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Casting Away the Clichés: Panel Discussion Livestream from LA

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Direct from Los Angeles, the Equity Foundation and the SAG AFTRA Foundation will present a panel discussion featuring leading actors and US casting executives. During this lively discussion we will hear about how – and why – some of the US’s largest commercial networks are attempting to foster casting diversity.  Are we keeping up in Australia and New Zealand? What practices can we borrow and adapt to ensure our huge pool of talent is being represented in a way that benefits actors, audiences and the industry?

Missed the livestream? you can watch it online here.

For LA-based, Australian and NZ actors who want to attend the event at 7pm LA time Tuesday April 12, go to the link and click RSVP  

There will be a box that says event open to non-members.  Enter the code “equity” and click continue. After that, they simply fill out the information, select  guest (if they are bringing any), agree to the rules and click RSVP.

Live stream the event using this link

Noon Sydney Wednesday April 13
2pm NZ Wednesday April 13

There are instructions for tweeting, on the livestream page but NZ and AUS members should put AUS or NZ within their tweet it will identify them so SAG can pull them out for question time.

6th Annual Equity Ensemble Awards - Voting Now Open!

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All Equity members are invited to vote for their favourite Australian television ensembles in the categories of drama, miniseries and comedy.

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The Equity Ensemble Awards were introduced in 2011 to honour excellent performances by Australian television ensembles. They are the only performer-voted awards in Australia.

Please note: Voting is now closed. Winners will be announced Thursday May 5, 2016.

The 2016 Equity Award for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Comedy Series

•The 2016 Equity Award for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
•The 2016 Equity Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Mini-Series or Telemovie

Voting closes Saturday April 30, 2016. Winners will be announced on Thursday May 5, 2016, and honoured at an Awards Ceremony in June.

Read the rules of the Equity Awards here.

For a preview of each production and full cast list please see below. To watch the previews before voting please click on the title of the production.

Casting Hothouse returns in 2015!

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The Equity Foundation’s hugely popular Casting Hothouse will return in November.

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This is a unique opportunity to work on your audition, accent and acting techniques in a series of intensive workshops with leading casting directors.

The Casting Hothouse is designed to give Equity members every opportunity to succeed in the local and international market.  

Please read the application instructions carefully – your bio and headshot must be submitted as ONE PDF document.  

Applications close Monday, October 5.

The Australian Actors' Wellbeing Study

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Equity has been concerned for some time about the health of performers. In 2011 our National Performers Committee was alerted to anecdotal reports of high levels of stress, depression, bullying and sexual harassment, as well as alcohol and drug abuse amongst members.

In response, the Equity Foundation, together with the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, initiated a ground-breaking Actors’ Wellbeing Study (AWS). It is the largest study ever commissioned into actors’ wellbeing. We wanted to know whether performers experience greater instances of negative physical, psychological and emotional health compared with the rest of the population and whether work practices impact on actors’ health and wellbeing.


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