Call for Actors for 5-Day Travis Technique Intensive

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DEGNZ invites actors to apply for a rare learning experience as a participant and observer in our 5-Day Travis Technique Intensive Workshop for Directors.

The Intensive with Mark Travis is designed to fully immerse five directors into story, characters and staging. The five days are all about process and collaboration. Each director will develop their scene script and characters in collaboration with two to three actors. Actors may be cast as one or two characters. Final rehearsals will take place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Actors need to be available for their half-day rehearsal slot(s). 

Although not compulsory for actors to take part in the full five days, we encourage those selected to attend as much of the Intensive as possible. In this way, the actor will get to fully participate in working with the directors, and experience The Travis Technique of allowing their characters to emerge organically from deep within.

“I love working with Mark. It’s as if he opens the top of my head and rummages around in there until all my internal voices are alive and conflict… then he calls action. I can’t plan or play it safe, I am forced to exist in the moment. It’s a gift for an actor.”

Tandi Wright
Tandi WrightActor (Daffodils, Nothing Trivial)

The Travis Technique

The greatest obstacle for directors and actors is their desire to control the characters. Directors control by demanding results. Actors control by planning their performances, thereby effectively blocking the characters from emerging freely and organically.

The problem is that most directors are not given the training in how to engage with actors in a creative and collaborative way. Without these skills for inspiring and supporting the actors, directors will revert to result directing. This forces actors to fabricate the emotions and attitudes they think will please the director.

With The Travis Technique, directors can bring out the characters’ emotional truths from the actors without falling back on result directing. Actors can release their characters from within – complex and unpredictable, lusting and tumbling through the drama of their lives. Even the most vanilla scenes will start to breathe and pulse.

Once directors and actors have worked together in rehearsal, exploring the characters’ relationships and dynamics in the scenes, the quality of performances will be markedly heightened. During production, multiple takes can be tweaked quickly and efficiently, saving time and money.

 

Our Tutors

MARK W. TRAVIS is one of the world’s leading authorities on the art of film directing, writing and storytelling. On-stage, he has directed over 60 theatre productions in Los Angeles and New York. Author of two important books on filmmaking and winner of over 30 directorial awards in theater, Mark Travis has developed a fresh and innovative approach to writing and directing that cuts to the living and breathing core of every story, script and character. Mark has taught his dynamic Travis Technique at over 50 film schools and director’s guilds around the world. Affectionately called “the director’s director,” Mark is in constant demand to consult on film projects worldwide.

ELSHA TAYA BOHNERT is an award-winning artist and poet, and the author of Don’t Trip over the Garden Hose (Deuxmers, 2013). Elsha has been a longtime student of Mark Travis’ autobiographical storytelling workshops in Hawai`i and is the only person authorized by him to teach it. With her background in multicultural learning and narrative medicine, she helps students learn The Travis Technique through playful and provocative games. “You have to be like an ancient four-year-old,” she says, “clueless and wise about the enchanted worlds we come from and still carry around in our bodies.”

Workshop Details

When: 14 – 18 August, Wed to Sun 9am – 6pm.

Where: Samoa House, The Actors’ Program, 283 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

Actor Price: Free

To Apply

Application Deadline: 10AM, Wednesday 24 July 2019

Please complete the application form below. You will need to supply a link to your acting profile.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications closed.

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

NZFC

 

Audit of Directing Masterclass with Howard Fine

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DEGNZ invites members to audit the Directing Masterclass with acting coach Howard Fine who for over a quarter of a century has built an unshakable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers of his generation.

Auditing

Over the course of a day, auditors will gain access to Howard’s teaching and award-winning approach to performance as active observers of the Masterclass. You will observe Howard guide the participant directors workshopping scenes with paired actors. Howard will help directors learn how to articulate their visions effectively so that the actors can perform at the highest level.

Grounded in ideas that support authentic human behaviour, Howard’s approach aims to have the actors live authentically in an imaginary set of circumstances able to be newly alive each and every performance.

Auditors are given the opportunity to ask questions, and will be provided beforehand with the texts that the participants will be work-shopping.

About Howard Fine

Unique among his contemporaries, Howard is an award-winning acting coach, an award-winning author on acting and is the head of an award-winning acting studio. Howard Fine has trained Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actors in the US, and AFI, AACTA and Logie winning actors in Australia. He has personally coached many of the world’s most notable, recognisable and decorated actors, including Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, and Oscar winner Jared Leto. As the Creative Director of two permanent studios, Howard Fine splits his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Workshop Details

When: Sun 23 June, 9am – 6pm

Where: AUT City Campus

Studio 1 (Blackbox Theatre) – WG210,
WG (Sir Paul Reeves) Building, Level 2
55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland

Price: DEGNZ members – Free

Register to Audit

Registrations close at 10AM, Wednesday 19 June.

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This workshop is brought to you in conjunction with The Equity Foundation and with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

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Auckland – Rehearsal & Performance with Director Chris Dudman

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Rehearsal & Performance logo

The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft. Each workshop brings in an experienced moderator to guide participants as they explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment.

