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 Daina Reid

25 Jul 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 25 Jun 2015 23:59:00 to 18 Jul 2015 00:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to spend a day with television and feature film director, Daina Reid. You will work on different texts and all actors will have the opportunity to workshop their scenes. Successful attendees will be sent scenes and will need to learn prior to the day.

*Please note this masterclass is for more experienced actors who have completed an accredited 2 or 3 year acting course or have had at least three years' professional experience as an actor.

Bio of host:
Director Daina Reid started her career in the film and television industry as a comedy writer and actor appearing alongside Eric Bana and Rachel Griffiths before making the move behind the camera. Over the last decade, she has cemented her position as one of Australia’s most sought-after directors of premium event television. Daina has no contemporaries in terms of her track record on consecutive programs with ratings all nudging the 3 million mark. Her work traverses the genres of crime, the supernatural, action and comedy.

She has been a frequent collaborator with award-winning producer John Edwards on projects including Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo (Southern Star/ABC) the story of journalist and editor Ita Buttrose and heir to Australia’s most powerful publishing family Kerry Packer who started Cleo magazine in 1972 and Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (Southern Star/Nine) which followed Packer’s rise to the most influential man in the history of Australian sport. Both mini-series received AACTA award nominations for Best Direction. Following the success of The Birth of Cleo, Daina directed the follow up Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, the story of the golden years of the glossies and the ‘battle’ waged by Nene King and Dulcie Boling to make their publication the number one in Australia.

Last year, she directed Nowhere Boys for Matchbox Pictures/NBCU. From the showrunner behind The Slap, Nowhere Boys is high-concept action-adventure series which follows four unlikely teenage boys forced together on a school excursion who get lost and spend a terrifying night in the forest caught in an unexpected and violent storm. After returning home, they find themselves in a world where they don’t exist and their families and friends don’t recognise them. Recently, Daina directed the mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS for the Seven Network and Shine Australia. Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS premiered to over 2.8 million viewers and is scheduled to air on Showtime in the US later this year.
Her latest project to screen is the two-part television mini-series adaptation of the award-winning historical novel The Secret River by Kate Grenville. The story, set in 1806, follows William Thornhill who is sentenced to New South Wales for life only to be drawn into a terrifying conflict that will leave a bloody and indelible stain on Australia’s history. Daina’s other television credits include Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring, Rush and City Homicide to name a few. Her first feature film, I Love You Too, about a commitment-phobe and a New Ager who buddy-up to win over the women of their respective dreams starred Yvonne Strahovski and Peter Dinklage.




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