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

Acting For Shakespeare With Director Ben Naylor (UK)

11 Mar 2017
10:00:00 -  18:00:00
The registration period is from 22 Feb 2017 09:00:00 to 02 Mar 2017 22:00:00

Event description:

A unique opportunity for 12 Equity members to unlock Shakespearean text through rigorous textual and dramatic analysis, while drawing on improvisation and play to liberate the actor’s body and imagination, with Central School of Speech and Drama tutor and theatre director Ben Naylor. His work concentrates on the psycho-dramatic structures the playwright embeds in his form and language, and on the intimate and truthful relationship between actor and audience.

All successful applicants need to prepare a scene with a partner from a Shakespearean play written after 1595, that is approximately five minutes long. The scene needs to be ready to work on the floor and off-book at the workshop. Equity will liaise with the successful applicants to pair them up prior to the masterclass.

*This masterclass is geared to the experienced actor who has either completed an acting degree or has worked professionally for at least three years. 

Bio of host:
Faculty member University of London, Central School of Speech and Drama. Studied at Durham University, Magdalen College Oxford, and Drama Centre London. Ben has taught acting at Shakespeare's Globe, the Shakespeare Centre, the Method Studio, LAMDA, ASAD, Cambridge University, Queen Mary and Westfield, Kingston University, Birkbeck College, at Berlin’s Forum fur Filmschauspiel, and in the US, New Zealand, Israel and Greece; he also currently teaches for Florida State University’s Theatre Academy London. He has led workshops and readings at Shakespeare's Globe, the Old Vic, Young Vic, King’s Head, Gatehouse, and the Salon des Arts; and was a founder member of the Young Vic Genesisprogramme and the Caird Company.

Our thanks to Ben Naylor and Pop Up Globe for their support of Equity New Zealand.

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