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Register Now – Wellington Rehearsal Room with Tandi Wright

Rehearsal Room with Tandi Wright

The Rehearsal Room with Tandi Wright – Wellington

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.

“There was extremely practical and pertinent tuition from Tandi Wright…[The workshop] was incredibly useful and productive for me as a director, and for the project I am developing.”
– Past participant

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. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room. 

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

When: Saturday 8 April 2017 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Te Aro, Wellington

Register at: Eventbrite

Registrations close: Wednesday 22 March

Cost: Free to DEGNZ members

 

Moderator – Tandi Wright

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.

Tandi has studied at Toi Whakaari, and at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Theatre highlights include The Events, When The Rain Stops Falling, Three Days of Rain, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Screen highlights include The Returned, The Rehearsal, Jack the Giant Slayer, Out of the Blue, Black Sheep, Nothing Trivial, This Is Not My Life, Bliss, Serial Killers, Willy Nilly and Shortland Street. Tandi is one of the Vice-Presidents of Equity New Zealand. She considers her finest production to be the birth of her daughter Olive, who is now 8 years old.

 

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.

Material

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.

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Rehearsal Room brings Directors and Actors Together

Directors and actors came together at our first workshop of the year to meet and explore the rehearsal process. The Auckland edition of The Rehearsal Room was led by actor/director Ian Hughes who started the workshop with some fun exercises and then helped each group go deeper into their scenes.

The Rehearsal Room is heading to Christchurch next month on March 25 with actor/acting coach Peter Feeney moderating. Register for this event now on Eventbrite.

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Register Now – Christchurch Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney

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The Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney – Christchurch

When: Saturday 25 March 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Merivale, Christchurch

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.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors.” – Past actor participant

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. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room.

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

 

Moderator - Peter Feeney
After moderating two excellent Rehearsal Rooms in Auckland and Wellington in 2016, Peter Feeney will bring his knowledge and insights to Christchurch.

Peter’s 20-year-plus acting CV ranges from NZ-shot US shows (Spartacus), to kids TV (Secret Agent Men, The Cul de Sac), comedy (Auckland Daze) drama (Abandoned), commercials and film: he won rave reviews as a mad scientist in Black Sheep. Peter also teaches acting, directs a bit, does occasional travel writing and helps raise his three young children.

 

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.

 

Material
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.

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Register Now: First Rehearsal Room for 2017

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The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes will kick off our 2017 Professional Development programme!

 

The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes - Auckland

When: Saturday 25 February 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

 

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.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors. So MORE of this type of workshop please!” – Past participant

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. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room.

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

 

Moderator – Ian Hughes
For this workshop, we are pleased to have highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes facilitating. Ian is a well-known actor (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Shortland Street, Go Girls, Xena, City Life, Lord of the Rings) who has worked with many of New Zealand’s directors and turned his hand to directing (Shortland Street, Step Dave).

 

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.

 

Material
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.

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The Rehearsal Room Wraps for 2016

Another fun Rehearsal Room went down in Auckland with Peter Feeney back to moderate! It is always a treat to have Peter share his insights and everyone felt supported to get the most out of the day. Check out some photos below.

This marks our last ever Rehearsal Room workshop for the year. Make sure you keep an eye out in 2017 when it returns!

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Rehearsal Room Success with Kathy McRae

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Kathy McRae led an excellent Rehearsal Room workshop in Wellington on Saturday. Three of our members -Becs Arahanga, Catherine Bisley and Wendell Cooke – took the opportunity to work with actors on a scene from their current projects. A big thank you to Kathy and all the actors and directors who took part. Check out some photos below.


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Dynamic Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney

Our latest Rehearsal Room in Wellington was a lot of fun! Our moderator Peter Feeney kept it energetic and exciting, and the teams of actors and directors from DEGNZ and Equity New Zealand did a great job working together. Check out some photos below.

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On the Road with the Rehearsal Room: Christchurch Edition

A great big thank you to everybody who participated in our latest Rehearsal Room in Christchurch, moderated by the wonderful Miranda Harcourt. DEGNZ members Nick Hitchins, Nick McLean, Gillian Ashurst and Martin Sagadin worked with 8 actors on scenes and reports are that everybody left glowing!

Check out some photos from the day below. You can register your interest for the next event in Wellington here.

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Photos: The Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney

Our Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney on Saturday the 20th of February was a great success. Thanks to our member directors Roberto Nascimento, Jane Sherning Warren, Lucy Suess and Mandalina Stanisich, and to all the actors who took part. Our next Rehearsal Room is taking place in Christchurch on April 9 – register your interest here.

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Last Rehearsal Room for 2015 Ends on a High

Our last Rehearsal Room for the year held on Saturday 14 November in Auckland was a success. We were fortunate to have writer/director and experienced actress Jackie Van Beek facilitate on the day.

DEGNZ directors Mina Matheison, Claire Chitham, Jamie Lawrence and Sean Carley got the opportunity to workshop a scene from their scripts with actors from Equity New Zealand.

Overall, it was a excellent day with some interesting scripts workshopped and some great interaction between the directors and actors, who only found out who they were working with on the day. 

A massive thanks to Jackie Van Beek, the four directors and all the actors who kindly volunteered their time to take part: Becky Kuek, Jimmy Hazelwood, Serena Cotton, Ruth Wynne, Terry Hooper, Katherine Mewett, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Tama Jarman.

The next Rehearsal Room will take place in February 2016 in Auckland.

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