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

US Accent Workshop - Getting Ready For Pilot Season With Anna McCrossin-Owen

14 Nov 2017
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 25 Oct 2017 09:00:00 to 08 Nov 2017 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to spend three hours refreshing your US accent in preparation for Pilot Season. Anna will concentrate on General American and successful applicants will need to bring a 1 min monologue and a 1 minute dialogue scene (with a copy for a partner) - both prepared in General American.

Bio of host:
Anna McCrossin-Owen is a Voice Coach specialising in voice technique, text skills & dialects in performance. She works internationally in film (Z for Zachariah, The Road) and television Pan Am (Sony Pictures, American Broadcasting Corporation). Students currently work in the US, UK and Canada. Locally Anna coaches in theatre (including a long standing relationship with Melbourne Theatre Company), television, film, music theatre, animation, voice over & in her private studio. Recent projects as Voice/Dialect Coach include- The Family Law- Series 1 & 2, The Kettering Incident, Last Five Years, Cliffy, Please Like Me, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd. Film- Winchester- Spearing Brothers and the Musical- The Bodyguard. Anna trains journalists in video presentation & voice over for on-line news for Fairfax Digital/The Age/Domain. She is currently Lecturer in Spoken Voice at the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Contemporary Music. A graduate of VCA herself, Anna acted & sang professionally for 25 years. As a Director credits include- Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet & A Comedy of Errors for Essential Theatre, Romeo & Juliet for Bravehearts at Australian Shakespeare Company, inthecompanyofpleasure's A Trilogy of Revolution for Melbourne Festival and solo, community, opera and musical projects. Anna has been honoured by the Victorian Green Room Association with a special award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Melbourne Stage.

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