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Miranda Harcourt

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Miranda is one of New Zealand's most adventurous and best-loved actresses. Not only has she toured all over New Zealand with shows like "Flowers From My Mother's Garden" and "Verbatim", she has toured prisons and theatres all over the world as well as every prison from Invercargill to Paremoremo Maximum.
In her speaking engagements she uses experiences from her work in prisons to shed both humour and insight on communications issues. Listening and discovering how to better achieve great communication skills are the focus of her work.

Miranda has worked continuously on stage, film and television since graduating from Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School. National exposure came with 3 seasons of TVNZ's "Gloss", and since then Miranda has appeared in TV shows like "Duggan", "Cover Story", "City Life" and the award-winning short films "Ends Meat", "The Dig" and "Snap".

Miranda has been a Winston Churchill Memorial Scholar, has received the Media Peace Prize and the WCC Safer Communities Award. She has received numerous grants from Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Suffrage Medal.

In 1990 Miranda spent a year at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, studying the use of drama and movement in therapy. During this time she worked in psychiatric institutions, prisons and with the deaf and disabled. Since then Miranda has taught all over New Zealand, in the UK and is now back at Toi Whakaari, as Head of Acting.

She has toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London, Denver, Hong Kong and New South Wales with her solo show "Verbatim" and has most recently undertaken three national tours of the NZ Festival of the Arts commissioned show "Flowers From My Mother's Garden", no mean feat with her new baby Peter McKenzie in tow. The show played to a rapturous response and critical acclaim and has now been published by Penguin Books.

In 1999 Miranda directed Much Ado About Nothing and in June 2000 directed Double Beat, a play by acclaimed writer (and her husband) Stuart McKenzie, both performed in Wellington's Downstage Theatre.
In 2002 Miranda was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (O.N.Z.M) in the Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours 2002. Miranda received this award for Services to Theatre and the Community.
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