Vanessa Byrnes

Vitals

Gender
Female
Age Range
45 - 55
Height
166cm
Base Location
Auckland
Available In
International
Skills
Actor, Commercial Talent, Director, Presenter, Writer
Hair
Dark Brown
Eye
Green
Memberships
Actors Equity NZ

Agent

Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency

Australian Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency (Aus)
Feature Photo
Vanessa Byrnes

Credits

Television

2018
Dr Tammy Lawson
Shortland Street
South Pacific Pictures
2013
Mother (Ep.2)
Step Dave
South Pacific Pictures
Britta Hawkins
2010
Jane Chapman (Ep. 7 "Morbid Much")
101 Dates
101 Takes (Wellington)
Jane Chapman
2002
Lady Rothermere (Ep. 7 "Scorpion")
Dark Knight
Cloud 9 Productions
2002
Mrs Cohen (Ep. 7)
The Strip 2001/2002
Gibson Group
Robert Sarkies
1997
Jane Forbes
Mirror Mirror II
Gibson Group / Millennium Pictures
Sophia Scheding
1997
Washerwoman (Ep. 7)
William Tell
Cloud 9 Productions
Declan Eames
1996
Pauline Postlethwaite (Ep. 6)
Coverstory
Gibson Group
Mike Smith

Short Film

2007
Sarah (Female lead)
A Night of Sunshine
Independent, Wellington
Alan Morrison
2006
Jen (lead)
(Jen and the Art of) Motorcycle Maintenance
Fat Circus Films. Victoria University Graduation Films
2006
Betsy (lead)
Truce
NZ Film School Graduation Films
Bruno Dubois
2005
Neighbour
You Can't Be (Too Careful)
NZ Film School (Wellington)
Naomi Wallwork
2001
Carol (lead)
Fable
NZ Film School (Wellington)
Alex Greenhough
1999
Woman (female lead)
Self Aware
Awareness Films
Alex Greenhough
1998
Ivy
2,3,4, Stories
Fever Films Co-op
Aileen O'Sullivan
1996
Janet (female lead)
Bennett's Invention
BOB Productions
Derek Pearson
1994
Maria (lead)
I Only Came To Use The Phone
Toi Whakaari
Aileen O'Sullivan & Cliff Curtis

Feature Film

2002
Lanarch: Castle of Lies
Lead Reader: Initial rehearsals
Gibson Group
Yvonne Mackay
1996
Julie
The Ugly
Zee Films & Weta Workshop
Scott Reynolds

Stage

1997
Florence Nightingale (Solo performance)
Florence Nightingale
NZ Parliament House. Centenary Celebration of Nursing in New Zealand
1997
Kamila Stosslova
Intimate Letters (Janacek) Performing with Chamber Music Inc. NZ & the Prazak Quartet, en tour from Prague
Town Hall, Wellington. Holy Trinity, Auckland
Barry Epsom
1996
Singer
Strup (Wellington Fringe Festival)
Evans Bay Outdoor Arena
Jo Randerson & Ang Meyer
1995
Hermia
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Prometheus Productions, Sydney. Singapore (touring production)
Damien Parker
1995
Presenter
Before Cinema: The Magic Lantern
BATS Theatre
Jonathan Dennis
1995
Titania
The Fairy Queen
Downstage Theatre
Alison Hodge

Presenter

2012
Co-presented with Professor David McKie
Performing Emotion. Stand and Unfold Your Praxis: Reflections in connecting experiments to make theatre directing and leadership learning more dynamic.
Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference, University of York, UK
2008
Guest Speaker
The Value of, Place of, and Need for Creativity
NZ Women's Business Conference, Tauranga
2007
Keynote Address
Keeping It Fresh
Learning Curves FASS Graduate Conference, University of Waikato

Radio

2004
Actor - Remembrance
The Elk Safari with Dame Kate Harcourt and Donogh Rees
The Matterhorn & Radio New Zealand Drama
Uri Khein
2003
Director
Lifestyle Block
Radio New Zealand Drama
Vanessa Byrnes

