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Gender: Female
Age Range: 45 - 55
Height: 166cm
Base Location: Auckland
Available In: International
Skills: Actor, Commercial Talent, Director, Presenter, Writer
Hair: Dark Brown
Eye: Green
Ethnicity: Caucasian, New Zealand
Memberships: Actors Equity NZ
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Television

2018 Dr Tammy Lawson South Pacific Pictures
2013 Mother (Ep.2) South Pacific Pictures, Britta Hawkins
2010 Jane Chapman (Ep. 7 "Morbid Much") 101 Takes (Wellington), Jane Chapman
2002 Lady Rothermere (Ep. 7 "Scorpion") Cloud 9 Productions
2002 Mrs Cohen (Ep. 7) Gibson Group, Robert Sarkies
1997 Jane Forbes Gibson Group / Millennium Pictures, Sophia Scheding
1997 Washerwoman (Ep. 7) Cloud 9 Productions, Declan Eames
1996 Pauline Postlethwaite (Ep. 6) Gibson Group, Mike Smith

Short Film

2007 Sarah (Female lead) Independent, Wellington, Alan Morrison
2006 Jen (lead) Fat Circus Films. Victoria University Graduation Films
2006 Betsy (lead) NZ Film School Graduation Films, Bruno Dubois
2005 Neighbour NZ Film School (Wellington), Naomi Wallwork
2001 Carol (lead) NZ Film School (Wellington), Alex Greenhough
1999 Woman (female lead) Awareness Films, Alex Greenhough
1998 Ivy Fever Films Co-op, Aileen O'Sullivan
1996 Janet (female lead) BOB Productions, Derek Pearson
1994 Maria (lead) Toi Whakaari, Aileen O'Sullivan & Cliff Curtis

Feature Film

2002 Lanarch: Castle of Lies Gibson Group, Yvonne Mackay
1996 Julie Zee Films & Weta Workshop, Scott Reynolds

Stage

1997 Florence Nightingale (Solo performance) NZ Parliament House. Centenary Celebration of Nursing in New Zealand
1997 Kamila Stosslova Town Hall, Wellington. Holy Trinity, Auckland, Barry Epsom
1996 Singer Evans Bay Outdoor Arena, Jo Randerson & Ang Meyer
1995 Hermia Prometheus Productions, Sydney. Singapore (touring production), Damien Parker
1995 Presenter BATS Theatre, Jonathan Dennis
1995 Titania Downstage Theatre, Alison Hodge

Presenter

2012 Co-presented with Professor David McKie Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference, University of York, UK
2008 Guest Speaker NZ Women's Business Conference, Tauranga
2007 Keynote Address Learning Curves FASS Graduate Conference, University of Waikato

Radio

2004 Actor - Remembrance The Matterhorn & Radio New Zealand Drama, Uri Khein
2003 Director Radio New Zealand Drama, Vanessa Byrnes

Commercial

2003 Lead Actor 2001 - 2003 Open Polytechnic / The Picture House, Greg Schmetzer
1999 Actor Sydney Film Company
1998 Sarah (female lead) Silverscreen Productions, Geoff Dixon
1994 Featured (speaking) Granbrook Films

Video

2006 Lawyer for the Child Ministry of Justice Legal Resources Trust, Brent Williams
2004 Lead character and Presenter Kraft: Haus Films, David Stubbs
1997 Teacher Legal Resources Trust, Robin Greenburg
1996 Bank Clerk Legal Resources Trust, Brent Williams
1996 Josie (lead) Legal Resources Trust, Steve La Hood

