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

Improvisation Workshop With Bridget Boyle

12 Aug 2019
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 24 Jul 2019 09:00:00 to 10 Aug 2019 22:00:00

Event description:

Saying Yes: An introduction to improvisation and play on stage. Combining methodologies from Keith Johnstone, John Wright and Mike Leigh, this super-physical workshop will guide you through following playful impulses onstage. We’ll look at creating and deepening engagement with characters and building simple scenarios through improvisation.

Bio of host:
Dr. Bridget Boyle is a co-founder of debase productions. She has worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher, having studied with Philippe Gaulier in 2001. With debase productions she has been involved in the creation (writing, directing and performance) of many new works, including The Longest Minute (co-production with Queensland Theatre and JUTE), co-winner of Best Mainstage Production Matilda Awards 2018. Other works include Hurry up and Wait (with Liz Skitch), originally commissioned by Queensland Theatre which toured Japan in a co-production with Kazenoko Theatre Company in 2012, The Furze Family Variety Hour, which she wrote and directed and which was staged as part of the Brisbane Festival in 2014 and Lily Can’t Sleep (with Liz Skitch and David Megarrity), also commissioned by Queensland Theatre which toured Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Queensland after a premier season in QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival. With David Megarrity, she performs in Warmwaters, a musical comedy duo (Brisbane Cabaret Festival 2015-16, RPAC, Artsworx, Riverways Theatre, JWCOCA and QPAC). For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For someone productions at La Boite, she performed in He Died with a Felafel in his Hand. In 2005 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Debase productions won the 2018 Gold Matilda award for special contribution to Queensland Theatre. She has taught into the Acting and Drama programs at Queensland University of Technology over many years, specializing in acting and performance making. Her doctoral thesis, which focused on gender and physical comedy, received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award from QUT in 2015.

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