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

In Conversation With Casting Director Amanda Mitchell

09 Jul 2018
18:00:00 -  19:30:00
The registration period is from 19 Jun 2018 09:00:00 to 02 Jul 2018 22:00:00

Event description:

This is an opportunity to discuss Amanda's past and current projects, the challenges and highlights of her career and what she has learnt along the way. Topics will include: what casting directors and directors look for, how decisions are made and things you need to know before the actual audition.

Bio of host:
Amanda was mentored by Christine King, one of Australia’s finest casting directors, during which time she worked on quality Australian films like The Dressmaker and Red Dog: True Blue. She has worked on hundreds of hours of both Australian and international television, including award-winning series' The Code (ABC) and Marco Polo (Netflix). Most recently she cast Pulse (ABC) - which was celebrated as one of the most diverse ensembles on Australia television, and for which she was peer-nominated as a CGA finalist for Best Casting in a Drama / Miniseries. She frequently performs consultancy work on international projects, such as Disney’s MULAN and HBO’s Sharp Objects, and regularly works with network NBC on key roles during pilot season. She has just completed casting on the Australian feature BACK OF THE NET (starring Disney’s Sofia Wylie), and the SBS miniseries The Ropes, produced by Helen Bowden (The Slap).

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