I reference my training at Toi constantly. The acting course gave me confidence, technique and stamina that have served me on every set and in every rehearsal or audition room I have walked into.Brooke WilliamsOutrageous Fortune, Spartacus, The Almighty Johnsons, The Shannara Chronicles
New Zealand’s leading specialist tertiary education provider for the performing arts
Events, productions, tours and workshops
Keep up with Toi students, staff and grads
Miranda Harcourt is an award-winning actor, director, writer and acting coach. A graduate of Toi Whakaari and former Head of Acting at the school, she now works as a screen-acting coach all over the world on projects including Bridge to Terabithia (Gabor Csupo), The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson), Top of the Lake (Jane Campion) Lion and Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis).
Most recently Miranda co-directed feature film The Changeover alongside Stuart McKenzie, who wrote the screenplay from Margaret Mahy’s acclaimed novel.
Amongst those she has coached, Miranda counts Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Anna Sophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson, Dev Patel as well as many others.
Miranda was at Toi earlier in the year working with the first year actors on “Actor in Relationship” and we talked to her about her approach to this and her work as an acting coach.
The board, staff, students and graduates of Toi Whakaari were thrilled to congratulate three of our best and brightest at this year’s graduation ceremony.
Second year acting students Puawai Winterburn (Ngati Raukawa, Ngapuhi, Ngati Porou) and Richard MacDonald (Tuhoe) were recipients of this year’s prestigious Bill Guest Awards and second year management student Olivia Chan received the inaugural Ruku Ao Award at the event on 9 November.
To help celebrate 10 years of Costume diploma graduates, Lynn Freeman from RNZ National’s Standing Room Only programme visited Toi Whakaari to talk to head of course Kaarin Macaulay and second year student Monique Bartosh about the the future of costume in New Zealand.
Heather Timms is the Director of Actor Training at Toi Whakaari. She has worked as a director, theatre maker and educator nationally and internationally (including UK, Africa, Australia and Asia). Heather recently trained with Joan Scheckel, the prolific US filmmaker, acting coach and creator of The Technique. Heather brought her work with Scheckel into her sessions with the Toi Whakaari first year actors while they worked on a block called Actor in Action. This is the second of four blocks across the first semester of Year 1 looking at foundational actor craft. We asked Heather about this work and her approach to actor training.
Addresses, phone numbers, email and a map
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road
+64 4 381 9251
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
PO Box 7146
Wellington South 6242
Key staff list
Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre (home of Toi Whakaari) is hugely exciting and alive, with high, cathedral-like ceilings. You are entering one of the best performance training facilities in New Zealand.
Toi Whakaari shares Te Whaea with the New Zealand School of Dance and the building is purpose built as a centre for teaching performing arts. Large and modern, with state of the art facilities, Te Whaea is located in Newtown on part of Wellington's 'green belt' nature reserve, five minutes drive from the heart of the city and has ample parking.
Te Whaea was previously the Winter Show Buildings in Newtown Wellington.
Space is occasionally available for hire when not in use by the Schools. Click here for information on spaces and costs.
To enquire about venue bookings please contact email@example.com