (one director, two actors) to explore and rehearse a scene in a safe and non-pressured environment with advice and guidance from Kathy throughout the workshop.

Participants will receive the scene in advance and are expected to do some preparation before the workshop. Directors will also be provided with a document to help them in their prep.

 

Kathy McRaeKathy McRae has 20 years of directing experience under her belt. Initially trained as an actor at Toi Whakaari, Kathy began directing theatre in 1997. She directed for South Pacific Pictures for seven years working on Shortland Street, Go Girls and Nothing Trivial. She recently made a return to acting, portraying convicted murderer Helen Milner in telefeature Catching the Black Widow, and directed A Doll’s House at Circa Theatre, Emily Perkin’s modern adaptation of Ibsen’s original play.

 

What: Rehearsal & Performance with Director/Actor Kathy McRae
When: Saturday 3 March, 9am – 2pm; lunch provided.
Where: Merivale, Christchurch
Cost: Free; workshop is ONLY open to members of DEGNZ and Equity NZ.

REGISTER at Eventbrite by Friday 9 February, 12 noon. Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

 

Rehearsal & Performance is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and the Equity Foundation, and made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Playing at Rehearsal & Performance

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Directors and actors got the chance to play at Rehearsal & Performance in the weekend.

Taking part were DEGNZ directors Aidee Walker, Louise Tu’u, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh and Ellen Jones-Poole. They were joined by a great group of actors from Equity NZ – Simone Walker, Ariki Erby, Serena Cotton, Nicol Munro, Narelle Ahrens, Jarred Blakiston, Anthea Hill and Alice Pearce.

Participants received insights from director Michael Duignan (The Blue Rose, Go Girls, Filthy Rich). One main take away that Michael emphasised was avoiding results-driven directing and instead playing with different scene objectives for each actor. The more specific and concrete the objective, the better.

The focus of the day was to give directors and actors time in groups to explore a scene and work together.

Saturday’s workshop marked the first in our new Rehearsal & Performance series, the revamped edition of The Rehearsal Room. We’ve improved the format and are excited about the changes, which were positively received by the directors and actors involved, some of whom had taken part in past Rehearsal Rooms.

What hasn’t changed is our kaupapa. We still want to assist directors and actors to work better together by regularly providing a safe and supportive space for them to meet, collaborate and play. We believe this relationship is crucial to achieving the best results on set and on screen.

So… the Rehearsal & Performance series will return to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in 2018 after the holidays!

 

Rehearsal & Performance with Director Michael Duignan

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DEGNZ welcomes directors and actors to register their interest for a chance to take part in Rehearsal & Performance, DEGNZ’s revamped Rehearsal Room workshop series.

Michael DuignanIn this hands-on half-day workshop, director Michael Duignan (Go Girls, Filthy Rich, The Blue Rose) will look at the director/actor relationship and share ways in which directors and actors can work better collaboratively to achieve great on screen performances.

Rehearsal & Performance brings together participants in groups of three (one director, two actors) to explore and rehearse a scene in a safe and non-pressured environment. Michael will give each group guidance and advice throughout the workshop.

Participants are expected to do some preparation beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene in advance.

Directors and actors register via Eventbrite by Friday 10 November, 12 noon. Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

 

What: Rehearsal & Performance with Director Michael Duignan

When: Saturday 25 November, 9am – 2pm; lunch provided

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Cost: Free; workshop is only open to members of DEGNZ and Equity NZ.

Register at: Eventbrite