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

Acting Masterclass With Juliet Furness: Auckland

29 Nov 2014
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 18 Nov 2014 09:00:00 to 25 Nov 2014 22:00:00

Event description:


An opportunity to spend a day with Juliet Furness working on your acting technique.  

This masterclass will be based on Juliet’s 17 years experience in  acting, teaching and studying in New York and LA and is built on innovations from many historical techniques taught in New York such as Meisner, Mamet,  The Method.  The methods have been distilled and synthesized to fit the stress and strain of the modern acting industry. You will work with Juliet on the receptivity and strength of the emotional impulse. Successful applicants will need to have memorized a monologue (of the length that you would use for an audition.)  

Bio of host  

In 1992, Juliet left NZ on the invitation of Jeremiah Comey, a top LA acting coach (clients from Avatar, The Twilight Saga, Fight Club and Titanic) to be assistant tutor at his Film Acting studio in Los Angeles.  Just under a year later she moved to New York to investigate stage techniques. There she studied with many top industry professionals as well as forging her own career as an actress. She was lucky enough in 1995 to stumble upon Seth Barrish – Anne Hathaway’s private coach – whose methods she would return to again and again during the many years she lived there. Having spent a total of 17 years acting, studying and teaching in New York and LA, Juliet returned home to New Zealand with what she considers are acting methods that are among the best that the industry has to offer.  She has also taught private classes since arriving back in New Zealand and is thrilled to be able to see the ideas put to practical use. During the first 5 months of classes running she had three students under her tuition land roles on Shortland Street, one of which was a core cast.




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