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

Acting Masterclass With Juliet Furness

09 May 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 16 Apr 2015 09:00:00 to 11 May 2015 22:00:00

Event description:


Actor’s Equity Workshop-Having returned from a recent teaching stint in New York in January – where she previously lived for 17 years-she is excited to introduce the latest techniques in use there. Seth Barrish- Anne Hathaway’s Acting Coach and someone whom Juliet has worked with since meeting him in 1995 has this to say of her- “ She is clearly passionate about gathering craft and experience of the highest order possible to inform her acting and teaching”   Seth Barrish – New York City     These ideas are about eliminating the ‘Acting’ -supporting the idea of PLAY-the actor i contacting truthful emotional responses.. Living in the moment with 100 % of your humanity. It draws from many different traditions that Juliet connected with and used as an actress herself.

She also worked for Jeremiah Comey a prominent acting teacher in Los Angeles as his assistant coach. ‘ I watched you skillfully guide your students to draw out their talent. I can only compliment you on being an excellent teacher .”                                          --   Jeremiah Comey - (One of the premier acting coaches of Los Angeles )

For further info- or To confirm a place please contact Actor’s Equity NZ- The workshop is free to Equity members -so join now for $ 4 -weekly dues

To register on line- or contact Equity if you need to to join in order to be eligible



  • Bio of host:     


In 1992, Juliet left NZ on the invitation of Jeremiah Comey, a top LA acting coach (clients from Avatar, The Twilight Saga, Fight Club and Titanic) to be assistant tutor at his Film Acting studio in Los Angeles.  Just under a year later she moved to New York to investigate stage techniques. There she studied with many top industry professionals as well as forging her own career as an actress. She was lucky enough in 1995 to stumble upon Seth Barrish – Anne Hathaway’s private coach – whose methods she would return to again and again during the many years she lived there. Having spent a total of 17 years acting, studying and teaching in New York and LA, Juliet returned home to New Zealand with what she considers are acting methods that are among the best that the industry has to offer.  She has also taught private classes since arriving back in New Zealand and is thrilled to be able to see the ideas put to practical use. During the first 5 months of classes running she had three students under her tuition land roles on Shortland Street, one of which was a core cast.




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