Vanessa Byrnes

Actor / Commercial
Age Range

45—55

Height

166cm

Eye Colour

Green

Hair Colour

Dark Brown

Ethnicity

New Zealander

Based In

Auckland

Vanessa Byrnes

Artist Resume

Television

Year
Role
Production

2021

Nurse Sally Phillips

The Panthers (ep.2)

Four Knights Films

Dir. Tom Hern

2018

Dr. Tammy Lawson

Shortland St

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. Jacqui Nairn/ Ian Hughes/ Richard Barr

2013

Mother (Ep.2)

Step Dave

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. Britta Hawkins

2010

101 Dates

101 Takes (Wellington)

Dir. Jane Chapman

2002

Dark Knight

Cloud 9 Productions

2002

Mrs Cohen (Ep. 7)

The Strip 2001/2002

Gibson Group

Dir. Robert Sarkies

2001

Ms. Cohen

The Strip

Gibson Group

Dir. Robert Sarkies

1997

Jane Forbes

Mirror Mirror II

Gibson Group / Millennium Pictures

Dir. Sophia Scheding

1997

Washerwoman (Ep. 7)

William Tell

Cloud 9 Productions

Dir. Declan Eames

1996

Pauline Postlethwaite (Ep. 6)

Coverstory

Gibson Group

Dir. Mike Smith

Other

Year
Role
Production

2021

Leader/ Co-Facilitator

National Creative Industries Hui/ Talanoa

Unitec (Auckland)

2021

Member

WIFT

2020

Writer

Recherche littéraire/Literary Research (Belgium)

2018

Founder

Women in Creative Leadership

Auckland

2016

Antony and Cleopatra

Pop-up Globe Theatre: Byrnes Productions Ltd

2015

Writer: PhD

Removing the ‘Cloak of Invisibility’: New Zealand Directors Discuss Theatre

Uni of Waikato

2014

Artistic Assessor 2010 - 2014

Theatre Section

Creative NZ

2014

Reviewer 2010 - 2014

NZ Theatreview online Website

www.theatrereview.org.nz

2013

TFD Trust (Tauranga)

2013

Writer / Director

Tarnished Frocks and Divas

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2012

Executive Producer

Seven Shorts 2012

Dir. Peter Burger

2011

Advisory Director

Colourful Soul

MauaoPAC, Mount Maunganui

2011

Director

Tarnished Frocks and Divas

Millsreef Vineyard, Tauranga

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2011

Director

TFD Trust

2009

Director / Writer / Producer

Tarnished Frocks and Divas

Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2009

National Assessor

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

SGCNZ University of Otago

2007

Director

Twelfth Night

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2006

Director and Co-devisor with performer Sara Standring

BATS Theatre (Fringe Festival). Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2006

Director

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2006

Director

Short Sharp Shakes: Scenes from Shakespeare

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2005

Director and Mentor

Go Solo

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2005

Director

Short Sharp Shakes; Scenes from Shakespear

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2005

National Assessor

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Shakespear Globe Centre NZ/University of Otago

2005

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2004

Director and Mentor

Go Solo

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2003

Director

Lifestyle Block

Radio New Zealand Drama

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2002

Director and Mentor

Go Solo

Toi Whakaari Graduating Students Solo Performances

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2002

Director

History Never Repeats

Queenstown Winter Festival

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2002

Director

If Pain Persists

BATS Theatre. Wellington Fringe Festival

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2001

Director

Cooking with Elvis

Te Haea - Blood Sugar Co-operative, Wellington

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2001

Director

Between

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2001

Director

Playing from the Heart

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2000

Assistant Director

The Two Nobel Kinsmen

Dir. Tim Carroll

2000

Director

Te Raukura - Songs of the Judges

Parihaka xhibition Wellington City Art Gallery

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2000

Assistant Director (Observing Vanesa Redgrave as Prospero)

The Tempest

Dir. Tim Carroll

2000

Director

Box/Role Dream

FUEL Festival July, Meteor Theatre, Hamilton

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

2000

Director

The Mysteries

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1999

Director

Bondagers

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1999

Director

Serious Money

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1999

National Assessor

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

SGCNZ University of Otago

1999

Director

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1999

Director

The Cherry Orchard

Victoria University

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1999

Director

Phaedra

Victoria University

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1998

Director

Nga Pou Waahine

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1998

Director

Scenes from Shakespeare

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1998

Director

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1997

Director

Measure for Measure (excerpts)

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1997

Director

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

1997

Director

The Changeling (execerpts)

Toi Whakaari

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

Presenter

Year
Role
Production

2020

Conference Paper

‘Here is my space; the nobleness of life is to do thus’: Democratizing Performance and Embodying Presence at the Pop-up Globe Theatre in Auckland’

The 15th International Arts in Society Conference (Galway, Ireland)

2019

Conference Paper

‘SHARP’ Skills: The Need for Creativity for Tomorrow’s Learners’

The 7th Sino NZ Vocational Education and Training Model Symposium (Qingdao, China)

2019

Conference Paper

How to start a Creative (R)evolution. Empowering Women, Growing Artists, and Reclaiming the Real through Live Performance

