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.
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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.
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.
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.
Vocal / Dialect Coach
In 1996 Donald studied voice at NIDA. In 2010 he commenced employment at WAAPA where he currently works as a full time lecturer of voice in the Acting, Aboriginal Theatre Studies, and Music Theatre Departments. He also works part-time at The Actor’s Hub in Perth. In broadcasting his clients include Fox Sports and Fox Sports News and has done intensive voice training work with notable international broadcasting clients Aljazeera English and MTV base. In Perth he has worked as a voice trainer in the broadcast environment with Channel 7, Channel 9, the ABC and 6PR.
Outside of the entertainment industry he runs voice training sessions for professional speakers in vocally demanding fields such as education, politics, law and the corporate sector.
Iain graduated with distinction from the RADA Masters Program and Kings College, London. He is the associate artist and resident dramaturge for Playwriting Australia and has been assistant director to Cate Blanchett and Max Stafford Clark. Iain was invited by Max Stafford Clark to tour the UK as a member of his company “Out of Joint” teaching principles of new play making and Max Stafford Clark’s legendary process based on actioning.