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

Chekhov Masterclass With Adam Cook

14 Sep 2013
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 22 Aug 2013 09:00:00 to 04 Sep 2013 22:00:00

Event description:

Spend a day workshopping Chekhov with an intense investigation of the work with a close study of his characters and scenes. Special emphasis on the tension between text and subtext, between what the words that are spoken and the thoughts and feelings that are suppressed. This is for experienced actors. Spaces limited to ensure that all have an opportunity to work on scenes.

For experienced actors: Experienced actors are actors who have completed a three year acting degree course or have had three years professional work.

Bio of host:

Graduating from the NIDA Directors Course in 1988, Adam Cook has since directed over 100 productions across Australia, London, Canada and the United States, for the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane Festivals, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble, Sydney Opera House Trust, NIDA, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, La Boite, Q Theatre, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Opera Australia, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare, OzOpera, Playbox, Festival of the Dreaming, Windmill Performing Arts, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, City of London Festival and the Barbican International Theatre Event (BITE).  Adam was Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia for 2005-2012. His directing credits for the Company included The Ham Funeral, The Glass Menagerie, Three Sisters, November, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Price, King Lear, Mnemonic, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Architektin, Blue/Orange, LyreBird: Tales of Helpmann, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Life x 3, Noises Off, The Government Inspector, Crow, The Shifting Heart and The Daylight Atheist. Most recently he directed The Motherf*cker with the Hat for Workhorse Theatre Company and Freud’s Last Session at the Theatre Royal. His hit production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged is touring nationally in the second half of 2013, after which he will direct Much Ado About Nothing for Sport for Jove.



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