Welcome to Professional-Level Teen Acting for Stage and Screen curated by Miranda Harcourt and taught by leading industry professionals.
Hi there! I am Miranda Harcourt, I lead a team of highly skilled tutors and together we run this Professional-level Teen Acting course. I am thrilled at our success and at the family of teen actors we have created over the short history of RATA Studios. We have had students cast in TV shows, films, and on the professional stage. This year looks like it will bring just as many opportunities as RATA Studios is situated right in the heart of Wellington’s film industry.
Congratulations to Rata grad Erana James who, following a very successful performance as the lead in The Changeover, is playing one of the leads in an ensemble cast for a new TV series called The Wilds scheduled to be released on Amazon Prime mid 2020!
And another great example of RATA success from late 2015 is Celia Macdonald who scored a role opposite Robyn Malcolm (Outrageous Fortune’s Cheryl West) in the short film Goodness Grows Here.
Several of our students had the opportunity to audition for this role and Natalie Medlock the director said “Please pass my thanks and appreciation to all the girls who auditioned. They were all of a really high standard.”
Our classes are formally recognised as a “feeder” for Toi Whakaari — NZ Drama School and for The Actors’ Program in Auckland. Successful young actors fly in from all over New Zealand to attend one of our Saturday classes, work with New Zealand’s best tutors and with a young company of committed, supportive teens.
Rata Studios brings in only top-flight tutors operating at the top of their field. Our tutors are prominent actors, directors and casting directors who show their recent work and share their expertise. We connect via Skype with actors and directors all over NZ, and our teens interview them about their work and advice. Our programme is a unique blend of professional exposure and the safety of a class environment. It is exciting for us to know that we are kick-starting the careers of the next generation of actors and directors in NZ, connecting students with agents and lining up opportunities. The Rata Studios team is looking forward to seeing you at class!
“This course was one of the most perfect experiences I have ever had. It’s probably the thing I miss most about New Zealand now that I am back in Germany. It taught me so much more than acting. I feel I got to know myself much better and have a much clearer picture of what I really want. Everybody was so lovely and supportive, there was always fun to be had but everybody was so professional at the same time”.- Victoria Beyer.
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About Miranda Harcourt
“Miranda’s skills as an actress and coach place her at the top of her field. The work she does is unique anywhere in the world.” Peter Jackson, director Lord of the Rings – The Hobbit – The Lovely Bones
“For me it is wonderful to have a coach who is sensitive to my way of working… Miranda is great.” Jane Campion, director Bright Star
“Her energy, tenacity and goal oriented nature was a breath of fresh air… She’s the stitch in time.” Lauren Levine, producer Bridge to Terabithia
“I truly believe Soul Surfer would not be Soul Surfer without you. Thanks so much for all you’ve done to lift the spirit and performances of our cast.” Rich Peluso, Executive Producer Soul Surfer
“Leslie could never have come in full bloom without the freedom and life you showed me. You pulled Leslie out of me and I would never have won the award without your help.” AnnaSophia Robb, Bridge to Terabithia – The Carrie Diaries – The Way Back