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

Masterclass With Director Jessica Hobbs: Wellington

15 Mar 2013
10:00:00 -  05:00:00
The registration period is from 26 Feb 2013 09:00:00 to 13 Mar 2013 22:00:00

Event description:

The Equity Foundation is thrilled to announce a special opportunity for NZ Equity members to spend a day working with Jessica Hobbs, the celebrated director of many ground-breaking, award-winning television programs.

Jessica will work on different texts and all actors will have an opportunity to workshop scenes and explore different aspects of the text. Successful applicants will be sent scenes to learn prior to the masterclass.

This masterclass is free-of-charge for financial members of NZ Equity.

The Equity Foundation thanks the NZ Film Commission for their support of this event.

Jessica's ground-breaking work on Love My Way in 2004 led to the outstanding and hugely popular TV series Spirited and Tangle for Southern Star, followed by Rake and My Place for ABC. Jessica has won Australian Film Institute Awards for Answered by Fire (2006), a Canadian/Australian co-production mini-series set during the violent East Timorese independence referendum of 1999 and for Love My Way (2005). Jessica also directed Curtin – a telemovie about the life of Australian Prime Minister John Curtin in the 1940’s. Curtin screened in competition at BANFF in 2007. In 2012 Jessica directed the AACTA Nominated Mini Series Devil’s Dust for ABC and Fremantle Media.



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