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

US Accent Workshop With Leith McPherson

20 Feb 2017
18:30:00 -  21:30:00
There are no tickets available for this event

Event description:

This is an opportunity to spend three hours working on your US accent with Leith McPherson.

Bio of host:
Newly appointed Head of Voice and Movement for the Theatre Department at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Leith McPherson has worked as a voice, dialect and acting teacher at drama schools in Australia and the UK, and as a coach to theatre, film and television productions for the last twenty years. A graduate of the Voice Studies course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Leith coaches leading film and theatre actors in the US, UK, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Her film work includes movies by Fred Schepsi, Roland Joffe and Alex Proyas, and four years in New Zealand as Dialect Coach on the Hobbit trilogy of films directed by Sir Peter Jackson. Leith has worked as Voice and Dialect Coach on more than forty professional plays and musicals including shows for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Opera Australia and the Royal Shakespeare Company, has assistant directed productions of Hamlet and Richard III at the MTC and is working as Associate Director on the 2017 Queensland Theatre production of Noises Off.



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