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

Breaking Down The Script With Valerie Bader

26 Oct 2015
18:00:00 -  20:00:00
The registration period is from 29 Sep 2015 09:00:00 to 20 Oct 2015 20:00:00

Event description:


This workshop is a rare opportunity to work with veteran actor and teacher Valerie Bader. This will reveal how rigorous script analysis enhances character development.  Using Gordon Graham’s landmark play, The Boys, Valerie demonstrates how breaking a script into beats and actions reveals crucial clues for actors.  Learn how the writer’s, the actors’ and the director’s roles all interconnect to bring a play to life.

Bio of Host:

An actor whose work spans theatre, film and television over several decades, Valerie is perhaps best known for her theatre work, which includes Children of the Sun, Morning Sacrifice, Falsettos, Summer Rain, Darlinghurst Nights and King of Country (all for Sydney Theatre Company); Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Dinkum Assorted (for Melbourne Theatre Company); Australia Day (for Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company); Secret Bridesmaids’ Business and Competitive Tenderness (for Playbox Theatre); Comedy of Errors (for Bell Shakespeare Company); The Venetian Twins, Tartuffe, The Winters Tale and The Golden Age (for Nimrod); Entertaining Mr Sloane (for the State Theatre of South Australia); Parramatta Girls (for Belvoir St Theatre) and Barmaids (for Belvoir, Deckchair, and for Hit Productions). For many years, Valerie was the fourth member of the Biggins/Forsythe/Scott Wharf Revue team, and recently appeared in M Rock for ATYP and STC. Her television work includes Devils Playground, East of Everything, Come in Spinner and True Believers, plus featured roles in All Saints, Murder Call and GP.  Films include Crackers, Black and White and Sex, Wish you Were Here and Truth.




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