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

Masterclass With Brita McVeigh: Silence And Space

04 Jul 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 16 Jun 2015 23:59:00 to 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00

Event description:


Brita McVeigh will lead a Masterclass focusing on the fundamental importance of silence, space and repetition in preparation for a role. This one day process will be intensive and physical and will require some preparation from all participants. This is an advanced and intensive workshop for experienced actors wanting to reinvigorate their approach to how they prepare. It is designed for those who seek to work, or do work, on a transformative level. The preparation will require participants to have done some personal character preparation based on provided reading materials; script and character breakdown. "Brita does extraordinary work with actors. I can't recommend her highly enough. She's very gifted at helping people find and explore the true possibilities of what they can do." -Jessica Hobbs, director.

Bio of host:

Brita McVeigh has a cross disciplinary practise where she coaches established and emerging actors, directors, writers and producers in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. In less than a decade, Brita’s working methodology has contributed to the development of more than 122 feature film, short film, television and theatre projects. She works consistently as an acting coach both in person and via skype. She is a board member of Script to Screen NZ and an advisory board member of the Writer’s Lab Aotearoa, a residential feature film lab for screenwriters. Brita has been a mentor of the FilmUp Mentorship programme for the last two years working one on one with directors on how to strengthen their working approach with actors. She also helms the Script Development programme where she mentors producers and script editors seeking to deepen their working methodology with writers of film and television. Brita works using her own methodology crafted over 26 years of film industry experience and tailors her approach to the unique requirements of each individual and project. Brita’s primary gift is an intuition for finding the place inside the artist, or their story, that can transform the work. She is always interested in what is hidden and looking at how best to bring that into the light. For testimonials and further biographical information refer to:




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