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 Dangerous Art Of Slapstick! With Scott Witt

01 Dec 2014
18:00:00 -  20:00:00

Event description:

Physical Comedy or Slapstick is its own unique art form. Developing the skills to perform knock-a-bout stuff is usually an area of our field that actors are left to fend for themselves, which from my experience is where injuries and accidents occur!   Over the course of my life and career I have drawn on my vast experience in clowning, street theatre, sports, martial arts and improvisation to develop a complete pedagogical approach to ensuring that within the perceived chaos; order reins! Which leads to safety!  This master class is designed to provide participants a small glimpse into my world and processes I use personally and on productions as a consultant.

Bio of host:     

Scott has been working in stage, television and film for thirty years with over hundreds of credits. In that time he has been acting, adapting, writing, fight directing, directing and or clowning for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Global Creatures, Belvoir, Griffin, Opera Australia, Theatre of Image, Merrigong Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, Zen Zen Zo, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, NORPA, square the circle, Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Kooemba Jdarra, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe,  JUTE, Tropicsun and many independent features and short films.   Performances Scott has directed have played throughout Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.  During 2002 and 2003 he was the Intern and Associate Director for the Queensland Theatre Company. In 2004 Scott completed a Master in Fine Arts at Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology. He was the President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors inc. for 13 years.  Currently Scott is the Lecturer in Movement, Clowning & Impro at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and the Artistic Director of the International Order if the Sword and the Pen. He has been a proud member of Equity since 1988. For further details visit www.combatcircus.com
 Scott Witt MFA - web: www.combatcircus.com - blog: www.chaosandorder-scottie.blogspot.com

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