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Directors & Editors Guild of NZ


The Rehearsal Room brings together professionals - actors and directors - in a safe, supportive environment to PRACTISE working with each other on scenes.


Register below to have your name in the draw to participate. For each event 4 directors and 8 actors will be randomly selected, and all members of the Directors & Editors Guild, Ngā Aho Whakaari and Actors Equity are welcome to attend as observers. ONLY actors and directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room. There will be an experienced moderator guiding each event.


You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw unless you ask us to remove it. If we pull your name from the hat we’ll phone or txt you to see if you are available to participate.


Who is The Rehearsal Room for?
Professional actors and directors. It is open to members of all levels of experience; from novices to virtuosos.


Directors will be asked to provide a two-character scene (2-4 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 Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from New Zealand Film Commission.