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

Colouring The Voice With Jennifer White

18 Jul 2016
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 20 Jun 2016 09:00:00 to 08 Jul 2016 22:00:00

Event description:

‘Colouring the Voice’ is a three-hour workshop for professional actors who are keen to explore new vocal deliveries and character options.

So often these days, modern actors can get stuck in vocal habits, patterns and deliveries and find it difficult to break or change those. As a dialect and voice coach, I often hear professional actors using a limited range of sounds when they have a whole orchestra of options within their voice and body. Playing with our voice and delivery is a crucial way to be flexible as performers, expand our skills and character range, and to open up further opportunities for castings.  In this workshop, we’ll explore a range of vocal and physical exercises using contemporary and classic texts. Actors are also asked to bring a 2-3 minute monologue of their own choosing to be explored in their natural voice (no added dialects please). Participants will need to type up the monologue in size 14 font with double spacing, bring 2 printed copies, and a notebook and pen. The piece does not need to be learned in advance, as we’ll explore it together in a variety of ways, so simply choose a piece you like and be ready to have fun with it.

Bio of host:

Jennifer White is a leading Dialect and Voice Coach based in Sydney and working on Australian and international film, television, theatre, musical theatre and cabaret productions, voice-overs and live events. Her work has seen her coach for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Belvoir; on projects directed by Clint Eastwood, Alex Proyas, Steven Soderbergh, Rachel Perkins, Gale Edwards, Peter Andrikidis and Brendan Cowell; on leading touring musicals; and as the Foreign Languages Coach for the Netball World Cup’s Opening Ceremony National Anthems. Acclaimed in the performing arts industry for helping to bring out the very best in professional actors and singers, Jennifer also teaches voice, dialects and text at NIDA to the full-time Acting, Directing, Voice and Music Theatre students. Her work has seen her coach performers to speak or sing in over 50 dialects and 18 languages.



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