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About Miranda

Kia ora! I’m Miranda Harcourt… here’s what
people say about me:

"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

"She’s a great intellectual co-pilot and a very special person"
— Garth Davis

 

My specialty is screen naturalism. My approach is based on years of writing and performing Verbatim theater in prisons in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, as well as my work as an on-set acting coach with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world.

I have 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. For seven years I was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari -
New Zealand Drama School.

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

For more info check out my IMDB page.

Biography

Introduction

For seven years Miranda was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari — New Zealand Drama School. Her tenure there is celebrated for establishing a close connection between the training institution and the wider industry. Her students and graduates are remarkably well-represented amongst New Zealand’s premier
actors and directors. Her work at the school was recorded in the acclaimed TVNZ documentary series TOUGH ACT.

Now she works as an independent coach.

Directors she has worked with include Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Morten Tyldum, Taika Waititi, Garth Davis, Mark Molloy, Tom George, Mirrah Foulkes, Rodd Rathjen, Gaysorn Thavat, James Kent, as well as all directors on acclaimed feature film VAI .

Actors include Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Dev Patel, Brooklyn Prince, Sunny Pawar, Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless, Erik Thomson, Rebeca Gibney, Ritu Arya, Abischek Bharate, Josh Hutcherson, Saoirse Ronan, Isabelle Fuhrman, AnnaSophia Robb, Thomasin McKenzie, George McKay, Rhys Darby, Daisy Cooper, Amanda Crew, Carrie Underwood, Fionn Whitehead, and Kaori Momoi.

Miranda's daughter is Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, Leave No Trace), Winner of NBR Breakthrough Performance 2018

Miranda is Nicole Kidman’s regular coach and works as a creative consultant for Blossom Films.

Miranda works in creative partnership with her husband filmmaker Stuart McKenzie.

At the forefront of verbatim theatre internationally, their plays include VERBATIM, PORTRAITS, FLOWERS FROM MY MOTHER’S GARDEN and BIOGRAPHY OF MY SKIN.

Their acclaimed dark drama FOR GOOD, adapted from their verbatim work in prisons all over NZ, won Best Actress at the Festival Des Antipodes.

Stuart and Miranda co-directed THE CHANGEOVER (2019) starring Timothy Spall, praised as “a perfect genre film” (Roger Ebert); “re- invigorating the YA genre” (Forbes); “bringing YA fantasy magically to life” (LA Times); and “goes down as
easily as a love potion in a coven” (New York Times)