Rachel House (47)
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Born in Auckland, New Zealand

Rachel House (born 1971, Auckland) is a New Zealand actress and director. Of Scottish and Māori descent (Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mutunga), she grew up in Kamo, Northland Region. 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 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 2002 (Most Outstanding Performance) for Witi Ihimaera's critically acclaimed Woman Far Walking (in which she played the key role of Tiriti an 160 year old woman) and 2003 (Best Supporting Actress) in Henrik Ibsens An Enemy of the People. She has acted in several major productions at the International Festival of the arts in Wellington that have toured both nationally and internationally including Hone Kouka's Waiora, Carol Anne Duffy's The Worlds Wife and the UK/NZ 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 Prestons 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".

She was also the acting coach for the young actors on the award winning Boy, and soon to be released films Everything we Loved and Genesis starring Cliff Curtis.

House has directed several theatrical performances, winning the 2001 Director of the Year awards 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. 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 directing work includes the award winning production of Hinepau which House also co-adapted from Gavin Bishops original book and toured both nationally and internationally, Neil La Butes Mercy Seat and Hui a new work by long time collaborator Mitch Tawhi Thomas that premiered at the Auckland International Festival in 2013.

House attended the Prague Film School in the Republic of Czech in 2007 to 2008. Her first film The Winter Boy written by Kylie Thompson was filmed in Napier, NZ and shot by acclaimed Cinematographer Leon Narby. The film screened in New Zealand International Film Festival, International de Films de Femmes Creteil, France, Rhode Island Film Festival, USA, Kyoto Children’s Film Festival, Japan, All Roads Film Festival, USA, Saint Tropez Festival, France, Hawaii International Film Festival, USA and the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, USA.

In 2012 House was made a NZ Art's Laureate given as an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth.

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