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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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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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

Actors And Auditioning With Peter Hill (Psychotherapist) And Hew Parham

27 Mar 2019
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 06 Mar 2019 09:00:00 to 27 Mar 2019 22:00:00

Event description:

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on their experiences with auditioning and performing. Peter will provide a structure based around general mental wellness that can be adapted to performer’s experiences. The focus is on creating a safe space to reflect and structure to facilitate change towards learning and developing confidence, compassion, personal identity and a stronger support network.

Bio of hosts:

Peter Hill graduated from Flinders University where he completed a degree in Biological Science and Human Nutrition in 1987. He has spent many years working in a range of public and private settings to promote health and wellness. He graduated as a psychotherapist from the Psychospiritual Development Centre in Adelaide in 2003. Peter specialised in emotional eating and with his client’s focuses on steps to overcome the debilitating impact that perfectionism, low self esteem and self criticism have on people with disordered eating. His approach provides people with the insight and tools to manage their inner turmoil whilst optimising their potential to achieve a creative relationship with themselves and food. Peter continued to work in a variety of health promotion settings such as Pediatric Dietician at GP Plus Noarlunga, Clinical Dietician at Glenside amongst others, with a focus on optimising individuals mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Peter has also extensively trained in a wide variety of emotion focused therapies such as Attachment Theory and Marte Meo. Peter has also been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 16 years with a private practice in Fullarton. A keen golfer himself, in 2017 Peter completed a certificate in Golf Psychology Coaching. Inspired by the results he was having with golfers, Peter since then has turned his focus onto facilitating people in other high pressure sports or jobs such as rock climbers, actors and businness CEO's to maximize their performance. His approach incorporates a practice model that allows people to optimise their performance by learning to maintain a dynamic connection to their emotional experiences. Qualifications: BSc., B Nut & Diet., Dip Psychotherapy, Certificate Golf Psychology Coaching.

Hew Parham is a graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre, Adelaide Australia. In 2007 Hew was the recipient of the Neil Curnow Award where he studied at The Hunter Gates Academy of Physical Theatre one-year program in Canada. Hew has also extensively trained and mentored in the in the Pochinko Clowning/Clown through Mask Method with John Turner at The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance (MCCP). In 2009 Hew returned to Manitoulin Island where he undertook a three-month mentorship to further his skills with Turner. In 2013 Hew received a grant from Arts SA to work with British Physical Comedy troupe Spymonkey in London, England. Hew has developed several solo shows with his comedic characters – including Odyssey Schmodyssey which played at the Sanguenay Fringe Festival in Quebec, Canada as well as the Amuse Bouche New York Clown Theatre Festival; The Giovanni Experiment and Giovanni! which also played at the New York Clown Theatre Festival in September 2014 and more recently at The Wonderland Festival in Brisbane, Australia. In 2016 Hew was commissioned to produce a new work at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival Rudi’s The Rinse Cycle. In 2017 Hew was employed by Melbourne based company Bunk Puppets to tour their show Sticks Stones Broken Bones to Norway, Germany and China. Hew won the 2004 Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Spoken Word Performance for Pounding Nails into the Floor with My Forehead, other credits includes: The Tension of Opposites (Capture The Flag Collective/Adhocracy); Me and My Shadow (Patch Theatre Company); Superheroes (Stone/Castro); Gorge (Brink Productions); Big Smoke (Riverland Youth Theatre Company); Boo! (Windmill Performing Arts); Berlin Cabaret (Weimar Productions); Significant Others (Oddbodies); Tomfoolery (Loaded Productions); and Don’s Party (Holden Street Theatre). Hew has also directed Light Minded (AC Arts); The Good Doctor (Accidental Productions); The Little Blue Parcel and Mouth Music (Tutti Arts) and devised the performance No Strings versus Godzilla with No Strings Theatre of Disability. He is the resident Clown teacher at Flinders University.

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