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

Personalisation And Authenticity In Song With Lauren Gardner

22 Oct 2012
13:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 24 Sep 2012 09:00:00 to 19 Oct 2012 10:00:00

Event description:

Laura Gardner is hosting the second of the Howard Fine Acting Studio's Equity Foundation workshops in Australia. This workshop will focus on personalisation and authenticity in song. The program will explore the key acting principles of The Howard Fine Studio and will show their dramatic impact when applied to the arena of musical performance. This workshop is suitable for singers, cabaret artistes and musical theatre performers and gives participants the tools to deepen the connection to their work allowing for a powerful emotional investment.

Participants are asked to bring three songs with sheet music.  A pianist will be present to accompany each singer. 

Bio of host - Laura Gardner

aura is an international acting teacher, performer and director who has been on the faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood for over 16 years.

She has taught at The Actors Workshop and the Academy of Musical Theatre, at the prestigious HB Studios in New York, the famous Stella Adler Institute, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and for the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Mexico. She is also an annual featured artist at The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska.

You may have seen Laura and her actor husband, Frank Collison, recurring on the NBC hit My Name is Earl. Other television and film credits include Shredd (series regular), Law and Order LA, The Forgotten with Christian Slater, Criminal Minds, Crash, ER, The West Wing and Close to Home amongst many others. She has had a successful stage career performing both on and off Broadway, in national tours and at major theatres around America.

She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the LA Weekly for her performance in Fighting Words and was honoured by Media Actors for her 20 years of teaching actors with disabilities.


Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers and H. B. Studios; where she studied with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld.




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