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

Acting On Impulse: The Meisner Technique With Scott Williams

06 Aug 2017
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 10 Jul 2017 09:00:00 to 06 Aug 2017 22:00:00

Event description:

Scott Williams will lead a one-day workshop for experienced actors in the techniques of performance created by Sanford Meisner. What is it? In a fast-paced, intensive day, you’ll explore in depth Meisner’s techniques for Living Truthfully Under a Given Set of Circumstances. How will it work? You’ll have the chance to practice and be guided through a few simple and powerful exercises which focus on Meisner’s concepts that what happens to the actor depends on what the other person does. This “pinch-and-ouch” approach is the heart of what we mean by living truthfully. What do you get out of it? You’ll gain an insight into a profound and powerful new way of approaching acting, and you’ll take away tools you can use on your very next job. Scott Williams trained with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and has been teaching these techniques for 40 years at his London-based home, The Impulse Company, and all over the world.

Bio of host:
Scott Williams founded the Impulse Company shortly after he arrived in London in 1996. In the years since, he has led the expansion of the company into a full-time training and performance organisation, and continues to increase the impact of The Company's ideals into the arts world of the UK and beyond. Scott hails originally from California. He began directing at 17. At 19, he moved to New York City to study with Sanford Meisner at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre and went on to secure a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Dramatic Literature at San Francisco State University. After his move to London and the founding of The Impulse Company, Scott has continued his multi-dimensional schedule of teaching and directing. In addition to an expanding schedule of teaching for Actors Centres throughout the UK, he has taught in France, Hong Kong, and across the USA. He has also directed for other companies, including original productions of Five O'Clock Angel starring Nichola McAuliffe and the musical Inkle on Yarico. Recently Scott become associated with the work of New York playwright Stuart Spencer, directing productions of Resident Alien and Alabaster City, and London and New York productions of Painted From Memory. For Scott's full biography visit:

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