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

High Stakes, High Stress: The Performer’s Mental Toolbox With Sarah Borg

26 Aug 2017
13:00:00 -  15:00:00
The registration period is from 24 Jul 2017 09:00:00 to 15 Mar 2018 22:00:00

Event description:

The day-to-day life of the actor can involve coping with slings and arrows from all directions. Being able to manage the stresses and mental roller coasters of our industry in helpful ways can be one step towards cultivating a sustainable and fulfilling career.

This workshop will explore stress in the life of the actor and aim to better understand how individual patterns might influence us for better or for worse. We will look at evidence-based and practical strategies for responding to stress in helpful and sustainable ways, and engage in mindfulness activities that are tailored for performers. We’ll also consider how to apply this work to creative processes, including character development and plot analysis work.

A joint initiative of the Equity Foundation and the newly founded Equity Wellness Committee (EWC), this workshop will be an opportunity to discuss the concepts of mental health and wellbeing in the life of the professional performer, and hear more about initiatives of the EWC. This event is free of charge for WA Equity members. Please ensure you register to attend if you intend to take part.

Bio of host:
Sarah's experience in the performance industry began with a bit of board treading at WAAPA (Acting, 2004) and Curtin University's Hayman Theatre. Then came further training with Song of the Goat Theatre in Poland and over a decade of performance work across stage and screen. While struggling to navigate the realities of being a working actor, Sarah began studying clinical psychology and found herself in the midst of a career shift. Now a registered psychologist, Sarah splits her time between working in community clinical mental health settings and her role as Principal Psychologist with Green Room Psychology. Sarah is also currently co-chair of MEAA’s Equity Wellness Committee. Some of Sarah’s favourite recent work includes exploring personality dysfunction with a theatre ensemble; advising on the psychology of trauma to help a specific character development prep; and supporting professional creatives to cultivate emotional safety in their performance processes.

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