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

The Michael Checkhov Method With Bethany Caputo

27 Apr 2017
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 03 Apr 2017 09:00:00 to 20 Apr 2017 22:00:00

Event description:

Michael Chekhov was an actor who utilised his very rich imagination and incredible facility with his body to create memorable, meaningful theatre. He also worked quite diligently to try to share his methods of discovery with his fellow actor. Because of his dedication to the art of acting, we now have many practices that we can engage in that help us to also challenge, expand, and utilize the imagination, as well as practices that can help us mine, hone, and bring forth the intelligence of the body. All of this in service of richer, bolder, more artistic and at the same time, more truthful acting.

In this evening introductory workshop, you will begin working with some of Chekhov's tools, teasing out your imagination and exercising your body's ability to play and explore the vast offerings from the world of images. If you have a piece of text, even just five lines, that you know quite well, something that can be moved around, shaped shifted, flipped upside down and you would still know the material, that would be helpful...but not necessary. Bring an open mind and an ability to move freely.

Clothing suggestion: Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in freely. Please wear soft soled shoes that do not restrict your movement in any way. Some people work barefoot. Working only in socks is not suggested as you may slip.

Bethany Caputo is in Australia to work with VCA music theatre students as part of the “Simplot Australia VCA Music Theatre Masterclass Program”. The Equity Foundation sincerely thanks Ms Caputo and the VCA for their support of this workshop.

Bio of host:
Bethany Caputo’s credits include Sue Bayliss in All My Sons with Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Almost Done, Reunion, and Dark Pony in “The Mamet Festival” at the Goodman Theatre, Louise in The Underpants at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Thomasina in Arcadia at the Court Theatre, Echo in Eleemosynary at Victory Gardens, and Annie O’Reilly in the premiere of Transference at the Mercury Theatre, directed by Jeff Lee. Other regional credits include the premiere of Shakespeare in Hollywood at Arena Stage, directed by Kyle Donnelly, Miss Y in The Stronger at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Corine in The Triumph of, and Suzette in Don’t Dress for Dinner, directed by John Tillenger. Ms. Caputo studied at the Moscow Art Theatre and The London Academy of Theatre and is on faculty at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City and with The Michael Chekhov Association. Ms Caputo also appeared in a documentary about the teachings of Michael Chekhov produced by the Michael Chekhov Association and partially funded by the National Endowment of the Arts.

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