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

The Actor In Process With Sara Wiseman

04 Dec 2016
10:00:00 -  16:00:00
The registration period is from 08 Nov 2016 10:00:00 to 23 Nov 2016 22:00:00

Event description:

Sara Wiseman's "The Actor in Process" one day workshop is a practical and dynamic exploration, catered for each individual involved. It is focused towards and working up the actor's "instrument" physically, vocally, energetically and imaginatively within a safe and generous environment. A true actors gym session with a genuine sense of irreverence in risk taking. The feedback from previous classes says it all…" As an acting coach, Sara demonstrated a lifetime of acting experience, as well as an intimate knowledge of the craft and ability to direct me throughout my work in the most appropriate and distinguished way.."

Bio of host:
Sara Wiseman can pinpoint the exact moment she wanted to be an actor – it was on the set of Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures as stand in for Kate Winslet in 1994. After completing a Bachelor of Performing & Screen Arts in Auckland in 1988, Sara has consistently worked on both stage and screen. Her big break came in 2001 as the lead in the TV series Mercy Peak as Dr Nicky Sommerville, which earned her Best Actress nominations at the 2002, 2003 and 2005 NZ Film and Television Awards. Sara is currently shooting series 4 of A Place to call Home. Other TV roles include Rake, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Outrageous Fortune, The Cult, Shortland Street, The Almighty Johnsons and Crownies. She won Best Actress as Kate Sheppard in What Really Happened: The Women’s Vote at the NZ Television Awards in 2012. On the big screen, Sara has appeared in Human Traces, Nerve, Fatal Honeymoon, Love Birds, Rest for the Wicked, Luella Miller, Sione’s Wedding, Matariki, for which she won Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film at the NZ Film and Television awards in 2011, and The Insatiable Moon, which earned her Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film nomination at the same awards. Her vast stage credits include the New Zealand productions of Death of a Salesman, Amy’s View, Collected Stories, Cabaret, Ladies Night, Under Milk Wood, This Is How It Goes, Proof, Killer Joe, The Vagina Monologues and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. In Australia she starred in Hate at Melbourne’s Malthouse in 2013 and The Inn Keeper Christ Almighty in 2015. Sarah has most recently been seen in Sydney's Old Fitzroy Theatre's production of The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.



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