The HubStudio Associate Coaches are a range of highly skilled professional actors and coaches who work at the studio on a more casual basis. They include our international guests and visiting coaches. We’re very pleased to be working with them and will be expanding our offering as we continue to grow.

To learn more about our Main Coaches click here


Miranda Harcourt ONZM

Film & Television

Miranda is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated acting coaches. Miranda has coached for screen internationally and at home in NZ, including Jane Campion’s Bright Star and Top of the Lake, Sean McNamara’s Soul Surfer, Gabor Csupo’s Bridge to Terabithia, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and Gaylene Preston’s Home By Christmas. For seven years Miranda was Head of Acting at Toi Whakaari – NZ Drama School. Her tenure there is celebrated for establishing a close connection between the training institution and the wider industry. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study drama-therapy at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

As an actress Miranda has twice been awarded Best Actress at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards (A Doll’s House and Biography of my Skin) and is a 5-time finalist for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress at the NZ Film and Television Awards. She was awarded a NZ Suffrage Medal in 1993 and in 2004 Miranda was made ONZM (New Zealand Order of Merit) for her services to theatre and the community.


Darren Gilshenan

Acting / Comedy

After graduating from The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in ’88 Darren began his career in Musicals before spending ten years with The Bell Shakespeare Company. Sketch comedy followed with three years on Full Frontal followed by some great TV series;  Dossa and Joe (BBC/Granada), the AFI Nominated  Chandon Pictures and the Logie nominated Derrick which he wrote and starred in.

Darren returned to the theatre for seven productions with The Sydney Theatre Company before again returning to the small screen for A Moody Christmas and The Moodys, as Uncle Terry, Top of the Lake created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting, Rake 3,  Janet King, The Killing Field, Old School, Devils Playground and recently Maximum Choppage .

Film credits include Women He’s Undressed in which Darren played Orry Kelly in Gillian Armstrong’s documentary drama on the man himself, Save your legs, The Outlaw Michael Howe and the AACTA nominated Liebermans in the Sky. Recently Darren returned to the stage with Mother and Son, playing the role of Arthur and will continue in the theatre later this year as Piggsy, in a festival version of  Monkey – Journey to the West and Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn at the Ensemble Theatre.

Linda Nicholls-Gidley

Vocal / Dialect Coach

Linda is a voice and dialect coach with over 15 year’s experience, teaching across many of the nation’s drama schools in addition to having a strong corporate training profile, including presentation skills for Channel 9, 10, the ABC, SBS and Fairfax Digital. Linda has just been appointed dialect coach for ‘Mary – The Making of a Princess’, the story of Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, which begins shooting mid-July.

Recent productions include: Legends – Australian Tour, Dirty Dancing – The Musical and The Rocky Horror Show 2015 for Gordon Frost; The House of Ramon Iglesia for Mophead; Deathtrap and Constellations for Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Stop Kiss at ATYP, The God of Hell at the Old Fitz, On the Shore of the Wide World at Griffin, The Rocky Horror Show Australian Tour 2014 for Gordon Frost, the World Tour of Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon – Arena Spectacular, the Australian Tour of Annie – The Musical, starring Anthony Warlow, the Sydney and Brisbane productions of 4000 Miles for Catnip/MopHead, Pantsguys’ award winning production of Punk Rock, and for Opera Australia The Merry Widow. She is a current member of the full-time staff at NIDA.


Nadia Townsend

Film

Nadia has been working as an actress in Australia and internationally for the last 17 years. Nadia first trained with Atlantic Theatre Co in NYC then set up her own theatre company Wolf Whistle, producing independent theatre and learning her craft on the boards. Since that time Nadia has produced many independent shows, new works and adaptations of literature.

Nadia is a co-founder of Turtle Lab a Melbourne based performance laboratory. Nadia completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Directing) in 2008. More recently expanding into film dramaturgy her credits as Dramaturg are Soul Mates (ABC), Secret Daughter (Ch7), Ready For This (Winner ACCTA & Logie Nominated), Ghost Bull (Winner, MIFF, SFF), Northkidsand Assistant Dramaturg on Mad Max 4 Fury Road. Her most recent theatrical productions have been Helter Sketler by Neil Labute and a one woman performance piece Ulrike Meinhof Sings by Christopher Barnett. Nadia has trained with Ivana Chubbuck, Larry Moss, Ellen Burstyn, Roy Hart school of Voice. Nadia has been part of the main cast in television shows such as City Homicide, Fireflies,Headland, Headstart.Other credits include SeaPatrol, Chandon Pictures, Rush, Old School and Home and Away. Her film roles include, Knowing,Zombie Monologues, Puppy, Concealed and Danny Deckchair.


Stevie Ray

Film

Stevie Ray has worked as a Casting Director for the multi-award winning McGregor Casting for 11 years. Some of Stevie’s film and TV credits include: (Oscar nominated) The Eleven O’Clock (Short film), Here Come the Habibs! (TV Series), High Life, (TV Series), Roman Empire (TV Series), The Moodys (TV Series), Down Under (FF)along with many MANY Television Commercials.


Josh McConville

Theatre/ Character Development and Scenework

Josh graduated from The National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2008.  Since graduating he has worked extensively in theatre, his credits include Cloud Nine, All My Sons, Midsummer Nights Dream, Loot, Arcadia, Hay Fever, After Dinner, Cyrano De Bergerac with Richard Roxburgh, Noises Off (for which he won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor), Romeo and Juliet, In the Next Room (for which he was nominated for the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor), directed by Pamela Rabe, and the much acclaimed Gross Und Klein, opposite Cate Blanchett and directed by Benedict Andrews all for Sydney Theatre Company. After a successful season in Sydney the show toured Europe to critical acclaim.

Josh played the lead role of Brett Sprague, the violent and psychopathic brother in the Griffin Theatre Company production of The Boys (also for the Sydney Festival) directed by Sam Strong in which he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Other productions for Griffin include The Call, directed by Lee Lewis, and Strange Attractor, directed by Nick Marchand – both of which he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Newcomer.

In 2016 Josh toured Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet nationally in which he was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor. He has also toured King Lear nationally, directed by Marion Potts and performed as ‘Truffaldino’ in The Servant of Two Masters, directed by Darren Gilshenan, at the Coogee Arts Festival.

His other theatre credits include The Sublime for The Melbourne Theatre Company (which he was nominated for a Green Room award), The Sugar House for Belvoir, Death of a Salesman for Black Swan Theatre Company, and Moving Parts where he performed alongside Colin Friels and Russell Boyd. Josh is currently in rehearsals for Shelagh Delaneys A Taste of Honey at Belvoir which opens 25th July.

Television credits include Southern Star’s production of Wild Boys, Channel Nine’s multi-award winning drama Underbelly II: A Tale of Two Cities, ABC’s multi-award winning series Redfern Now and Cleverman, both directed by Wayne Blair, Channel Seven’s The Killing Field, and Home and Away.

Josh’s film credits include The Infinite Man which won over audiences and critics at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival, as well as The Turning: Commission alongside Hugo Weaving and directed by David Wenham, Down Under directed by Abe Forsythe, Sotiris Dounoukos’ Joe Cinque’s Consolation, and David Michôd’s War Machine. He has three films to be released in 2018; 1% starring alongside Ryan Corr, Standing Up for Sonny alongside RJ Mitte, and The Merger written by Damian Callinan.