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

Masterclass With Fiona Samuel

12 Sep 2015
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 to 08 Sep 2015 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to spend a day working with Fiona Samuel. You will be looking at scenes from some of Fiona's most recent television dramas ‘Piece Of My Heart’, “Bliss’ and ‘Consent’, & working on character, connection and ‘between the lines’ communication.

Bio of host:

Fiona Samuel has been creating original drama since she graduated from the New Zealand Drama School at the age of 20. As a writer and director, playwright and actor, she has worked in television, radio, film and theatre and has created award-winning dramas in all these fields.  Television dramas include the original series THE MARCHING GIRLS and FACE VALUE; single drama HOME MOVIE; documentary VIRGINITY; and Sunday Theatre telemovies PIECE OF MY HEART and BLISS, both available on DVD. Stage plays include THE WEDDING PARTY; LASHINGS OF WHIPPED CREAM – A Session with a Teenage Dominatrix; ONE FLESH; THE LIAR’S BIBLE and GHOST TRAIN, winner of the New Zealand Writers Guild Best Play Award in 2010. Scripts are available from Playmarket. Short films BITCH and SONG OF THE SIREN can be seen on the NZ On Screen website, along with early television dramas THE MARCHING GIRLS, FACE VALUE and HOME MOVIE. Fiona currently has two feature films in development, O JERUSALEM and THE PERFECT WOMAN.




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