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

Miranda Harcourt Acting Masterclass



09 May 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 15 Apr 2015 09:00:00 to 04 May 2015 22:00:00

Event description:


Acting Masterclass With Miranda HarcourtBack by overwhelming demand!

Due to an overwhelming response by members we have invited celebrated international screen-acting coach and multi award winning actress, Miranda Harcourt back to host a masterclass in Sydney.  Every actor will have the opportunity to workshop a scene and explore different approaches to text. You will work on your skills in the morning and you will shoot your scenes in the afternoon which will all be from current feature films and tv. This will help each actor transform their work, achieving authenticity and complexity.

"Miranda is amazing. Working with her is always a new experience. She really helps me make each character truly unique. She is an inspiration and truly loves the art of film. I love the work I’ve gotten to do with Miranda!”
Isabelle Fuhrman, The Hunger Games, The Orphan

“It was a joy to work with Miranda. Her attention to detail and technique guided me in the right direction for me to play a role that was very much a side step from my previous endeavors. Her teaching was never overwhelming and her positive vibe and sense of humour made it easy for me to trust myself in the steps I was taking. Thanks to her I've gone from comic foil to leading man!”
Rhys Darby, Flight of the Concords, LoveBirds
Bio of host:

Miranda Harcourt 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.




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