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2014 Artistic Assessor 2010 - 2014 Creative NZ
2014 Reviewer 2010 - 2014 www.theatrereview.org.nz
2013 Writer / Director ASB Arena & Mount Maunganui, Vanessa Byrnes
2012 Executive Producer M3 Productions. The Actors' Program (Auckland), Peter Burger
2011 Advisory Director MauaoPAC, Mount Maunganui
2011 Director Millsreef Vineyard, Tauranga, Vanessa Byrnes
2009 Director / Writer / Producer Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga, Vanessa Byrnes
2009 National Assessor SGCNZ University of Otago
2007 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
2006 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
2006 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
2006 Director and Co-devisor with performer Sara Standring BATS Theatre (Fringe Festival). Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga, Vanessa Byrnes
2005 National Assessor Shakespear Globe Centre NZ/University of Otago
2005 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
2005 Director and Mentor Toi Whakaari Graduating Students' Solo Performances, Vanessa Byrnes
2005 Director & Mentor Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
2004 Director and Mentor Toi Whakaari Graduating Students' Solo Performances, Vanessa Byrnes
2003 Director Radio New Zealand Drama, Vanessa Byrnes
2002 Director and Mentor Toi Whakaari Graduating Students Solo Performances, Vanessa Byrnes
2002 Director Queenstown Winter Festival, Vanessa Byrnes
2002 Director BATS Theatre. Wellington Fringe Festival, Vanessa Byrnes
2001 Director Young & Hungry Fringe Productions Wellington, BATS Theatre, Vanessa Byrnes
2001 Director Christchurch Symphony Orchestra & Christchurch Drama Centre, Vanessa Byrnes
2001 Director Te Haea - Blood Sugar Co-operative, Wellington, Vanessa Byrnes
2000 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
2000 Director FUEL Festival July, Meteor Theatre, Hamilton, Vanessa Byrnes
2000 Assistant Director (Observing Vanesa Redgrave as Prospero) Red Company at the Globe Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, Tim Carroll
2000 Assistant Director Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, Tim Carroll
2000 Director Parihaka xhibition Wellington City Art Gallery, Vanessa Byrnes
1999 National Assessor SGCNZ University of Otago
1999 Director Victoria University, Vanessa Byrnes
1999 Director Victoria University, Vanessa Byrnes
1999 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
1999 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
1999 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
1998 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
1998 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
1998 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
1997 Director VUW Theatre & Film, Vanessa Byrnes
1997 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes
1997 Director Toi Whakaari, Vanessa Byrnes

Training & Additional Notes

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MOST RECENT POSITIONS

EMPLOYER:  The Actors' Progran, Auckland - January 2012 - present.
POSITION:  Associate Program Manager
DESCRIPTION:  Teaching acting and performance skills as required part-time on the Program.  Managing and strategically developing the course.  Marketing, profile development, and outreach to the industry.  Executive Production of short film projects and camera work.

EMPLOYER
Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa/New Zealand Drama School, Wellington March 1997 - March 2008.

POSITION
Senior Acting Tutor, Manager Acting Department and Head of Theoretical Studies.

DESCRIPTION

Managing and teaching Acting Programme (3 year Bachelor of Performance) with HOD Acting.  Managing and teaching history, theory, and philosophy of theatre; acting methodology; acting for theatre; Shakespeare in performance; text in action; character development; public production and performance.  Teaching text analysis, industry practice and performance technique as required on all courses (Acting, Design, Masters in Directing, Entertainment Technology, Arts Management and Costume Construction). Developing and writing student assessment on all courses.  Direction of selected performances and many main stage productions including Shakespeare, classic and contemporary plays.  Teaching, mentoring and providing tutorial supervision of BA in Acting students.  Managing, designing, implementing and teaching and assessment of degree level performance research work.  Managing of budgets and strategic overview systems and acting department staff.  Managing systems and degree design/delivery for the Acting Department.  Providing executive production of short films and camera work.

SPECIALIST ROLES IN RELATED FIELDS

Freelance writer, editor, reviewer, education and theatre consultant.  Theatre and short film producer & director.  Freelance director, actor, dramaturge and board member.  Communications Manager for Waitangi Tribunal, Wellington (1995-1997).

