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 Dialect Workshop With Dr Melissa Agnew

20 May 2019
18:00:00 -  20:00:00
The registration period is from 01 May 2019 09:00:00 to 13 May 2019 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to spend two hours honing your General American Dialect with Voice, Speech and Dialect teacher/coach Melissa Agnew. Please note this is for experienced actors.

Bio of host:

With 35 years' experience as a voice teacher and coach, Melissa Agnew is one of Australia's most sought-after experts in her field. She consults on voice, speech and dialect in the theatre, broadcast, film and television industries, in the corporate sector and in education and academia. Melissa teaches voice, speech and dialect at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and holds a doctorate in Voice from The University of Sydney. Melissa has consulted on many productions at Queensland Theatre, including Death of a Salesman, The Wider Earth, Switzerland, The Glass Menagerie, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?. Melissa coaches newsreaders, radio and television journalists and presenters at the ABC, as well as commercial television and radio networks and private media organisations. Melissa's clients, both past and present, are prominent in the public eye (and ear) across Australia.

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