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

Voice With Melissa Agnew

18 May 2016
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 28 Apr 2016 09:00:00 to 11 May 2016 22:00:00

Event description:

Equity members will work with Melissa on the fundamentals of healthy voice production with clear speech training.  There will also be some text work but no prep work is required.

Bio of host:     

With almost 30 years' experience as a voice teacher and coach, Melissa Agnew is one of Australia's most sought-after experts in her field. She consults on voice, speech and dialect in the theatre, broadcast, film and television industries, in the corporate sector and in education at all levels, from preschool through university. Melissa teaches voice, speech and dialect at NIDA, Sydney and holds a doctorate in Voice from The University of Sydney.  Melissa has consulted on over 30 productions at Queensland Theatre Company, including The Glass Menagerie, American Buffalo, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, We Were Dancing, The Road to Mecca, Molly Sweeney and Sweet Panic. Screen credits include The Proposition and the American teleseries, The Pacific.  Melissa coaches newsreaders, radio and television journalists and presenters at the ABC in Queensland and the Northern Territory, as well as commercial television and radio networks and private media organisations.  Melissa's clients, both past and present, are prominent in the public eye (and ear) across Australia.

The Equity Foundation recognises the diversity of the Australian performer community and seeks to encourage a more realistic representation of Australian society on our stages and screens. To this end the Equity Foundation strongly encourages applications from performers of varied experiences, perspectives, and circumstances including performers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and performers with disabilities.



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