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

US Accent Workshop With Paige Walker

24 Sep 2012
06:00:00 -  08:00:00

Event description:

This is a terrific opportunity to work on your US accent with Paige Walker.

About Paige Walkler

Paige began her study of the fine arts when she was 13 after being accepted to Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, one of the United States leading performing arts schools.
She performed in shows such as Sophisticated Ladies, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun and Anything Goes. Upon graduation, she continued her full time study at Jacksonville University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, adding directing to her portfolio of acting, voice and dance. She received critical acclaim for her roles as Kate in Taming of the Shrew and Lady in Orpheus Descending as well as the title role in Gigi and Fiona in Brigadoon. New York soon called and off she went to conquer The Big Apple. In New York, Paige worked with some amazing people throughout the industry like James Calleri (casting director for Playwrights Horizons, NYPD Blue, Ed and Monk) as well as renowned New York directors and casting directors Richard Scanlon, Angela Montelbano and Jimmy Bohr – performing in such shows as Detective Story, Look Back in Anger and The Bald Soprano. She also co-founded New Yorks The Working Group Theater Company. In 2000, Paige made the big move to Sydney where the company Outta the Box was founded. It was here that she launched her voice-over career with producers across the globe seeking her natural American accent. She is one of the 3 leads in the Southern Star animation The Sea Princesses which enjoyed for international release in 17 countries and airs in Australia on both The Seven Network andABC. Paige has also been involved in a myriad of ads, plays and films since being in Sydney.
At the Biz Of Showbiz, Paige specializes in The American Dialect for the performer. Her expertise has taken her from the film set to assisting during US castings through to private consultations. She is regularly called on for audition preparation for some of the most established actors in the country. Her 15 years of American Dialect coaching has lead her to teach at leading training institutes around the world such as Douglas Anderson School of Arts in the US, Sydney’s On Camera Connections and of course Outta The Box and The Biz Of Showbiz.
   

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