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

Unlocking Shakespeare With Rob Pensalfini

16 Nov 2016
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 25 Oct 2016 09:00:00 to 12 Nov 2016 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to unlock and demystify Shakespeare with Rob Pensalfini who will give guidance, support and direction about how to work on the text and language. This is aimed at actors who can feel a bit intimidated by or are unfamiliar with Shakespeare. Please note that each participant will need to choose one speech and learn it by heart. Successful applicants will be sent a selection of short scenes to choose from.

Bio of host:

Rob Pensalfini is the Artistic Director of the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, which celebrates its fifteenth birthday this year. He has directed numerous Shakespeare plays including Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Comedy of Errors. He is also the founder of the Shakespeare Prison Project, Australia’s first and only ongoing Prison Shakespeare project, for which he has directed prisoners in performances of Shakespeare plays including The Tempest, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar. He has also written a book about Prison Shakespeare around the world, published earlier this year by Palgrave. Rob has performed in close to thirty Shakespeare roles in the last twenty years, including Prospero, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, and Richard III. Rob is also an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Drama at the University of Queensland, and works with communities in the Northern Territory, describing and analysing indigenous languages.



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