The Guild is pleased to present the next two workshops in Christchurch and Auckland with director Chris Dudman.

Moderator

Chris DudmanChris Dudman’s career has involved writing and directing short films, commercials, feature and series documentary and series TV drama. He directed short film successes The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia and Choice Night, and later co-wrote and directed Harry, the gritty crime drama series starring Oscar Kightley and Sam Neill. He wrote and directed The Day that Changed My Life, the multi-award winning documentary about Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, and directed two standalone episodes of James Patterson’s true crime anthology series Murder is Forever. He’s currently writing an adaptation of Archibald Baxter’s memoir We Will Not Cease. Chris was also a longtime partner of and director at Auckland TV commercials company Robber’s Dog.

Preparation

Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

Auckland

When: Sun 30 June, 9am – 2pm
Where: Venue TBC, Auckland
Cost: DEGNZ/Equity NZ members – Free

Christchurch

Click here to register for Christchurch

Register your interest (Auckland)

Registrations close Wednesday 12 June, 3PM.

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation. Only members of DEGNZ and Equity NZ are eligible to register.

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The Rehearsal & Performance series is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Equity New Zealand and funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Christchurch – Rehearsal & Performance with Director Chris Dudman

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Rehearsal & Performance logo

The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft. Each workshop brings in an experienced moderator to guide participants as they explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment.

The Guild is pleased to present the next two workshops in Christchurch and Auckland with director Chris Dudman.

Moderator

Chris DudmanChris Dudman’s career has involved writing and directing short films, commercials, feature and series documentary and series TV drama. He directed short film successes The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia and Choice Night, and later co-wrote and directed Harry, the gritty crime drama series starring Oscar Kightley and Sam Neill. He wrote and directed The Day that Changed My Life, the multi-award winning documentary about Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, and directed two standalone episodes of James Patterson’s true crime anthology series Murder is Forever. He’s currently writing an adaptation of Archibald Baxter’s memoir We Will Not Cease. Chris was also a longtime partner of and director at Auckland TV commercials company Robber’s Dog.

Preparation

Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

Christchurch

When: Sat 29 June, 9am – 2pm
Where: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch
Cost: DEGNZ/Equity NZ members – Free, Non-members – $29

Auckland

Click here to register for Auckland

Register your interest (Christchurch)

Registrations close Wednesday 12 June, 3PM.

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

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The Rehearsal & Performance series is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Equity New Zealand and funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Directing Masterclass with Acting Coach Howard Fine

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Howard Fine

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to offer a Directing Masterclass with acting coach Howard Fine who for over a quarter of a century has built an unshakable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers of his generation.

In this Directing Masterclass, Howard will supervise the directors to work with an ensemble of paired actors on pre-selected scenes.

Howard will teach directors how to articulate their visions in a way that allows actors to live authentically within the world of the script. He focuses on areas of personalisation, technique, script analysis and insights into authentic human behavior.

Background and Auditing

A two-day Masterclass for actors (Fri 21 – Sat 22 June) organised by Equity NZ will precede the Directing Masterclass (Sun 23 June). Each full day consists of rigorous exploration of technique as Howard works with the ensemble of actors on pre-selected scenes. The same actor pairings and scenes will be used for the three days.

It is highly recommended that prospective directors also “audit” both days of Howard’s acting Masterclass as this will greatly enhance and inform their understanding of the work undertaken in the workshop. It is also a wonderful opportunity to observe Howard’s technique, lessons and processes.

But it is permissible if prospective directors can only commit to Saturday and Sunday. You will be asked to indicate which days you can commit to in your application.

Note: Both Masterclasses will be open to Auditors from Equity NZ and DEGNZ. Any work done by the selected directors will be in front of an audience of industry peers in a supportive, learning environment.

About Howard Fine

Unique among his contemporaries, Howard is an award-winning acting coach, an award-winning author on acting and is the head of an award-winning acting studio. Howard Fine has trained Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actors in the US, and AFI, AACTA and Logie winning actors in Australia. He has personally coached many of the world’s most notable, recognisable and decorated actors, including Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, and Oscar winner Jared Leto. As the Creative Director of two permanent studios, Howard Fine splits his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

“Howard Fine is an extremely skilled teacher. He has the ability to help actors create beyond their own experience in a way that is both exciting and compelling. Personally, I feel he is one of the greatest acting teachers working today.”

Martin CampbellDirector (Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness, Vertical Limit)

Workshop Details

When: Sun 23 June, 9am – 6pm

Where: TBC, Auckland

Price: (includes auditing of acting Masterclass days) 
DEGNZ member – Free / Non-member – $60

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Wednesday 5 June 2019

STEP 1: Submit your details using the form below.

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

  • your bio and/or CV, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

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This workshop is brought to you in conjunction with The Equity Foundation and with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

NZFCequityfoundation