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

Casting Day With Amanda Rees

25 Nov 2017
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 23 Oct 2017 09:00:00 to 10 Nov 2017 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to spend a day with Casting Director, Amanda Rees. Up to 18 financial Equity members will work intensively with Amanda by doing a read through, recording takes and reviewing the footage and discussing the performance. All participants will be able to observe this process. Our sincere thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for their support.

Bio of host:
Amanda trained at Toi Whakaari graduating in 1990. She now works primarily as a casting director and theatre director, with only the occassional acting gig. Her skills as a theatre director come into play in the audition room as she is able to direct actors using a variety of techniques depending on what each individual actor needs or relates to most easily. Amanda started in casting as an assistant to Christina Asher in 1999 and then worked with Fiona Edgar as a co-casting director for several years before Fiona took time out to be a full time mother and to concentrate on her acting career. Working independently since 2003 Amanda primarily, but not exclusively, casts tvc’s, the breatd and butter for actors. Recent film castings include the short film Eleven (selected for Berlin Festival) and Erebus: Operation Overdue (doco drama – winner of four awards at the Documentary Edge Festival including Best Feature and Best Directing).


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