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

Improv Workshop With US Based Improv Expert Rob Reese

29 Jun 2013
10:00:00 -  15:00:00
The registration period is from 11 Jun 2013 09:00:00 to 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00

Event description:

“…They just left the camera running. Being able to improv is an important part of an actor’s tool kit now…”

Being able to do improv is a key tool for actors and NZ Equity members have a fantastic opportunity to work with New York based improv expert Rob Reece on Saturday 29 June in Auckland.

Rob will host a five hour Cross-Referenced Improvisation workshop focusing on the strengths of “Chicago Style” improvisation for “Theatresports” influenced performers.   Strong scenic improvisational training has proven beneficial to artists of all disciplines. The ‘cross training’ effect of this work proves beneficial in strengthening the level of commitment while expanding the potential for creative freedom.

Rob will work with attendees and focus on the following:

             Warm ups, ‘getting to know you’ exercises, general comfort & freedom building.

             Discussion of styles, structures and “rules of improvisation”

             Exercises and techniques towards “Chicago style” scenework

             Participants will perform series’ of scenes with notes and feedback.

             Exercises and techniques towards a simple Harold style longform.

             Participants will perform simple Harold style longforms with notes and feedback.

The structure of the workshop itself will vary depending on the strengths, interests and needs of the workshop participants.



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