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Women in Film & TV NZ has booked Hollywood master director Mark Travis for a one-day workshop in Auckland in August.

“At the behest of some great fans here of Mark’s Travis Technique we are running this special one-day event to give you all a taste of the extensive workshops he runs around the world,” said WiFT’s National Manager Patricia Watson.

“This is a one-day master class which means people will see wonderful demonstrations of The Travis Technique with two of New Zealand’s leading actors Tandi Wright and Paul Glover.

“Experience is not required with The Travis Technique – you simply get to watch the magic that’s available to you.”

“There is no need to have any experience with The Travis Technique because you’re not actively and individually practising it. You simply get to watch the magic that’s available to you.

“The class will be held in the Atrium at ASB Waterfront Theatre so tickets are limited (one company has already reserved 8 seats).

“Mark will also be offering a very limited number of private consultations while he is here. If you are interested in booking, email us here on”

ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland CBD
A One-Day Travis Technique Master Class
Sunday 12 August 10am-5pm

  • Online Tickets here
  • Tickets cost: WiFT members $30, other guild members $40, non-members $50.
  • Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)
  • Tea and coffee will be available but bring your own snacks and lunch!

The Travis Technique
Is a radical, playful and profound way into STORY, CHARACTERS and SCENE

  • If you’re a director, you can free yourself from the restraints of traditional directing and venture into inspired and powerful collaboration with the characters.
  • If you’re an actor, you get to relax and enjoy being the character.
  • If you’re a writer you get to engage with your characters up close, live and in person.

GOAL: To introduce directors, actors, writers and all storytellers to the three components of The Travis Technique through demonstration, improvisation and stories.



Mining Your Own Life Story for Emotional Truths

Learning how to reveal your own chaos and complexity will give you the courage and skills to shape any story into a highly compelling and emotionally engaging journey.


Working with Actors to Generate Authentic Characters

The Interrogation Process is designed to bypass the actor’s mind, so that each character can emerge naturally and organically from deep within.


Stimulating the Emotional State of the Characters

Rather than staging for the camera, you must first consider the emotional state of the characters, how the staging will affect them, and whether the staging stimulates the appropriate emotions in every character.

About Mark Travis
Mark Travis is regarded by Hollywood’s top brass and international film professionals as the world’s leading authority on the art and craft of film directing. All of his techniques stem from the pursuit of organic authentic performances that are deeply felt by audiences. He is currently on the faculty of HFF (Munich), HSU (Kiev) and has taught at AFI, UCLA, The Binger Institute (Amsterdam), PU (Pixar University), FAS Screen Training Ireland and many other internationally acclaimed institutions and film schools. He has served as directorial and creative consultant to Mark Rydell, George Tillman, Cyrus Nowrasteh, and dozens of Independent filmmakers in Hollywood and internationally. He is respected and recommended by top actors such as Beau Bridges, Henry Winkle and Bill Pullman.

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