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.

Masterclasses
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.
Workshops
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

In Conversation: Janine Snape And Matt Beggington (Casting, MTC) With Queenie Van De Zandt

11 May 2015
19:15:00 -  20:30:00

Event description:

Join Queenie van de Zandt as she interviews Janine and Matt on the MTC casting process. Topics include: How decisions are made - what casting directors look for and all the things the casting directors wish you knew before you went to the audition.

Bio of hosts:    

Janine Snape: Janine is currently Casting Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. Previous experience includes casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as film, commercials and TV casting in the UK. Janine is a member of The Casting Director’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland and The Casting Guild of Australia.

Matt Beggington: Matt is currently the casting executive at MTC.

Queenie Van De Zandt: Queenie van de Zandt is an award-winning actress and known as one of Australia’s most versatile performers.She has worked extensively in theatre, cabaret, musical theatre, on television and in film, and is a recording artist, comedienne and writer. In theatre she has worked for many of Australia’s major theatre companies including STC, The Malthouse, QTC, The Ensemble, and La Boite in plays such as: Face to Face, Abigail’s Party, Rabbit Hole, Women of Troy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Barmaids, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Secret Bridesmaids' Business, The Vagina Monologues, Furious, Speaking in Tongues, After January, and The Road to the She-Devil’s Salon. Her television and film credits include: Very Small Business, City Homicide, Da Kath & Kim Code, Dance Academy, All Saints, Scooby Doo; Salem’s Lot and most recently Queenie played the lead role of Margo in the Aussie feature film Girl Clock.  However Queenie is probably still best known for her extensive work in musical theatre and cabaret. Queenie has played leading roles in the hit musicals: Oliver!, The Full Monty, Anything Goes, Cabaret, The Boy From Oz, Eureka – The Musical, Love Lemmings (re-titled I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change) and Hair, along with performing in such classic musicals as Les Misérables and The Threepenny Opera. As a writer and songwriter, Queenie has written, performed and toured many cabaret shows such as CABARET – in 12 Easy Steps, The Best (and Worst) of Queenie van de Zandt and the play Jingle Belrose (later re-titled Up the Shops). She has recorded two albums of her original music: Amazon Woman and Other Stories and her subsequent one-woman show, Amazon Woman and Other Stories, has performed at music festivals, cabaret festivals and music venues all over Australia. Queenie is set to release her latest album, Queenie van de Zandt – Live in Cabaret, in late 2012.  In 2005 Queenie made a shift into comedy when she performed and wrote alongside comedy legends, Marg Downey, Michael Veitch, Peter Moon, Dave O’Neil and Colin Lane, in the sketch comedy show – Let Loose Live for Channel 7.  She followed this with her award nominated and critically acclaimed one-woman show, I GET THE MUSIC IN YOU an evening with Jan van de Stool, which she co-wrote with Tony Taylor. The show performed to sold-out houses in Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide before playing for a highly successful,

 

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