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.

Masterclasses
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.
Workshops
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

The Meissner Technique - Living The Details With Scott Williams

26 Aug 2014 -  27 Aug 2014
09:30:00 -  16:30:00

Event description:

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop goes for TWO days and attendees need to commit to the two days.

This is an opportunity for up to 20 NSW Equity members to work with Scott Williams, using his Meisner-based technique which he teachers all over the UK, USA, Hong Kong and now Australia. Over the course of this workshop you can charge up your acting and learn what it is to live in the 'is' world, rather than the 'should' world, as this is the very heart of what it is to be 'truthful' both onstage and in front of the camera. Scott will move you through the basic exercises of Meisner's techniques and show you how this can reinvigorate your acting, especially when the work transitions into text on the second day.

The first day will focus on the basic exercises of the technique, exercises that let you "live truthfully."


The second day will focus on techniques involving text, letting you remain alive and spontaneous while still serving the needs of the script.  These two days will serve as the two halves to Meisner's fundamental principle that acting is "living truthfully under a given set of circumstances."

Bio of host:    

Scott Williams founded the Impulse Company shortly after he arrived in London in 1996. In the years since, he has led the expansion of the company into a full-time training and performance organisation, and continues to increase the impact of The Company's ideals into the arts world of the UK and beyond. Scott hails originally from California. He began directing at 17. At 19, he moved to New York City to study with Sanford Meisner at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre and went on to secure a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Dramatic Literature at San Francisco State University. After his move to London and the founding of The Impulse Company, Scott has continued his multi-dimensional schedule of teaching and directing. In addition to an expanding schedule of teaching for Actors Centres throughout the UK, he has taught in France, Hong Kong, and across the USA. He has also directed for other companies, including original productions of Five O'Clock Angel starring Nichola McAuliffe and the musical Inkle on Yarico. Recently Scott become associated with the work of New York playwright Stuart Spencer, directing productions of Resident Alien and Alabaster City, and London and New York productions of Painted From Memory. For Scott's full biography visit: http://www.impulsecompany.co.uk/who-we-are/scott-williams/

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