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 David Caesar

19 Jul 2014
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 26 Jun 2014 09:00:00 to 10 Jul 2014 22:00:00

Event description:


Please note this masterclass is for more experienced actors who have completed an accredited 2 or 3 year acting course or have had at least three years professional work as an actor.   

Equity is pleased to announce a special opportunity for 20 Equity members to spend a day working with feature film and television director, David Caesar. David will work on different texts and all actors will have an opportunity to workshop scenes and explore different aspects of texts.

Bio of host:   

David Caesar graduated AFTRS in 1987, his final year film SHOPPINGTOWN won best film in the general category at the Sydney Film Fest in 1987 and continues to be used in film courses to this day.  LIVING ROOM won best documentary at the Melbourne Film Fest and St Kilda Film Fest in 1988. The documentary BODYWORK had a successful theatrical run as well as winning best documentary at Melbourne Film Fest and an Atom award in 1990 and received rave reviews in both Australia and the UK. In 1992 his feature GREENKEEPING was nominated for best screenplay in the AFI awards as well as being screened at more than ten international film festivals.  In 1994 his documentary FENCES won the Rouben Mamoullion award at the Sydney Film Fest. In 1995 the documentary CARCRASH had a successful theatrical run and was a finalist for best screenplay at the NSW Premier awards. His 1996 feature IDIOT BOX was a finalist at the AFI awards and the NSW Premiers awards as well as being critically acclaimed in Australia and the UK.  From 1992 until David has directed many hours of television including FLYING DOCTORS, G.P., HALIFAX F.P., WILDSIDE, WATER RATS and more recently COPS, RUSH and RESCUE SPECIAL OPS.  His feature film MULLET, made in 2000, had a very successful theatrical run, was nominated for AFI awards and won Australian Critics Circle award for best original screenplay and was a finalist in the NSW and Queensland Premiers awards.  It travelled to festivals all over the world and was in competition at Shanghai winning best direction. DIRTY DEEDS was nominated for best screenplay at the AFIs and the Critics Circle, it premiered at Toronto Film Fest in 2002 before going on to many other festivals.  It was the most successful local film released theatrically in 2002.  David’s screenplay PRIME MOVER was selected for the 2004 Aurora program.  In 2004/2005 he co-directed the acclaimed mini-series RAN and in 2006 he co-wrote and directed episodes of the mini-series DANGEROUS.  His latest feature film PRIME MOVER was released in Australia in August 2009.  The script won the 2008 Queensland’s Premier Literary award for best Australian screenplay. 2011 has seen David direct episodes of both Underbelly – Razor and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries for the ABC. In 2012 David worked on Tricky Business for Chanel 9 and Underbelly Badness and Squizzy and in 2013 was engaged as both writer and director on Power Games: The Packer - Murdoch Story.




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