Rachel House (actress)
Rachel Jessica Te Ao Maarama House(born 20 October 1971) is a New Zealand actress, acting coach, and director.
House at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Rachel Jessica Te Ao Maarama House
20 October 1971
Auckland, New Zealand
|Occupation||Actress, acting coach, comedian|
House attended the New Zealand national drama school, Toi Whakaari, graduating in 1992. From here she went into stage work with Pacific Underground Theatre and Auckland Theatre Company. In 1995, she won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year Award for her performance in the one-woman show Nga Pou Wahine by Briar Grace-Smith. This was followed by other awards in 2000 (Most Outstanding Performance) for Witi Ihimaera's critically acclaimed Woman Far Walking (in which she played the key role of Tiriti, a 160-year-old woman) and 2003 (Best Supporting Actress) in Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.
She has acted in several major productions that have toured both nationally and internationally, including Hone Kouka's Waiora, Carol Anne Duffy's The Worlds Wife and the UK/New Zealand co-production of Beauty and the Beast.
House's film work has included roles in Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, and White Lies. Her television appearances include Maddigan's Quest and Gaylene Preston's series Hope and Wire. Jason Buchanan of the Rovi corporation says of her "While she may not necessarily possess traditional Hollywood good looks, House has an undeniably distinct persona onscreen and exhibits just the kind of charisma that could prove the foundation for an enduring career."
House is a frequent collaborator of director Taika Waititi, acting in four of his films (Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok) while also serving as acting coach for the young actors on Boy, ... Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit. She also worked as acting coach in Everything We Loved, The Dark Horse, The Rehearsal and the second season of the series Top of the Lake.
House has directed several theatrical performances, winning the 2001 Director of the Year award at both the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and the New Zealand Listener Awards for her direction of Mitch Tawhi Thomas' play Have Car Will Travel.
House attended the Prague Film School in 2008 and was awarded Best Director and Best Film Audience Award for her two short films made while studying there. In 2010, House directed Kylie Meehan's short film The Winter Boy, produced by Hineani Melbourne for the New Zealand Film Commission's Premiere Shorts.
In 2012, House directed the Māori-language version of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, performed as part of an international series at London's Globe Theatre. For this she was awarded Production of the Year and Director of the Year at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Other theatre directing work includes the award-winning production of Hinepau, which House also co-adapted from Gavin Bishop's original book and toured both nationally and internationally, Neil La Bute's The Mercy Seat and Hui by longtime collaborator Mitch Tawhi Thomas that premiered at the Auckland Arts Festival in 2013.
In 2016, House directed Auckland based theatre company Silo Theatre's production of Medea, a contemporary retelling of the Euripides myth created by Australian theatre-makers Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks.
In 2012, House received the New Zealand Arts Foundation's Laureate Award, which is given as an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth. In 2016, House received the WIFT (Women in Film & Television) NZ Mana Wāhine Award for her prolific contribution to theatre and film, both in front of and behind the camera.
|2006||Perfect Creature||Forensic woman|
|2007||Eagle vs Shark||Nancy|
|2014||Everything We Loved||TV reporter||Voice role|
|The Dark Horse||Vagrant woman|
|2016||Hunt for the Wilderpeople||Paula||Director's Intern and Dialogue Coach|
|Moana||Gramma Tala||Voice role (House reprises her role as Tala in the 2017 Māori dub of the movie)|
|2020||Ellie & Abbie (& Ellies Dead Aunt)||Patty|
|TBA||Next Goal Wins||Post-production|
|1996||Queenie and Pete||Queenie|
|1998||Tiger Country||Faenza||Television Movie|
|1999–2000||The Life and Times of Te Tutu||Hine||Core Cast|
|2005||Ask Your Auntie||Panelist|
|2006||Maddigan's Quest||Goneril||Core Cast|
|2011||Super City||Roimata||Season 1|
|2013||The Blue Rose||Tina||3 Episodes|
|2014||Hope and Wire||Joycie Waru||Mini-Series|
|2015||Find Me a Māori Bride||Kuini||Season 1|
|2018||The New Legends of Monkey||Monica||Season 1|
|2019||The Lion Guard||Mama Binturong||Voice role; 6 episodes|
|2020||Stateless||Harriet||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|1994||Tales of the Pacific||Various||Pacific Underground Theatre|
|By Degrees||Donna||Auckland Theatre Company|
|Savage Hearts – Manawa Taua||Various||Theatre at Large|
|1995||Risky Risque||Baby||Bats Theatre|
|Nga Pou Wahine||Various||New Zealand Tour|
|Five Angels||Carol/Api||Centrepoint Theatre|
|1996||Waiora||America||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|Waitapu||Jackie||New Zealand & Canadian Tour|
|King Lear||Cordelia/Various||Theatre at Large|
|1997||Waiora||America||New Zealand & UK Tour|
|Alice in Wonderland||Various||Bruce Mason Centre|
|Nga Pou Wahine||New Zealand & Sydney – Australia Tour|
|1998||Beauty and the Beast||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|2000||Serial Killers||Simone||Circa Theatre|
|Woman Far Walking||Tiriti||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|2001||New Zealand & Hawaiian Tour|
|2002||The World's Wife||Various||New Zealand International Festival of the Arts|
|The Bellbird||Tapairu||Auckland Theatre Company|
|South Pacific||Bloody Mary||Court Theatre|
|An Enemy of the People|
|The World's Wife||Various||New Zealand Tour|
|2010||The Vagina Monologues||The Basement Theatre|
|2013||White Rabbit, Red Rabbit||Nassim||Silo Theatre|
|2001||Have Car Will Travel||Taki Rua|
|2005||The Mercy Seat|
|Hinepau||Capital E National Theatre for Children|
|2006–2007||Frangipani Perfume||New Zealand; Brisbane, Australia; Cambridge, U.K|
|2007||Wild Dogs Under My Skirt||Auckland Festival|
|2009||Flintlock Musket||STAMP at THE EDGE|
|2012||The Māori Troilus and Cressida||Globe Theatre|
|2013||Hui||Auckland Arts Festival & Silo Theatre|
|Don Ioane||Pacific Institute of Performing Arts|
|1995||Chapman Tripp Theatre Award||Most Promising Female Newcomer||Nga Pou Wahine||Won|
|1996||Best Supporting Actress||King Lear||Nominated|
|2001||Director of the Year||Have Car Will Travel||Won|
|New Zealand Listener Award||Best Director||Won|
|2002||Chapman Tripp Theatre Award||Outstanding Performance||Woman Far Walking||Won|
|2003||Best Supporting Actress||An Enemy of the People||Won|
|2010||Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress||Boy||Won|
|2012||Chapman Tripp Theatre Award||Director of the Year||The Māori Troilus and Cressida||Won|
|2012||New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Award||Won|
|2016||WIFT NZ Mana Wāhine Award||Won|
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- "Theatre Aotearoa". tadb.otago.ac.nz. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
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- "Interview: Moana's Rachel House on Marginalized Voices in Hollywood and the Need for More Female Directors". www.themarysue.com.
- Christian, Dionne (11 June 2016). "Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Rachel House on her new project". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- "WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Awards for 2016". www.wiftnz.org.nz. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- "Queen's Birthday honours list 2017". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.