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

Shakespeare Masterclass With Simon Callow

24 Aug 2012
14:30:00 -  17:30:00

Event description:

16th Street Actors Studio in association with The Equity Foundation is delighted to announce an afternoon
Masterclass on Shakespeare with distinguished British actor, director and author, Simon Callow.

As one of the UK’s most celebrated actors, we are thrilled to present a one-off Masterclass with Simon on the
heels of his critically acclaimed tour of Edinburgh, the West End and New York with his one-man play Being

A scholar of the work of Shakespeare and Dickens, Simon will work with a group of selected actors on
Mercutio's ‘Queen Mab’ monologue from Romeo and Juliet (Act 1, Scene 4) and the sonnet When to the
sessions of Sweet Silent thought (No 30).

Through the exploration of this work, Simon will illuminate Shakespeare and its importance to modern actors.
He will explore the syntax and depth of Shakespeare’s language and highlight the significance of sonnets.
This afternoon class is an opportunity to learn from an actor with formidable experience with Shakespeare and
learn tools in how to tackle classic texts.

Everyone is encouraged to read both the monologue and sonnet before the class. Copies of both will also be
provided on the day.

Simon Callow's theatre credits are extensive. Following his training at London’s prestigious Drama Centre, he
created the title role of Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus when the play premiered at the National Theatre. He
has appeared extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Royal Court, on the West End and at
The National Theatre (most recently in the celebrated production of Twelfth Night).

Over the years Simon has done a number of one-man plays including The Importance of Being Oscar, The
Mystery of Charles Dickens, and most recently Being Shakespeare. He also appeared in The Stratford
Shakespeare Festival's presentation of a play devised by Simon Callow from the Sonnets of William
Shakespeare called There Reigns Love.

He has also worked on television for over 30 years and his notable film roles include Amadeus, A Room with a
View, Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Phantom of the Opera.

Simon has also directed on the West End and Broadway and is a writer and published author (including the
highly-acclaimed biographies of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles and a memoir called Love Is Where It

Don’t miss this very special one-off masterclass.

TO BOOK: visit and follow the link on the homepage
FEE: $60 ($50 Equity Members)
Venue: Memo Hall - 88 Acland Street, St Kilda

To claim the Equity rate, use promo code EQUITY16. You must enter your Equity Membership number. Please
note these bookings will be cross-referenced with Equity’s database and ONLY apply to current ‘financial’



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