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 Masterclass With Rob Sarkies

10 Sep 2017
10:00:00 -  17:00:00
The registration period is from 21 Aug 2017 09:00:00 to 01 Sep 2017 21:00:00

Event description:

There will be talking and there will be playing.This will be a thought provoking and practical day which covers observations Rob has made from his time working with many amazing NZ actors well as scene work so we all participants can get on their feet. The day will cover:
•A director’s perspective on the audition process (what it’s like going through the audition tapes and what I’m really looking for)
•Collaboration between actor and director (including why I think NZ actors should be more bolshy!)
•On Set Observations. When it works, why it doesn't, and how to fix it together.

Please note: Scene work with scenes to be supplied for learning once participants are confirmed.

Bio of host:
Rob works across feature films, series television and commercials. His long-form work includes the acclaimed ‘Out of the Blue’ about the Aramoana shootings, 'Consent' a powerful tele-feature based on Louise Nicholas’s fight for justice, “Jean” about NZ aviator Jean Batten, buddy comedy 'Two Little Boys' starring Brett McKenzie and Hamish Blake and Dunedin classic 'Scarfies'.

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