Commercial

2003
Lead Actor 2001 - 2003
My Future's so Bright (series)
Open Polytechnic / The Picture House
Greg Schmetzer
1999
Actor
Telecom Business
Sydney Film Company
1998
Sarah (female lead)
LTSA 'Either Way Caught'
Silverscreen Productions
Geoff Dixon
1994
Featured (speaking)
Coffee
Granbrook Films

Video

2006
Lawyer for the Child
Parenting Hearings Programme DVD and Brochue
Ministry of Justice Legal Resources Trust
Brent Williams
2004
Lead character and Presenter
National Bank: Business Banking Promotional CD-Rom
Kraft: Haus Films
David Stubbs
1997
Teacher
The Conflict Partnership Process
Legal Resources Trust
Robin Greenburg
1996
Bank Clerk
Custody & Access
Legal Resources Trust
Brent Williams
1996
Josie (lead)
Money Laundering: The Soap
Legal Resources Trust
Steve La Hood

Other

2014
Artistic Assessor 2010 - 2014
Theatre Section
Creative NZ
2014
Reviewer 2010 - 2014
NZ Theatreview online Website
www.theatrereview.org.nz
2013
Writer / Director
Tarnished Frocks and Divas
ASB Arena & Mount Maunganui
Vanessa Byrnes
2012
Executive Producer
Seven Shorts 2012
M3 Productions. The Actors' Program (Auckland)
Peter Burger
2011
Advisory Director
Colourful Soul
MauaoPAC, Mount Maunganui
2011
Director
Tarnished Frocks and Divas
Millsreef Vineyard, Tauranga
Vanessa Byrnes
2009
Director / Writer / Producer
Tarnished Frocks and Divas
Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga
Vanessa Byrnes
2009
National Assessor
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
SGCNZ University of Otago
2007
Director
Twelfth Night
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
2006
Director
Short Sharp Shakes: Scenes from Shakespeare
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
2006
Director
Myth, Propaganda & Disaster in Nazi Germany & Contemporary America
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
2006
Director and Co-devisor with performer Sara Standring
Please Don't Feed the Models
BATS Theatre (Fringe Festival). Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga
Vanessa Byrnes
2005
National Assessor
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
Shakespear Globe Centre NZ/University of Otago
2005
Director
Short Sharp Shakes; Scenes from Shakespear
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
2005
Director and Mentor
Go Solo
Toi Whakaari Graduating Students' Solo Performances
Vanessa Byrnes
2005
Director & Mentor
Go Solo: Toi Whakaari Graduating Students' Solo Performances
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
2004
Director and Mentor
Go Solo
Toi Whakaari Graduating Students' Solo Performances
Vanessa Byrnes
2003
Director
Lifestyle Block
Radio New Zealand Drama
Vanessa Byrnes
2002
Director and Mentor
Go Solo
Toi Whakaari Graduating Students Solo Performances
Vanessa Byrnes
2002
Director
History Never Repeats
Queenstown Winter Festival
Vanessa Byrnes
2002
Director
If Pain Persists
BATS Theatre. Wellington Fringe Festival
Vanessa Byrnes
2001
Director
Between
Young & Hungry Fringe Productions Wellington, BATS Theatre
Vanessa Byrnes
2001
Director
Playing from the Heart
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra & Christchurch Drama Centre
Vanessa Byrnes
2001
Director
Cooking with Elvis
Te Haea - Blood Sugar Co-operative, Wellington
Vanessa Byrnes
2000
Director
The Mysteries
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
2000
Director
Box/Role Dream
FUEL Festival July, Meteor Theatre, Hamilton
Vanessa Byrnes
2000
Assistant Director (Observing Vanesa Redgrave as Prospero)
The Tempest
Red Company at the Globe Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London
Tim Carroll
2000
Director
Te Raukura - Songs of the Judges
Parihaka xhibition Wellington City Art Gallery
Vanessa Byrnes
2000
Assistant Director
The Two Nobel Kinsmen
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London
Tim Carroll
1999
National Assessor
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
SGCNZ University of Otago
1999
Director
The Cherry Orchard
Victoria University
Vanessa Byrnes
1999
Director
Phaedra
Victoria University
Vanessa Byrnes
1999
Director
Abigail's Party
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
1999
Director
Serious Money
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
1999
Director
Bondagers
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
1998
Director
Sexual Perversity in Chicago
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
1998
Director
Scenes from Shakespeare
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
1998
Director
Nga Pou Waahine
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
1997
Director
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
VUW Theatre & Film
Vanessa Byrnes
1997
Director
The Changeling (execerpts)
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes
1997
Director
Measure for Measure (excerpts)
Toi Whakaari
Vanessa Byrnes

