The Equity Professional Program

The Equity Foundation hosts more than 100 events a year throughout Australia and New Zealand. The program is developed in close collaboration with performers.

The Equity Foundation's masterclasses are designed to address our members’ need for ongoing professional development and provide rare opportunities to work with leading directors, coaches and casting agents.
Our workshop series is an opportunity to work on specifics, such as acting for the camera, comedy, dancing, voiceovers and accents. Up to 10 members work over a two-hour period with an expert in their field.
In Conversation
As part of the foundation’s In Conversation series, performers are given the opportunity to attend an intimate question and answer session with leading international actors and directors. Sir Ian McKellen, Richard E Grant, Sam Neill, and Cate Blanchett are among those who have participated in the In Conversation events.
Casting Hothouse 
Each year the Equity Foundation hosts a Casting Hothouse, which gives performers a unique opportunity to work with international casting agents, such as CBS TV Studios’ vice president of casting Matt Skrobalak and US feature film casting director Margery Simkin.
Student Days
We know how difficult it can be getting a toehold in the entertainment industry, so each year the Equity Foundation holds an industry day designed to provide graduates with important information and tools to help them on their way to a successful performance career.

Events Program

American Dialect Masterclass With Bruce Shapiro

15 Jul 2013
09:30:00 -  16:30:00
There are no tickets available for this event

Event description:

The focus of the day would be on acting in an American accent, addressing problems with the dialect that crop up in the actual process of acting (as opposed to a purely dialect workshop.) Actors may bring their own scripts--scenes on which they are currently working or audition speeches or, workshop texts can be supplied. Also, given that improvisation in the dialect is equally as important as text work a significant portion of the day will be allocated to improvisational work.

The day will consist of: a warm-up and technical review of the dialect; text and scene work: stage;. text and scene work; film/television and improvisation.

Please note this is for actors who are already proficient in the American dialect.

Bio of host:
Dr. Bruce G. Shapiro was born in January 1953 and raised in West Hollywood, California. He began work as a child actor appearing in several plays, including the U.S. West Coast Premiere of Bertolt Brecht's The Private Life of the Master Race. He later studied acting with Lee Strasberg. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, Schools of Theatre and Critical Studies; a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Directing from the University of Iowa, and an American College Theatre Festival commendation in acting for the title role in Lee Blessing's The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid. He completed a PhD in Drama at the Centre for Innovation in the Arts, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

He has been a guest director and professor at many universities and theatre conservatories. At Tufts University, he wrote and directed the only authorized stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale, 1990 and published Divine Madness and the Absurd Paradox: Ibsen's Peer Gynt and the Philosophy of Kierkegaard (Greenwood Press, 1990).

He served as Head of Performance and Acting at the School of Drama of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and Senior Lecturer in charge of Acting and Directing at the Australian Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Queensland, Australia. His second book Reinventing Drama: Acting, Iconicity, Performance was published in 1999 (Greenwood Press). Dr. Shapiro established the American Drama and Dialect Consultancy in 1997, and wrote his third book, Speaking American: the Australian Actor's Guide to an American Dialect with CD (Currency Press, the Australian Performing Arts Publisher, in 2000, rev. 2008.)

He has coached approximately 40 major motion picture and television productions including, The Pacific (HBO) and new 3D productions of The Great Gatsby and Walking with Dinosaurs. He was a Visiting Specialist Associate Professor of Drama and English at Shu-te University in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan (2008-2010), where he wrote, produced and directed the English play Festival of the Gods. He currently lives in Australia and Taiwan, where he is working on his fourth book about language acquisition and performance.



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