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

Improv With Russell Fletcher

29 Apr 2019
18:30:00 -  21:30:00
The registration period is from 03 Apr 2019 09:00:00 to 18 Apr 2019 22:00:00

Event description:

Improvisation is a discipline that can be challenging, but with the right approach it can be the most rewarding and liberating. Sometimes you need to come up with characters very quickly, and sometimes you have to be yourself. This workshop will focus on Russell’s “must have’s” for your improvisation toolbox. We will focus on honing your performance skills, and use the “Hero’s journey” model to enhance your ability to be an improviser/story-teller. And you’ll have lots of fun.

Bio of host:
Russell is an actor, director, writer, MC, workshop designer and teacher, and occasionally a Warmup Guy. Russell has been long associated with improvisation in Australia and has represented Melbourne Theatresports many times nationally and internationally. He hosts the incomparable SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY and CELEBRITY THEATRESPORTS, has won a World Improv Championship (Montreal), and is the only Australian to have appeared on the UK’s WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? Russell and his partner Sarah Kinsella are corporate entertainers and trainers with their company THE DECENT PEOPLE. For The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019, Sarah is directing AT THE MOVIES, and Russell is appearing in the ensemble. His acclaimed solo shows include, JEST LIKE DANNY KAYE, KING OF FOOLS, JUMP RALPH, JUMP! and David Sedaris’s SANTALAND DIARIES. Theatre: SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS (1989 - 1996), NOISES OFF (with Marina Prior), CYRANO DE BERGERAC (MTC), and hit national tours of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), CERTIFIED MALE, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, THE 39 STEPS, YES PRIME MINISTER, THE KITCHEN SINK for Red Stitch Actors Theatre, and UNSOLICITED MALE for Q44 Theatre. He has collaborated and directed for some of our finest comedians and is a founding member of The Mooseheads.

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