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

Casting Director Roundtables

26 Oct 2014 -  27 Oct 2014
09:30:00 -  16:30:00
The registration period is from 30 Aug 2014 09:00:00 to 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00

Event description:

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Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to demystify the casting process and ask all the things you don’t have the time to ask when you meet the casting director for an audition.  

Topics could include…how to prepare, accents to use, self- testing, major audition dos and don’ts or any other burning questions you may have.

Casting Directors to be announced! Stay tuned!

This event is only for Equity members who have purchased a two-day ticket to the conference.

How it will work:

Roundtable discussions are opportunities for performers to meet casting directors in a relaxed and informal environment and ask questions and have an exchange of opinion.  

Each roundtable will run for 45 minutes and will include 10 people per table plus a Casting Director.  

There will be morning and afternoon sessions on Sunday October 26 and Monday October 27 at the Sydney Theatre, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

Please note this is not an audition or an opportunity to pitch yourself. It is a discussion based information session and not project related.

Application process:

Once you have purchased a conference ticket you can register your interest in the roundtables on this web page.

To be eligible you must be a financial Equity member and have bought a two-day pass to Equity 75: A Summit of Creativity and Diversity.

In the lead up to the conference the Equity Foundation will run a ballot and contact successful applicants about how they lock in their Roundtable time.

Please note:

The Equity Foundation will do its best to place everyone who registers their interest however we cannot guarantee all applicants a spot on the round tables.

There will be approximately 60 places available over the two-days.

Buying a two-day conference pass DOES NOT guarantee access to a Roundtable.
Successful applicants will only be able to attend one Roundtable. Equity cannot guarantee your first preferred Roundtable will be available.

Two ballots will be drawn – the first ballot will be drawn from those who purchased an Early Bird Ticket.


Equity strives for diversity to be celebrated

The Equity Foundation recognises the diversity of the Australian performer community and seeks to encourage a more realistic representation of Australian society on our stages and screens. To this end the Equity Foundation strongly encourages applications from performers of varied experiences, perspectives and circumstances including performers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and performers with disabilities.





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