Training

2014
University of Waikato
Phd submitted. Thesis title: Removing the 'Cloak of Invisibility': Profssional New Zealand Directors Discuss Theatre Directing Praxis.
2011
Awarded Special Award
Merit in PhD study. Waikato Federation of Graduate Women
2010
Awarded full time University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship
University of Waikato
1994
Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa/New Zealand Drama School
Diploma in Professional Acting
1992
University of Waikato
Master of Arts (First Class Honours) in Literature
1990
University of Waikato
Bachelor of Arts in English & Politics
2002
Best Solo Show - Director
Winner: If Pain Persists - 2002 Fringe Festival
2001
Best Youth Theatre Show - Director
Nominee: Between - Young & Hungry Fringe Production, Wellington
2000
Best Theatre Work Award - Director
Winner: Box/Role Dream 2000 Fringe Festival
2000
Chapman Tripp Theatre Award - Director
Nominated Most Original Production: Box/Role Dream

Skills & Attributes

Shoe Size
9.5
Clothing Size
Female - 10
Waist
80cm
Neck
33cm
Bust
96cm
Hip
98cm
Natural Accent
New Zealand
Ethnicity
Caucasian, New Zealand
Accents
English, French, Irish, New Zealand, American Standard, Australian
Languages
English, French
Hair Length
Past Shoulder
Hair Style
Straight
Drivers Licences
Car
Professional Skills
Actor, Commercial Talent, Director, Presenter, Writer

