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Elizabeth McRae honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Equity New Zealand is thrilled to announce that Elizabeth McRae is the recipient of the 2016 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Ryman Healthcare.

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Elizabeth McRae started her acting career in the 70s with a string of TV and film credits including "Terry and the Gunrunners", "Go Girls", "A Death in the Family" and "Rest for the Wicked". She is best known however for her role of receptionist Marjorie in the hit TV series "Shortland Street".

Work on Australia’s longest running TV show

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This year one lucky student Equity member in their final year of drama school will have the opportunity spend a week working alongside the cast and crew of Neighbours.

The one week internship will provide a unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of this hugley successful Australian television production and spend time with key cast members as well as the casting, wardrobe, scheduling, script, art make-up and editing departments.

Neighbours producer Natalie Lynch says: “Neighbours and FremantleMedia is thrilled to work with MEAA on this fantastic initiative and we can't wait to welcome the successful applicant to the show.”

 Applications have now closed.

Storyville needs you!

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whitney richards websiteWhitney Richards reads to primary school children as part of the Storyville program

Storyville is the Equity Foundation’s new literacy initiative, which harnesses the talent of performers to encourage children to read. Storyville targets schools with socio-economic disadvantage or where for a majority of students, English is a second language. Storyville is modelled on the hugely successful SAG-AFTRA Foundation BookPALS program in the U.S, where volunteer actors read to over 100, 000 children in schools, hospitals, libraries and social service agencies each month.

Casting Away the Clichés: Panel Discussion Livestream from LA

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Direct from Los Angeles, the Equity Foundation and the SAG AFTRA Foundation will present a panel discussion featuring leading actors and US casting executives. During this lively discussion we will hear about how – and why – some of the US’s largest commercial networks are attempting to foster casting diversity.  Are we keeping up in Australia and New Zealand? What practices can we borrow and adapt to ensure our huge pool of talent is being represented in a way that benefits actors, audiences and the industry?

Missed the livestream? you can watch it online here.

For LA-based, Australian and NZ actors who want to attend the event at 7pm LA time Tuesday April 12, go to the link and click RSVP  

There will be a box that says event open to non-members.  Enter the code “equity” and click continue. After that, they simply fill out the information, select  guest (if they are bringing any), agree to the rules and click RSVP.

Live stream the event using this link

Noon Sydney Wednesday April 13
2pm NZ Wednesday April 13

There are instructions for tweeting, on the livestream page but NZ and AUS members should put AUS or NZ within their tweet it will identify them so SAG can pull them out for question time.

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