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

Casting Day With Barefoot Casting

12 Jun 2014
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 29 May 2014 00:00:00 to 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00

Event description:

Join Auckland based casting directors Mike and Matt Dwyer, Barefoot Casting and spend a full-day working on your casting skills. Up to twenty financial Equity members will work intensively with Mike and Matt. Each attendee will have a quick read through, then record a take and then review the footage and discuss the performance. All participants will be able to observe this process. Once the attendees have been finalised, scenes will be sent to learn for the day.

Our sincere thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for their support.

Bios of hosts:
Mike Dwyer has worked as a professional actor for 15 years and in the New Zealand casting industry since 2001. Matt Dwyer has been a professional actor for 12 years. He trained at Auckland’s Unitec Drama School (97-99) and gained a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts. He has worked in the New Zealand casting industry since 2002. Having the ability to work both in front of and behind the camera brings much insight into the on-screen acting process for both Matt and Mike. Their credits include: Genesis, Camp, This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, One Giant Leap.




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