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

Brush Up On Your Aussie Accent With Alexandra Whitham

21 Mar 2015 -  21 Feb 2015
10:00:00 -  13:00:00
The registration period is from 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 to 11 Mar 2015 23:59:00

Event description:


Casting directors expect actors to get the accent right. With so many opportunities in Australian TV and feature film, now is a great time to improve your Aussie Accent. Led by Alexandra Whitham, a true-blue Aussie Dialect Coach, this workshop will provide insider tips that will give you the edge at your next Aussie audition.

Bio of host:

Alexandra is the Lecturer in Voice in the Performing & Screen Arts Department at Unitec in Auckland. She teaches BA Acting students in Voice, Dialects, Speech, and Text, and leads a module in Australian Dialects for the Actors’ Program. Alexandra also freelances as a Voice & Dialect Coach for theatre, TV, and film. Her recent credits as an Aussie Dialect Coach include ‘Cloud Street’ directed by John Davies (Unitec Theatre), ‘Gwen in Purgatory’ directed by Katherine McRae (TAPAC), and ‘April 25’ directed by Leanne Pooley (General Film Corporation). Alexandra grew up in South Australia, and studied acting for three years at AIT Arts. After completing a BA from Flinders University, Alexandra trained and worked as an actor, theatre director, and voice coach in the United States and UK. She received her Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 2009, and became a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher in 2010. In the UK, Alexandra taught at a number of drama schools, including East 15, the Oxford School of Drama, the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts. She has lived in New Zealand for nearly three years.




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