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

Pro Active Acting: Not Waiting But Creating With Christopher Sommers

02 Jun 2014
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
There are no tickets available for this event

Event description:

Pro Active Acting: not waiting, but creating: This workshop will deal with the essentials that make artists proactive about their career rather than reactive. Christopher will look at things such as Film and TV Essentials: show reels, head shots, actor maintenance, (classes, online presence) self tests, short films and agents, Theatre Essentials: audition prep, indie theatre work, co-op dos and dont's.



Bio of host
Christopher Sommers: Christopher graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Acting) in 2002. His Theatre credits include: Queensland Theatre Company: Pygmalion, Orphans, An Oak Tree, Fat Pig, The Crucible, School of Arts , The Exception and the Rule, ANATOMY TITUS: FALL OF ROME (Qtc and Bell Shakespeare Company) Proof andThe Premier Drama Awards, The Works and The Young Playwright Awards. HOODS* (Realtv, International tour: Dschungel, Vienna, Austria and Teatro im hof, Bolzano, Italy Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre, Regional Arts Victoria, QLD Arts Council and ASSITEJ) BEAUTIFUL. (And moor) Forward Movement and Springboard Theatre Company’s THE LARAMIE PROJECT , 23rd Productions CLOSER. LA Boite Theatre: HAMLET and the National Tour of ZIGZAG STREET . Restaged Histories Project: OMON RA , TRIVIA (Bunker Productions) SLEEPING AROUND (Downstairs Belvoir). Other credits include: THE ORACLE (Osmosis Dance Theatre) and STAINED (Storm the Barricade). His film credits include: Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner, Fear of Darkness, Predestination, Drive hard, Bullets for the Dead, Parers War, The Last Man on Earth, Jucy, Sinngh is King, AFI Award winning Unfinished Sky, All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane and Festival hit The Horseman. His Television credits include: Reef Doctors, Terra Nova, Sea Patrol, The Strip, Monarch Cove, The Starter Wife and Love Bytes. In 2010 Christopher was nominated for a Mathilda Award for Best Actor in Fat Pig. In 2009 Christopher attended Masterclasses at The Ivana Chubbuck Studio and Margie Haber Studios in Los Angeles , California after receiving a 2008 Lord Mayors Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship. He was one of Queensland Theatre Company’s Emerging Artists for 2009. Christopher teaches for NYFA, Tom McSweeney/Newman Productions, NIDA Open Program, Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Backbone Youth Arts and Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. Christopher was the Associate Artistic Director of 23rd productions from 2008-2013. He has been a proud member of Equity since 1999.

Christopher Sommers 





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