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

Masterclass With US Acting Teacher Howard Fine TEST

21 Jul 2019
09:00:00 -  18:00:00
The registration period is from 07 May 2019 09:00:00 to 17 Jul 2019 22:00:00

Event description:

This is a unique opportunity for NZ Equity members to take part in a three-day masterclass with US acting teacher Howard Fine. Each full day of the program consists of a rigorous exploration of technique as Howard Fine works with an ensemble of actors on preselected scenes.

The first two days will have Howard working directly with actors and then the third day will be a day working with a selection of directors from the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ). This third day is being organized by DEGNZ for directors. Howard will work with the directors with the aim of assisting them to articulate their visions in a way that actors can execute. The same pairings and same scenes will be used for the three days. Successful applicants will need to commit to the three days.

Background and Preparation:
Before the Master Class, Howard will dedicate time to selecting and pairing an ensemble of actors, who will then rehearse and work on preselected scenes using the techniques outlined in Howard’s book, ‘Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft’. The ensemble will then work intensively with Howard work-shopping their scene in the public forum of the Master Class. This scene work acts as an entry point for actors and auditors to explore Howard’s technique, lessons and processes. For participants and auditors alike, the Masterclass represents not only a fantastic learning opportunity but also provides the best possible introduction into the work, techniques and ethos of The Studio.

Please note:
This class will be open to "Auditors" so any work the successful applicants do with Howard will be in front of a group of fellow industry members. All applicants will be required to submit a cv and photo in one PDF document so please have this ready for your application form.

 The Equity Foundation sincerely thanks the New Zealand Film Commission for their support of this masterclass.

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