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

Exploring Wilde And Shaw With Macolm Sinclair

17 Oct 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00

Event description:

This masterclass is for experienced actors* 

Wilde. Shaw. Both Irish comic moralists, the moral lessons being as equally important as the comedy, and equally enjoyable because of the comedy.The workshop will concentrate on Shaw, with Wilde as a substantial appetiser, unsurprisingly as Shaw wrote over ten times as much. And Shaw is more of a technical challenge to modern actors in a way that Wilde is not. There are many more dull, dreary productions of Shaw than there are of Wilde, I would say. Perhaps Wilde's acid wit seems more accessible to us now than Shaw's intellectual flamboyance and ferocious energy. We'll find out if there is any truth in that during our day together. Plays to include Wilde's A Woman of No Importance and The Importance of being Earnest, and Shaw's Pygmalion, The Doctor's Dilemma, Heartbreak House and Arms and the Man. The latter play is currently playing in town, and has opened to terrific reviews.  All their characters love to talk, so be prepared to follow their example.

(*Those who have completed a three year acting degree or who have had at least three years full time acting exerience.)

Bio of Host:

Malcolm Sinclair has been an actor in the UK for almost forty years. He has been a major player at the National Theatre, appearing in a whole variety of work. He has premiered work by Alan Ayckbourn and David Hare, and frequently been directed by both authors. He has also starred in the plays of Noel Coward, Alan Bennett, Joe Orton, Peter Nicholls and Simon Gray. He's had a long television career, including 5 series of Pie in the Sky. His films include Casino Royale and V for Vendetta. He is President of Equity UK.

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