Performing the Artefact Conference (Uni of Otago: Dunedin)

2018

Guest Speaker

TEACHING CREATIVITY IN AOTEAROA/ NEW ZEALAND: International Dance Forum

Beijing Dance Academy

2018

Conference Paper

Collaborative Creativity: Pedagogical Practice and Relational Innovation in Aotearoa/ New Zealand Contemporary Dance Training’

Beijing Dance Academy: International President’s Dance Forum: An Outlook on Future Dance Training

2017

Panel Discussion on Directing

‘Shared Truths’: Directing Praxis in New Zealand’

Drama NZ National Conference (Dunedin)

2017

Keynote Address

‘Creative ‘Response-ability’: Teaching, Directing, and Practicing Creativity in a Contemporary World’

Drama NZ Conference (Dunedin)

2017

Conference Paper

‘Directing, ‘Fraternity’, and Belonging on the Threshold’

ADSA: Australasian Drama Studies Association Conference (AUT: Auckland)

2016

Guest Speaker

Creativity in Action

Beijing Dance Academy

2016

Lecture

‘Working the Open-Air Stage’

Pop-up Globe Theatre Symposium (Auckland Uni)

2016

Public Lecture

‘The Value, Place, and Need for Creativity’

Shanghai Theatre Academy

2014

Conference Paper

‘‘Shared Experiences’: Influence, Tradition and the Legacy of Mike Alfreds in NZ Professional Theatre Practice’

Australasian Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Association (ADSA) Conference (Wellington)

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

2008

Keynote Speaker

The Value of, Place of, and Need for Creativity’

NZ Women’s Business Conference

2007

Keynote Address

Keeping It Fresh

Learning Curves FASS Graduate Conference, University of Waikato

2000

Keynote Address

‘Around the Globe in 70 Days: Directing Shakespeare in Performance at the Globe Theatre’

George Andrews Memorial Lecture, Wellington Shakespeare Society

Short Film

Year
Role
Production

2007

Sarah (Female lead)

A Night of Sunshine

Independent, Wellington

Dir. Alan Morrison

2006

Jen (lead)

(Jen and the Art of) Motorcycle Maintenance

Fat Circus Films. Victoria University Graduation Films

Dir. Gregor Cameron

2006

Betsy (lead)

Truce

NZ Film School Graduation Films

Dir. Bruno Dubois

2005

Neighbour

NZ Film School (Wellington)

Dir. Naomi Wallwork

2001

Carol (lead)

Fable

NZ Film School (Wellington)

Dir. Alex Greenhough

1999

Woman (female lead)

Self Aware

Awareness Films

Dir. Alex Greenhough

1998

Ivy

2,3,4, Stories

Fever Films Co-op

1996

Janet (female lead)

BOB Productions

Dir. Derek Pearson

1994

Maria (lead)

I Only Came To Use The Phone

Toi Whakaari

Feature Film

Year
Role
Production

2002

Lanarch: Castle of Lies

Lead Reader: Initial rehearsals

Gibson Group

Dir. Yvonne Mackay

1996

Julie

The Ugly

Dir. Scott Reynolds

Stage

Year
Role
Production

1997

Kamila Stosslova

Town Hall, Wellington. Holy Trinity, Auckland

Dir. Barry Epsom

1997

Florence Nightingale (Solo performance)

Florence Nightingale

NZ Parliament House. Centenary Celebration of Nursing in New Zealand

1996

Singer

Strup (Wellington Fringe Festival)

Evans Bay Outdoor Arena

1995

Hermia

Prometheus Productions, Sydney. Singapore (touring production)

Dir. Damien Parker

1995

Presenter

Before Cinema: The Magic Lantern

BATS Theatre

Dir. Jonathan Dennis

1995

Titania

The Fairy Queen

Downstage Theatre

Dir. Alison Hodge

Radio

Year
Role
Production

2004

Actor - Remembrance

The Elk Safari with Dame Kate Harcourt and Donogh Rees

Dir. Uri Khein

2003

Director

Lifestyle Block

Radio New Zealand Drama

Dir. Vanessa Byrnes

Commercial

Year
Role
Production

2003

Lead Actor 2001 - 2003

Open Polytechnic / The Picture House

Dir. Greg Schmetzer

1999

Actor

Telecom Business

Sydney Film Company

1998

Sarah (female lead)

Silverscreen Productions

Dir. Geoff Dixon

1994

Featured (speaking)

Coffee

Granbrook Films

Video

Year
Role
Production

2006

Lawyer for the Child

Parenting Hearings Programme DVD and Brochue

Ministry of Justice Legal Resources Trust

Dir. Brent Williams

2004

Lead character and Presenter

National Bank: Business Banking Promotional CD-Rom

Kraft: Haus Films

Dir. David Stubbs

1997

Teacher

The Conflict Partnership Process

Legal Resources Trust

Dir. Robin Greenburg

1996

Josie (lead)

Money Laundering: The Soap

Legal Resources Trust

Dir. Steve La Hood

1996

Bank Clerk

Legal Resources Trust

Dir. Brent Williams