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.

Masterclasses
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.
Workshops
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

Music Theatre Audition Masterclass With Queenie Van De Zandt

19 Sep 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00

Event description:

A masterclass about auditioning for musical theatre.  Spend a day working with  Australia's leading teacher of audition technique for musical theatre, Queenie van de Zandt. Please note this masterclass is for more experienced performers who have completed an accredited 2 or 3 year acting course or have had at least 3 years' professional work as a music theatre performer.  

Bio of host:
 
Queenie van de Zandt is well known for her incredible versatility as a performer having worked extensively in musical theatre, plays, cabaret, on television and film, and as a recording artist, comedienne and writer. She is considered to be one of the country's best musical theatre performers and Australia's leading teacher of audition technique for musical theatre, song performance and cabaret.

On television Queenie has worked on: Winners & Losers, Very Small Business; City Homicide, Da Kath & Kim Code; Let Loose Live; All Saints; Denton; Mornings with Kerri-Anne; Good Morning Australia; The Midday Show; The 7.30 Report and The Mick Molloy Show and in theatre she has worked for companies throughout Australia including STC, QTC, The Ensemble, La Boite and the Malthouse, in plays such as: Women of Troy; Face to Face; Rabbit Hole; Absent Friends; Abigail’s Party; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Barmaids; Caucasian Chalk Circle; Secret Bridesmaids' Business; The Vagina Monologues; The Road to the She-Devil’s Salon; Furious; and Speaking in Tongues.  Queenie has also had roles in the films: Scooby Doo - The Movie, Salem’s Lot, and played the leading role of Margo in the Aussie feature film Girl Clock.

However Queenie is still probably best known for her extensive work in musical theatre and cabaret. Queenie has played leading roles in hit musicals such as: Into the Woods; King Kong; Smoke & Mirrors; Oliver!; The Full Monty; Anything Goes; Cabaret; The Boy From Oz; Eureka – The Musical; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Hair; along with performing in such classic musicals as Les Misérables and The Threepenny Opera.

Queenie has been nominated for 12 major theatre awards for her work in musicals and cabaret, winning 3 times. In 2008 Queenie won the Jeffry Joynton-Smith Memorial Glug Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play and the AussieTheatre.com Award for Best Female Actor and in 1997 she won the MEAA A.C.T. Green Room Award. The many awards she has been nominated for include: 2014, 2009, 2008 and 2005 Green Room Awards; 2009 - Glug Award for Best Actress;  2007- 2 AussieTheatre.com Awards; a 2006 - Sydney Theatre Award; and a 2004 - Helpmann Award.  For the past 15 years Queenie has presented her Master Classes in audition technique for musical theatre around the country and she is writing a book on the subject.

Over the past 26 years of her career, she has been fortunate enough to work with some of Broadway and the West End’s greatest directors, musical directors and choreographers, and also some of Australia’s best performers such as Todd McKenney, John Waters, Paul Mecurio, Judi Connelli, Chrissy Amphlett, Georgie Parker, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley, Michael Veitch and Nancye Hayes and she is a well known and highly regarded artist within the musical theatre industry. She has held teaching positions in numerous performing arts schools, has been invited to conduct master classes and seminars throughout Australia and been approached to write musical theatre courses for several leading institutions. She has taught in the music department at NIDA, and has held teaching positions in the music theatre courses at VCA and BAAPA. She teaches both adults and children, professionals and amateurs, and many of the people who have studied with Queenie, have gained entry to acting schools and been cast in leading roles in musicals. Her workshops have a very high success rate with recently 1 out of the 4 children cast in the title role in Matilda,  3 out of the 10 children in the Sydney cast of Mary Poppins and 7 out of a cast of 24 children in the Brisbane season of Annie, having attended her show-specific audition preparation workshops.  She also currently has former adult students in every professional musical in Australia, with her former students playing lead roles in shows such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dirty Dancing, Les Miserables, Strictly Ballroom, Once, Hairspray, Rock of Ages!  Queenie has been a proud member of the MEAA since 1989.

 

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