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

Comedy Acting With Darren Gilshenan

09 Mar 2017
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 14 Feb 2017 09:00:00 to 27 Feb 2017 22:00:00

Event description:

Like mathematics or music, comedy is a learnt process. Rhythm, timing, tension, extension, illogical transitions, play against, stay in your lane, obsession and oblivian. All concepts integral to comedy. Come and fill up your kit-bag with a bucket of comic tools to generate laughter in any situation. Please note this masterclass is for more experienced actors who have completed an accredited 2 or 3 year acting course or have had at least three years' professional work as an actor.

Bio of host:
Darren’s diversity as an artist is his strength and has allowed him an extensive body of work. After graduating from The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in ’88 he began his career in Musicals before spending 10 years with The Bell Shakespeare. Sketch comedy followed with 3 years on Full Frontal followed by some great TV series; Dossa and Joe (BBC/Granada), AFI Nominated Chandon Pictures and Logie nominated Derrick, which he wrote and starred in.

Darren returned to the theatre for 7 productions with the Sydney Theatre Company and then to the small screen again; Moody Christmas and The Moody’s, as Uncle Terry, the Emmy-winning Top of the Lake created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting, Rake, Janet King, The Killing Field, Old School, Devil’s Playground, Maximum Choppage, No Activity, which he co-developed and co-wrote, and Here Come the Habibs, currently on Nine Network.
Film credits include; Save Your legs, The Outlaw Michael Howe, the AACTA nominated Liebermans in the Sky, and Women He’s Undressed, the Orry-Kelly story directed by Gillian Armstrong, which is currently nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary at the 5th AACTAs.
Recent theatre includes Strictly Ballroom the Musical directed by Baz Luhrmann in the role of Doug Hastings, Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn at the Ensemble Theatre, Arthur in Mother and Son alongside Noelene Brown and Piggsy in a festival version of Monkey - Journey to the West. In 2016, he can be seen in the role of Paul in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Machu Picchu and in Tartuffe, in the title role, for the Black Swan State Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company.
He has won a Best Actor Helpmann Award for The Servant of Two Masters, Equity Ensemble Awards for The Moody’s and A Moody Christmas, and been nominated for Green Room, Sydney Critics and Glugg Award.

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