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

A Guide To Crowdfunding With Tom Dawkins

12 Aug 2014
18:30:00 -  20:30:00
There are no tickets available for this event

Event description:

Crowdfunding is the buzziest buzz word in fundraising today. But what does it really mean and how can you take advantage of it to fuel your projects? This presentation by co-founder of crowdfunding site Tom Dawkins will introduce participants to both the theory and practice of crowdfunding, dispelling misconceptions and giving attendees the knowledge they need to utilise this new fundraising form to make things happen. There will be plenty of time for Q & A afterwards.

Bio of host:

Tom Dawkins is Co-Founder and CEO of, a crowdfunding platform for social good projects, and Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. He was previously founder and CEO of Australian youth non-profit Vibewire and the first Social Media Director at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Tom has consulted with numerous nonprofits, associations and governments on how to better engage their communities using social technologies.




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