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

Howard Fine Monologue Masterclass

15 Jul 2012
10:00:00 -  14:00:00
There are no tickets available for this event

Event description:

Using the fundamentals of Howard's award-winning eight steps to scene preparation, this intensive four-hour monologue lab is open 14 Equity members who have a two-minute monologue prepared that they would like to work on. Howard will work with you to unlock 'you' in the text and give you the tools and techniques to take your monologue and scene preparation further. Please note an extra six Equity members are able to take part as "observers"

Essential: Please use published material only and bring several copies of the text with you to share amongst the other participants.


Bio of host: The Howard Fine Acting Studio is a well established and critically acclaimed acting studio based in LA and this year they opened an Australian studio in Melbourne. Howard Fine and a number of their top acting teachers regularly travel to Australia to teach and as part of his studio based program Howard will be hosting more of his famous masterclasses in Sydney and Melbourne.  

The Howard Fine Acting Studio is home to arguably the best acting-school faculty in the world with each individual tutor being personally and genuinely endorsed by such industry luminaries as; Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Connelly, Juliette Binoche, Sir Ian McKellen, Josh Brolin and Leonardo DiCaprio as well as a host of well-known Australian actors:

“Howard has ignited the artistic, playful child in me...forever in his debt!!!”

Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Bikie Wars, City Homicide, Underbelly, Sea Patrol)

Last July, Howard Fine came to Australia for the very first time to run a series of Masterclasses - Howard had this to say about his first trip to Australia:

“I returned from my first trip to Australia on a high from the experience. I literally raved to my colleagues about the talent and the dedication of the Australian actors. The actors were hungry to learn and that is what any true teacher wants. The transformations in a short concentrated period of time were remarkable. It was clear to me that we could achieve the most extraordinary results if we brought the entire course program over and made an investment in the training and development of Australian actors.”

In just four short months the Howard Fine Acting Studio has grown to be one of the leading actor-training institutions in Australia. Throughout the year the tutors from the parent studio in LA arrive one after the other to lead a series of technique-driven, world-class acting programs – the effect this is having on the local performance landscape has been profound:

"Howard shook me out of a complacency I didn't even know I had and re-introduced me to the kaleidoscope of true craft, technique and possibility"

Freya Stafford (The Clinic, Underbelly Files, Dirt Game, Neighbours)

“Within my 30 years of casting, I have viewed and worked with many actors. Howard Fine’s technique is a contributing factor to those actors who consistently stand out.”

Victoria Burrows (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Lovely Bones)

Howard Fine is an extremely skilled teacher. He has the ability to help actors create beyond their own experience in a way that is both exciting and compelling. Personally, I feel he is one of the greatest acting teachers working today.’

Martin Campbell – (Director, Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness, Green Lantern)



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