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This July the Equity Foundation and the Equity Diversity Committee, with major support from Screen Australia, will host Australia's first Diversity Showcase.

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Diverse performers, writers and directors will collaborate during a six-day program of morning workshops, discussions, professional development and rehearsals for a final showcase.

The one-night only showcase performance in Sydney will be attended by the key decision makers in Australian television and film - network executives, casting directors, agents, managers, directors, producers, writers and other industry professionals.

Participants in the Diversity Showcase will benefit from mentorships and further professional development for up to a year following the intensive program.

Calling all writers, directors and performers - Applications extended!
This is a national program and we welcome applications Australia-wide. Participants will be assisted with flights, accommodation, and per diems.

Writers can apply directly through the Australian Writers’ Guild website. Application deadline is May 18. Directors can apply through the Australian Directors’ Guild website. Application deadline is May 11. 

Performer please apply here after carefully reading the application instructions below. Applications for performers close May 18.

PLEASE NOTE: You may only apply only once as EITHER as a performer, writer or director. 

The application process for performers
Applications will be uploaded via a dedicated Showcast application portal.

To be eligible to apply, performers must:
•Be at least 18 years old.
•Be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
•Be a member of an underrepresented group according to Screen Australia’s 2016 “Seeing Ourselves" report. This includes people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, LQBTQI, gender non-binary, First Nations, Deaf, and/or with a disability.
•Applicants do not need to be MEAA Equity members to apply, but they must be willing to become members if selected.

You will be required to submit:
1.A Self-Test video. Please choose one of the scripts provided on Showcast. Upload a video of one take, performing one character, from one script.
2.A headshot and a CV of past experience (the type, role, production), and/or training (organisation / director / coach) that you have had. Please do not use acronyms, as the selection panel may not have heard of the organisations you may have performed or trained with. Please also list whether you are represented by an agent (this is not necessary to be considered).
3.Whether you identify as being First Nations, from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, LGBTQI, gender non-binary, Deaf, and/or with a disability. In addition, please let us know if you have any access requirements.

The selection process
Twenty finalists will be chosen by a selection panel. Finalists will be interviewed via teleconference, and a final group of 10 performers will be chosen for the Diversity Showcase. This is a national program, and we welcome applications Australia-wide.Participants will be assisted with flights, accommodation, and per diems.


Applications close May 18.

Screen Australia’s most significant study of diversity on Australian screens since television began – Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on diversity in Australian TV drama – surveyed the 1196 “main” characters portrayed in 199 Australian dramas broadcast on Australian television between 2011 and 2015.The report confirms that while Australians from non-European backgrounds make up 17% of the wider population, only 7% of TV drama roles can be broadly categorized as such. Similarly, people with disabilities make up 18% of the population but only 4% of characters. There is also an under-representation of LGBTQI characters (5%) when compared to the Australian population (11%) (Screen Australia, 2016).

For more information, please contact the Showcase Coordinator Sonia Mehrmand: 02 9333 0986

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