Directing Masterclass with Acting Coach Howard Fine

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.”

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

  • 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.



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


Last updated on 20 March 2020