BiteSized@NFTS: Actors’ Tools for Screen Naturalism

Short course



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Intuitive, unique, amazing — Nicole Kidman

Miranda’s skills as a coach place her at the top of her field. The work she does is unique anywhere in the world — Peter Jackson 

Miranda is great! — Jane Campion

Miranda has a great ability to help prepare actors. She’s a great intellectual co-pilot and a very special person — Garth Davis 

This 2-hour masterclass for actors with the celebrated acting coach Miranda Harcourt is a unique opportunity to sharpen your work. Miranda will open up the approach she has brought to many Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA nominated and winning performances in films like Lion and TV series like Big Little Lies.

Miranda’s structured tools will give you a framework for greater success on set, onstage, in the rehearsal room and in the audition room. The ideas she brings from different cultures and creative practices will expand the way you think about performance. You will leave the workshop a hungrier and more inspired actor.

In her work with actors and directors Miranda aims to shift paradigms, empowering creatives to realise their own talent. She introduces simple but innovative ways of thinking about and achieving connection and character. She has developed a series of tools and exercises for use in rehearsal and on-set that get actors to where they need to be, fast. 

  • White Space
  • Connection
  • Internal Landscape
  • Vista and Objects
  • Journey

You can find some of her 2 minute provocations for actors and creatives on her youtube channel.


Freelance Rate: £50

Corporate Rate: £100

Miranda is an acting coach, an actor and a director. Her speciality is screen naturalism. Her approach is based on years of writing and performing Verbatim theatre in prisons in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, as well as her work as an on-set acting coach with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world. 

Miranda has coached Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA-award nominated and winning performances in films as diverse as Lion, Big Little Lies, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, Boy Erased, Destroyer. She was the dedicated coach for Sunny Pawar (young Saroo) in Lion and was Director: Background Action on Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene, starring Rooney Mara and Joachim Phoenix.

Her first feature film The Changeover, co-directed with Stuart McKenzie, was released to acclaim in NZ, the UK and the US.

For seven years Miranda was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari — New Zealand Drama School.

Directors she has worked with include Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Morten Tyldum, Taika Waititi and Garth Davis. Actors include Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Dev Patel, Josh Hutcherson, Saoirse Ronan and many others. Miranda’s daughter is the winner of the US NBR award for Breakout Talent 2018, Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace — Jojo Rabbit — Lost Girls — Last Night in Soho)

Miranda has taught at TIFF in Toronto, at NFTS and NYU Tisch, The London Film School and Directors UK in Britain, at AFTRS and The Hub in Sydney, at Toi Whakaari, The Actors’ Program, Otago University and Victoria University in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

She been awarded the ONZM (for services to theatre and the community) and the Centennial Suffrage Medal. Other awards include NEXT Arts Woman of the Year, the 2018 Woman of the Year (Arts) and the 2018 Women in Film and TV Achievement in Film. She has also won many awards and nominations for acting and directing.

Her training was as an actor at Toi Whakaari — New Zealand Drama School and as a Dramatherapist at CSSD, the Central School of Speech and Drama.

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