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.

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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.
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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.
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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

Unarmed Stage Combat Class With Fight Master Kyle Rowling

24 Jul 2017
18:00:00 -  21:00:00

Event description:

Over the span of this three-hour class you will learn: grappling, striking-punching & kicking, falling, footwork and movement, that will not only keep you physically safe, but make you look absolutely “Bad-Ass” at the same time. You will also get an insight into Kyle’s own unique acting system, born from a lifetime of study, that will teach you techniques that are safe, easy to learn and that you can apply to your performance instantly. This will help you to create and maintain correct character whilst in the midst of fast-paced action. Remember: “Not every character is a fighter. But every character is a ‘warrior’ of some kind. You just need to work out ‘what is their war, and what is their weapon’.There is no doubt that at least a basic understanding of Stage Combat these days is a vital part of any actor’s repertoire. All you have to do is look at our industry at large and you will see that not only is the action genre as strong as ever, it is evolving to be bigger and badder than ever before. Complex fighting skills for stage and screen can take years to develop, but a basic understanding of concepts, philosophies and techniques is easily within your grasp. But most of all you should know your ‘rights for a safe work place’ on any stage or set.Kyle Rowling is one of Australia’s and the world’s, most experienced, skilled and respected Fight Masters. He is the President of The Australian Stage Combat Association, and the Director of The Action Acting Academy (Australia’s only fulltime action hero training centre).

The Equity Foundation sincerely thanks The Action Acting Academy (AAA), and The Australian Stage Combat Association (ASCA) for their support of this workshop.

Bio of host:
Kyle Rowling is an Australian actor with high-level specialist screen combat techniques. He has studied acting and martial arts since 1978 and is one of the world’s most respected Stage Combat Instructors and Fight Directors. Kyle has worked in film, television and theatre productions as both an actor and Fight Director. In theatre he has hundreds of credits. In film he was the Assistant Sword Master for Star Wars: Episode’s 2 & 3, and during that time his duties included training actors including Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christiansen, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee. He was also Christopher Lee’s fight double for both films as well as the movement and fight double for the General Grievous character, among others including playing a Jedi Knight named Joclad Danva. Kyle was Eric Bana’s personal weapon’s trainer for Troy, and the edged weapon’s specialist for Wanted, where he was responsible for training James McEvoy, whilst also doubling the ‘Butcher’ character for his fight scenes in this film. Most recently Kyle was the Fight Director for the Australian feature film Infini. As an actor, Kyle has worked for many independent theatre companies in Sydney and overseas, including several times for Sydney Theatre Company. He is one of the founding directors of the Sydney Shakespeare company Bard on the Beach. He has performed on Australian television and also starred in the Starz production Spartacus: Blood & Sand. In 2014 Kyle spent seven months in Wales, UK, as the Assistant Stunt Coordinator on the Starz production’s final season of Da Vinci’s Demons, once again his primary duties were choreographing the sword and fists fights for the show, training the actors and doubling several actors for their fight scenes, and assisting Stunt Coordinator Nick Gillard in all aspects including, high falls and full body burns. Kyle is a seasoned actor, director and certified Fight Master with a very specialized and extensive skill set with decades of on set experience. He is dedicated to the continued growth and evolution of the art of Stage Combat world wide.

The Equity Foundation thanks the VCA for their generous support of this event. 
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