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

Supporting Local South Island/Te Wai Pounamu Actors Into More Work. A Two Day Workshop With Miranda Harcourt

28 Mar 2015 -  29 Mar 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 to 17 Mar 2015 23:59:00

Event description:


This workshop is geared towards local actors with the aim of helping them score roles in the increasing number of films shooting in the South Island.

In Spring 2015 Miranda aims to be shooting the film adaptation of Margaret Mahy's classic novel The Changeover. With co-director Stuart McKenzie, Harcourt aims to cast a number of local actors in the film, from speaking roles to extras. Over a 2 day period Miranda will work on scenes from film and TV in order to open up contemporary screen aesthetics to actors both new and experienced. She would show diverse material from film and TV to exemplify the actors' work and work on audition technique and preparation for the role. Miranda sends out notes, bibliography and references post-workshop.

Bio of host:

Miranda has run innumerable workshops for actors and directors young and old in NZ, Australia and the US. She has worked and coached on projects for The Weinstein Company (Lion and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2), for Peter Jackson (The Hobbit, Heavenly Creatures, The Lovely Bones) and for Jane Campion (Bright Star, Top of The Lake) amongst many others. Miranda was HOD Acting at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School for 7 years and now works as a freelance acting coach around the world. Miranda was HOD Acting at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School for 7 years and now works as a freelance acting coach around the world. She coached and workshopped actors in the Christchurch productions Hope and Wire and Kaitangata Twitch. As a Board member of Film NZ, the Government organisation that aims to give international screen businesses the information and support to enable them to make their projects here in NZ, she is committed to raising the bar of local performance throughout NZ.




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