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 With Katherine Beck

21 May 2019
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 01 May 2019 09:00:00 to 13 May 2019 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to spend three hours refreshing your US accent. Katherine will concentrate on General American and successful applicants will be sent a scene to prepare in General American. All applicants must have previous training and/or experience in the American accent.

Bio of host:

Katherine is the co-founder and co-author of Hollywood Speak: The Australian Actor’s Resource Guide to Creating an Authentic American Accent. Born and raised in Chicago, Katherine is a native American accent speaker. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Film at Columbia College, studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University, the acting conservatory program at The Steven Ivcich Studio and improvisation at Second City and The Groundlings. In Australia she is a graduate in Voice Studies at Victorian College of the Arts. Katherine works regularly with actors as a voice and dialect coach. She has taught at The Actor’s Hub, The Actor’s Pulse, Screenwise and International Screen Academy. Katherine has also worked as a dialect coach for various theatre productions around Sydney. Katherine has served as the Dialect Coach on the feature films, The Scrying and Infini. As a seasoned voiceover actor, Katherine’s worked on Sea Princesses, series 1&2 (Southern Star), Zigby (Flying Bark), CJ the DJ (Kapow Pictures), Gasp!, Davincibles, Just Being Eve, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, Skinner Boys and Teenage Fairytale Dropouts (SLR). 

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