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 Lynn Hegarty

29 Sep 2013
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 02 Sep 2013 09:00:00 to 18 Sep 2013 22:00:00

Event description:

This is a Masterclass for experienced actors* who want to improve their performance skills for the screen using a number of specific tools. Using scenes from recent TV and film, participants will focus on finding ways to use whatever is available to them in the short rehearsal and performance time available when acting for the screen. Ultimately the workshop will give each participant tools to achieve performances that they are thoroughly engaged in, energised by and ultimately satisfied by.

Topics that will be covered in the course of working on scenes in pairs are:

Knowing the show you're in; Getting the best out of your time with a Director on set;  What to do when things aren't working - ie: how to "Embrace The Struggle"; How to use the space - steps to physically find your character in a location or set; Risk and truth - you can't have one without the other;  Being present in the moment - the one tool you cannot do without

*Experienced actors are actors who have completed a three year acting degree course or have had at least three years professional work.

Bio of Host: Lynn Hegarty Director/Writer/Producer     

After working as an actor and director predominately in theatre, Lynn was accepted into Swinburne School of Film and Television and graduated in 1988. Her final-year film The Seannachie was nominated for Best Short Fiction at the AFI Awards and the ATOM awards of that year. Moving to Sydney, she wrote, produced and directed the one-hour comedy/drama How Wonderful, which won the Human Rights Award for Best TV Drama in 1990. It was also nominated for an AFI Award (Best Actress) and the American Cable Awards (Best International Dramatic Special). The film was successfully sold internationally.  Lynn wrote and directed a series of short films for Film Australia that won numerous awards between them for Best Film, Best Director and Best Script at the International Television and Video Awards. She also directed a number of documentaries including the series Australian Odyssey, a BBC/SBS co-production.   Since then Lynn has been predominantly directing television drama, including the award-winning series Police Rescue produced by Southern Star Xanadu for the ABC, Heartbreak High produced by Gannon Television for the ABC/BBC, Wildside for the ABC, the Halifax FP telemovies, Twisted Tales, Stingers and Water Rats for the Nine Network followed by White Collar Blue for Channel Ten.

In recent times she has directed All Saints and numerous episodes over 6 seasons of the highly successful comedy/drama Packed to the Rafters for the Seven Network and Me and My Monsters for the BBC and Channel 10. Also Crownies for the ABC and Tricky Business for the Nine Network both with Screentime Productions.  Her recent writing includes the feature screenplay Life, Sex, Death with Sarah Walker and she also co-developed the TV series Winners and Losers with Bevan Lee and Sarah Walker for the Seven Network. In 2012/2013 she's been directing Series 1 and 2 of A Place To Call Home for the Seven Network and is currently writing a new 8 part crime drama series called A Fatal Game



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