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

US Accent With Jacque Drew

14 Nov 2015
10:00:00 -  13:00:00
The registration period is from 27 Oct 2015 09:00:00 to 11 Nov 2015 22:00:00

Event description:

An opportunity to work on your US accent with Jacque Drew.

Bio of host:

Jacque Drew is an award-winning actor and educator with more than 25 years experience working in the stage and screen industries. Since arriving in New Zealand in 2003, she has worked consistently as an American dialect coach for SiLo theatre (The Women, Suddenly Last Summer, This is Our Youth, Mr. Marmalade, Take Me Out, This is How it Goes, The Mercy Seat, Little Dog Laughed, The Brothers Size); Auckland Theatre Company (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); on films (Bridge to TerUbithia, The Ferryman, The Warrior's Way, Emperor) and various commercials. She is highly sought after by actors heading to the states for annual pilot season and for those who seek continual one-to-one training. Jacque's teaching is a cornerstone of the accent training for The Actor's Program and Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts. Her unique approach to training actors includes physical, phonetic and technical skills all offered in an easily understandable format. Her industry experience and her inside knowledge of the cultural components crucial to success in securing the American role, make her the first choice for actors, directors and producers who want to create an authentic American character. She is available for private coaching (skype sessions for those not in Auckland) and can be contacted at




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