THEATRE TEACHING AREAS

I am confidently able to structure courses and workshops based on a wide knowledge of all aspects of theatre, screen and performance, and can develop and lecture Drama or Theatre Studies papers based on, but not limited to: New Zealand theatre,  Directing methods in new Zealand / Aotearoa and overseas.  Contemporary and classic play texts - old and modern worlds.  History, Theory and philosophy of theatre.  Shakespeare (and contemporaries) in performances; Original Practice and post-Stanislavskian methods; form vs feeling; Shakespeare for actors, directors & teachers.  Brecht and Political Theatre: 1960's onwards.  Text-based acting methodologies.  diverse approaches to acting analysis and craft:  Action-based, Episodic; Imaged-based; Stanislavski; Narrative.  Crating / devising theatre in group or solo forms.  Developing communication skills and presence; Leadership training.  Genre, space and narrative.  Presence, connection, and screen technique.  Public speaking and Leadership skills.

OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2013 Acting and Improvisation Teacher - National Girls Brigade Convention.  Action Stations ASB Arena, Tauranga.
2012 The Cognitive Institute, Auckland. Actor/Educator for Dr. Carolyn Russell.
2011 External Moderator for Theatre Studies M.A. Student University of Waikato.
2009 to 2012 Theatre and Acting Teacher. Drama for  children and adults.  Vanessa Byrnes School of Drama, Tauranga.  Secondary Teacher in Drama, Dance and English.  Fixed term contract on LAT, Tauranga Girls' College.
2002 Shakespeares Workshop.  Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre.  Tutor - Acting, Master class for Professional Actors.  Guest Lecturer (Shakespeare) Theatre & Film Section, Victoria University of Wellington 204: 2nd year History of Theatre.  Guest Lecutrer & Tutor; St Mary's High School, Wellington.  Shakespeare Final year students.
2001 Tutor - Acting, Nelson.  Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ National Training School  Tutor - Acting. Christchurch.  Christchurch Drama Centre Trust week-long intensive Summer School.
2000 Acting Tutor.  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, Eduction Department.
1999, 3005, 2009 National Assessor, Sheilah Winn National Festival of Shakespeare in Schools, Wellington.
1997-2008 History, Theory & Philosophy of Theatre,  Text Analysis, Acting Methodology & Directing Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School.
1997 Text Analysis - Year One, Shakespeare & Middleton scenes, Year One.  Production Moderation & Feedback Year Two.  Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School.
1996 Text Analysis & History of Theatre, Year One.  King Lear scenes, Year One.   Production Moderation & Feedback.  History of Theatre, Year One.  Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School.
1995 Directing (scenes), Year One.  Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School.
1991 - 1992 NZ Literature, Year Two, NZ Government & Society.  Te Timatanga Hou, University of Waikato.
1990 - 1991 Ontroduction to Literature, Year One.  University of Waikato.


PAPERS

2014 'Shared Experiences': Influence, Tradition and the Legacy of Mike Alfreds in New Zealand Professional Theatre Practice at the Australasian Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Association (ADSA) Conference 2014, Wellington June 2014
2012 'Performing Emotions' co-presented with Professor David McKie. 'Stand and Unfold Your Praxis': Reflections in connecting experiments to make theatre directing and leadership learning more dynamic.  Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference, University of York, UK.
2011 'Stand and Unfold Your Praxis': Directing Directions with 'Text and Shakespeare in NZ Professional Theatre at the Learning Curves (NZ Postgraduate) Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton.
2009 'The Value of, Place of, and need for Creativity'.  Keynote speaker: NZ Women's Business Conference, Tauranga.
2008 'A Profesional Approach'(March).  Guest Speaker Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Tauranga.
2007 'Keeping It Fresh':  Keynote Address at the Learning Curves FASS Graduate Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton.
2000 'Around the Globe in 70 Days: Directing Shakespeare in Performance at the Globe Theatre'.  Victoria University of Wellington English Section; Toi Whakaari; George Andrews Memorial Lecture, Wellington Shakespeare Society, Wellington.
1999 "Constructing the Stuff that Dreams are Made On': Bi-cultural Training Processes of Investigation and Training at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.  ADSA Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.




Shoe Size: 9.5
Clothing Size: Female - 10
Waist: 80cm
Neck: 33cm
Bust: 96cm
Hip: 98cm
Natural Accent: New Zealand
Accent Skills: English, French, Irish, New Zealand, American Standard, Australian
Languages: English, French
Hair Length: Past Shoulder
Hair Style: Straight
Drivers Licence: Car

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