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

Comedy Masterclass With Malcolm Sinclair (UK President, Equity)

28 Mar 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 10 Mar 2015 09:00:00 to 28 Mar 2015 22:00:00

Event description:


This is masterclass for experienced actors*

This masterclass with the President of UK Equity, Malcolm Sinclair, will examine the playing of comedy. Comedy as opposed to clowning. The repertoire will be English plays of the last few decades, and will concentrate on language, character, and the thorny question of 'style' and what that might mean. By examining scenes in depth we will attempt to discover the 'do's' and 'don'ts' of this type of work, and what it can tell us about the nature of acting and performance; lessons that can be applied across a whole range of work. The main question will be, what is comic acting, and is it any different from any other sort of acting?

Bio of host:

Malcolm Sinclair has been an actor in the UK for almost forty years. He has been a major player at the National Theatre, appearing in a whole variety of work. He has premiered work by Alan Ayckbourn and David Hare, and frequently been directed by both authors. He has also starred in the plays of Noel Coward, Alan Bennett, Joe Orton, Peter Nicholls and Simon Gray. He's had a long television career, including 5 series of Pie in the Sky. His films include Casino Royale and V for Vendetta. He is President of Equity UK.

(*Those who have completed a three year acting degree or who have had at least three years full time acting exerience.)




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