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

Monologue For Auditions Workshop With Laura Gardner

04 Aug 2014
18:30:00 -  21:30:00
There are no tickets available for this event

Event description:


This is an opportunity to workshop your monologue for auditions. Focussing on authenticity and taking risks, it's an opportunity to bring yourself joyfully and freely to the work. All actors welcome to bring a prepared 2 minute monologue but please note there won't be time for everyone to get up and workshop.   

(Venue instructions: Music Room 303: enter the through the Music Building on St Kilda Rd. Go one floor up the stairs directly in front of the entrance and Studio 303 is in the corner on you right - number above the door). 

Bio of host:     

Laura has been on the faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood for over 17 years and teaches Foundation, Scene Study and Reading for the Pros. She has taught in Wales at The Actors Workshop and the Academy of Musical Theatre, in NYC at HB Studios, Stella Adler Institute, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and for the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Mexico, PBCC in Florida, SMCC in Los Angeles, the George Street PlayHouse in NJ and has been a featured artist at THE LAST FRONTIER THEATRE CONFERENCE in Valdez, Alaska for the last 7 years where she created the MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP.    You may have seen Laura and her actor recurring on the NBC hit MY NAME IS EARL. Her other TV and Film credits include SHREDD as Jason Lee's mom(series regular), CASTLE, CRIMINAL MINDS,  LAW AND ORDER,LA, THE FORGOTTEN with Christian Slater, CRASH, ER, THE WEST WING, CLOSE TO HOME and many others. Laura has the recurring character of Chris's MUM in the award winning Australian web series, CHRIS AND JOSH, with HFAS alumni Shane Savage. She has appeared on and off Broadway, national tours and major theatres around the country.  She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the LA Weekly for her performance in FIGHTING WORDS, an Los Angeles production that moved to the Millennium Center in Wales. Laura was honoured by MEDIA ACCESS for her 20 years of teaching actors with disabilities. Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers, and H. B. Studios, where she studied with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld, and Ken McMillan.   For more info go to




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