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 Masterclass

21 Aug 2012
09:30:00 -  15:30:00
The registration period is from 01 Aug 2012 09:00:00 to 15 Aug 2012 12:00:00

Event description:

Please note that this masterclass is for experienced actors only*.

Equity Foundation is thrilled to announce a special return visit to Sydney of celebrated international screen-acting coach and multi award winning actress, Miranda Harcourt. (Miranda has returned to Sydney to work with the directors at AFTRS.)

Miranda will host a masterclass for 14 experienced* NSW Equity members where each 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. Very short scenes will be sent to the actors prior to the day to learn.

*Please note that this masterclass is for experienced actors only. An “experienced” actor is classified as one who has completed a full time acting course or who has been working professionally and regularly for at least three years.  

About Miranda: Miranda is a celebrated international screen-acting coach. A multi-award-winning actress herself, she brings a diverse range of experiences and techniques to her work with actors of all ages and stages.    

She has prepared actors to deliver powerful, critically acclaimed performances on a range of international films including, Bridge to Terabithia (2007, Gabor Csupo), Bright Star (2009, Jane Campion), The Lovely Bones (2009, Peter Jackson), Home by Christmas (2010, Gaylene Preston) and Soul Surfer (2011, Sean McNamara).

Miranda helps actors inhabit an authentic emotional world for their character which answers a director’s vision. She works all over the world in person and by skype.

In her work as an on-set coach Miranda has had the opportunity of working alongside and observing the on-set practice of actors such as Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weiss, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Ryan Gosling, Robert Patrick and Zooey Deschanel amongst others.

As the endorsements below attest, Miranda's unique approach gets you to where you need to be quickly and effectively so you can do your best work.

"Miranda’s skills as an actress and coach place her at the top of her field. The work she does is unique anywhere in the world." - Peter Jackson (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lovely Bones, Heavenly Creatures)

"I'm so thankful to have met Miranda. After one lesson with her I viewed my acting in a whole new way. She gave me the tools to connect with my character, to connect with my fellow actors, to listen and respond without fear and to really let go and live in the scene. Miranda doesn't sugar-coat. She is a no nonsense teacher but you always feel that she is on your side. She creates a relaxed, inspiring learning environment. Across all genres, she know her stuff and really understands actors. So, Miranda, thank you for putting me on the right track with acting." – Daniel Lissing (Crownies, Last Resort for FOX)

"I recently started coaching with Miranda and my only regret is that I did not discover her earlier. What I love about her approach is that it is 100% practical and applicable. Whereas in other acting classes I sometimes think, "well, this is interesting but how on earth am I going to apply what I'm learning here to when I'm actually working", the reverse is true with Miranda. She gave me exercises that had a clear objective: to deepen my connection with the text, my character and the other actors I was working with. And they really worked. Furthermore, Miranda has great insight. She immediately identifies aspects of you/your performance that aren't serving you, explains why this is so, and then offers tools to change these habits. She is direct and clear but never aggressive. She creates a supportive, focussed learning environment that means you get a lot done but also have fun in the process. I wholeheartedly recommend Miranda to anyone with an upcoming film or TV role - or even an audition. She will make you better." - Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune)

"Leslie could never have come in full bloom without the freedom and life you showed me. You pulled Leslie out of me and I would never have won the award without your help. Thank you so much! I really hope we can do many more films together." - AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries, Soul Surfer, Winner Best Actress: Critics’ Choice Award Bridge to Terabithia)

"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)

"Miranda was absolutely invaluable during my audition for HEAVENLY CREATURES. In the course of just a few hours, she managed to help me give a performance that would convince Peter and Fran to trust me with such a difficult role. She taught me about screen acting, and gave me techniques that not only could my 15-year-old self easily understand and put into practice, but that I am still using in my work today. She helped me bring the intensity and emotion out of myself that the role required in a way that didn't damage me emotionally- she had a great understanding of what I was mature enough to handle, and pushed me without ever being scary or pushy, just supportive and encouraging." - Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, Two and a Half Men, Up in the Air)

"Working with Miranda was absolutely invaluable. With her insight and guidance I (along with the other actors and the director) was able to work on a significantly deeper level in a highly pressurized environment. I cannot recommend her highly enough, and my only regret is that I can't work with her on every job!" - Chelsie Preston-Crayford (Winner Logie - Best Newcomer: Underbelly Razor 2012)



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