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

Practical Aesthetics With Melissa Bruder

10 Apr 2016
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 16 Mar 2016 09:00:00 to 01 Apr 2016 22:00:00

Event description:

Spend a day with Melissa Bruder, founder of Practical Aesthetics Australia, the official Sydney annex of the Atlantic Acting School in New York. This an opportunity for experienced actors to be introduced to Practical Aesethics. Melissa will work with actors on demystifying the process of acting, giving each actor an empowering set of analytical and physical tools. Participants will be required to memorise a short scene, which will then be used in class to learn the 4-step PA Script Analysis technique. We will also look at the Repetition Exercise (PA-style) as a way of staying spontaneous in the scene, and working off the other actor/actors. Together, these elements combine to allow the actor to bring the most relevant truth of him/herself, and to tell the story in the most free and compelling way possible.
*Please note that this masterclass will be pitched to experienced actors who have completed a three year acting degree or who have worked professionally as an actor for over three years.

Bio of host:
Melissa Bruder studied acting with David Mamet and William H. Macy and went on to become a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, alongside distinguished ensemble members including Felicity Huffman and Clark Gregg. She is co-author of A Practical Handbook for the Actor. She featured in numerous Atlantic Theater Company Mainstage productions, including David Mamet's adaptation of The Three Sisters and Howard Korder's Boys' Life at Lincoln Center Theater. She holds a BFA in Theater from New York University and is a graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory. Melissa has lived in Sydney since 1998, when she founded Practical Aesthetics Australia, the official Sydney annex of the Atlantic Acting School in New York. She runs regular workshops in the technique through PAA and works as a performance and dialect coach, both privately and on various film & tv projects, including: The Water Diviner (Feature), The Peter Allen Story/Not the Boy Next Door (Ch.7), Secrets and Lies (US Version), The Code (ABC), Killer Elite (Feature), The Devil's Playground, CAMP! (NBC/Matchbox), The Straits (ABC/Matchbox), My Place (Series 1 & 2, ABC/Matchbox). Melissa has also taught at AFTRS, leading workshops in Practical Aesthetics for the Graduate Directing Program with 3rd Year NIDA students.



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