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

US Accent Workshop With Natasha McNamara

23 Feb 2015
18:00:00 -  20:00:00
The registration period is from 04 Feb 2015 09:00:00 to 16 Feb 2015 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to refresh your US accent with US accent coach, Natasha McNamara.

Bio of Host
Natasha is a Performing Arts graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a graduate of NIDA Voice Studies. She has worked extensively as a voice coach in theatre and film, where her keen ear makes her a valuable asset to actors and directors seeking authenticity. Natasha believes theatre is a live creature and strives to stay current with her art form and to make the text truthful and relevant for a modern actor or presenter. She has worked with vocal gurus Cicely Berry and Barbara Houseman and forum theatre legend, Augusto Boal whose techniques she utilises in a lot of her teachings. Most recently she travelled to LA to work with Patsy Rodenberg. Natasha teaches masterclasses for Actors Equity specialising in accent coaching. Her corporate clients range from celebrities to zoo keepers to politicians, business men and women and up and coming young soap stars... Natasha is a regular NIDA Open Program tutor and NIDA corporate trainer.  Her theatre credits as a voice coach include Julius Caesar (Bell Shakespeare) The Brothers Size, New Electric Ballroom (Griffin Theatre) Medea (Belvoir) Skylight, Red, Circle Mirror Transformation, Becky Shaw, Great Falls, Liberty Equality Fraternity (Ensemble). Her work in film includes coaching for Camp, Tomorrow When the War Began, Wish You Were Here, The Devils Playground (TV series) and The Water Diviner. Many of her private students have gone on to work in film and TV gaining roles in popular shows such as Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers and Home and Away.



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