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Notes

MOST RECENT POSITIONS EMPLOYER: The Actors' Progran, Auckland - January 2012 - present. POSITION: Associate Program Manager DESCRIPTION: Teaching acting and performance skills as required part-time on the Program. Managing and strategically developing the course. Marketing, profile development, and outreach to the industry. Executive Production of short film projects and camera work. EMPLOYER Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa/New Zealand Drama School, Wellington March 1997 - March 2008. POSITION Senior Acting Tutor, Manager Acting Department and Head of Theoretical Studies. DESCRIPTION Managing and teaching Acting Programme (3 year Bachelor of Performance) with HOD Acting. Managing and teaching history, theory, and philosophy of theatre; acting methodology; acting for theatre; Shakespeare in performance; text in action; character development; public production and performance. Teaching text analysis, industry practice and performance technique as required on all courses (Acting, Design, Masters in Directing, Entertainment Technology, Arts Management and Costume Construction). Developing and writing student assessment on all courses. Direction of selected performances and many main stage productions including Shakespeare, classic and contemporary plays. Teaching, mentoring and providing tutorial supervision of BA in Acting students. Managing, designing, implementing and teaching and assessment of degree level performance research work. Managing of budgets and strategic overview systems and acting department staff. Managing systems and degree design/delivery for the Acting Department. Providing executive production of short films and camera work. SPECIALIST ROLES IN RELATED FIELDS Freelance writer, editor, reviewer, education and theatre consultant. Theatre and short film producer & director. Freelance director, actor, dramaturge and board member. Communications Manager for Waitangi Tribunal, Wellington (1995-1997). THEATRE TEACHING AREAS I am confidently able to structure courses and workshops based on a wide knowledge of all aspects of theatre, screen and performance, and can develop and lecture Drama or Theatre Studies papers based on, but not limited to: New Zealand theatre, Directing methods in new Zealand / Aotearoa and overseas. Contemporary and classic play texts - old and modern worlds. History, Theory and philosophy of theatre. Shakespeare (and contemporaries) in performances; Original Practice and post-Stanislavskian methods; form vs feeling; Shakespeare for actors, directors & teachers. Brecht and Political Theatre: 1960's onwards. Text-based acting methodologies. diverse approaches to acting analysis and craft: Action-based, Episodic; Imaged-based; Stanislavski; Narrative. Crating / devising theatre in group or solo forms. Developing communication skills and presence; Leadership training. Genre, space and narrative. Presence, connection, and screen technique. Public speaking and Leadership skills. OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2013 Acting and Improvisation Teacher - National Girls Brigade Convention. Action Stations ASB Arena, Tauranga. 2012 The Cognitive Institute, Auckland. Actor/Educator for Dr. Carolyn Russell. 2011 External Moderator for Theatre Studies M.A. Student University of Waikato. 2009 to 2012 Theatre and Acting Teacher. Drama for children and adults. Vanessa Byrnes School of Drama, Tauranga. Secondary Teacher in Drama, Dance and English. Fixed term contract on LAT, Tauranga Girls' College. 2002 Shakespeares Workshop. Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre. Tutor - Acting, Master class for Professional Actors. Guest Lecturer (Shakespeare) Theatre & Film Section, Victoria University of Wellington 204: 2nd year History of Theatre. Guest Lecutrer & Tutor; St Mary's High School, Wellington. Shakespeare Final year students. 2001 Tutor - Acting, Nelson. Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ National Training School Tutor - Acting. Christchurch. Christchurch Drama Centre Trust week-long intensive Summer School. 2000 Acting Tutor. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, Eduction Department. 1999, 3005, 2009 National Assessor, Sheilah Winn National Festival of Shakespeare in Schools, Wellington. 1997-2008 History, Theory & Philosophy of Theatre, Text Analysis, Acting Methodology & Directing Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School. 1997 Text Analysis - Year One, Shakespeare & Middleton scenes, Year One. Production Moderation & Feedback Year Two. Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School. 1996 Text Analysis & History of Theatre, Year One. King Lear scenes, Year One. Production Moderation & Feedback. History of Theatre, Year One. Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School. 1995 Directing (scenes), Year One. Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School. 1991 - 1992 NZ Literature, Year Two, NZ Government & Society. Te Timatanga Hou, University of Waikato. 1990 - 1991 Ontroduction to Literature, Year One. University of Waikato. PAPERS 2014 'Shared Experiences': Influence, Tradition and the Legacy of Mike Alfreds in New Zealand Professional Theatre Practice at the Australasian Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Association (ADSA) Conference 2014, Wellington June 2014 2012 'Performing Emotions' co-presented with Professor David McKie. 'Stand and Unfold Your Praxis': Reflections in connecting experiments to make theatre directing and leadership learning more dynamic. Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference, University of York, UK. 2011 'Stand and Unfold Your Praxis': Directing Directions with 'Text and Shakespeare in NZ Professional Theatre at the Learning Curves (NZ Postgraduate) Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton. 2009 'The Value of, Place of, and need for Creativity'. Keynote speaker: NZ Women's Business Conference, Tauranga. 2008 'A Profesional Approach'(March). Guest Speaker Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Tauranga. 2007 'Keeping It Fresh': Keynote Address at the Learning Curves FASS Graduate Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton. 2000 'Around the Globe in 70 Days: Directing Shakespeare in Performance at the Globe Theatre'. Victoria University of Wellington English Section; Toi Whakaari; George Andrews Memorial Lecture, Wellington Shakespeare Society, Wellington. 1999 "Constructing the Stuff that Dreams are Made On': Bi-cultural Training Processes of Investigation and Training at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. ADSA Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.