In Conversation: US, Australian & NZ Casting Directors
The 100% Equity cast of Gifted is: Harriet Prebble, Andrew Laing and Simon O'Connor. Gifted is the story of when Janet Frame met Frank Sargeson. It is 1955 and beyond the famous hedge something magic is about to happen. In his beloved garden the “Father of the Nation's Fiction”, Frank Sargeson is waiting for his old mate Harry to turn up. Instead, he encounters a young woman fresh from a mental institution. Her name is Janet Frame. Their world is about to change forever. Touring the Arts Festivals in 2013 to incredible reviews and widespread acclaim it’s now Wellington’s chance to experience this celebrated New Zealand production. Gifted is on at Circa Theatre from 10-31 October.
The Actors' Program end of year production opens at The Basement Theatre on 18 November. Starring Equity members Frank Borrell, Joe Nathan, Albertine Jonas, Mel Odedra, Anna Baird, Emily Campbell, James Russell, Ruby Lyon, Paul Trimmer, Chelsea Belle, Cally Castell, Holly Hudson, Timmie Cameron, Dion Greenstreet, Brie Hill and Evan Fenemor.
The whole school is Equity!This end of year show is directed by Equity vice-president Cameron Rhodes, assisted by Equity member Cherie Moore. Over 100 characters. A snapshot of life. World-renowned playwright Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed play is an intoxicating kaleidoscope of human connection. Love and Information re-imagines modern storytelling in its ingenious examination of us and our world. Presented by The Actors' Program and Last Tapes Theatre Company.
The TAP 2015 class is pictured here with Equity vice-president Cameron Rhodes and TAP artistic director and Equity member Michele Hine. The TAP Program Manager is Equity board member Natalie Beran.
Equity New Zealand is pleased to endorse this guideline for child actors, compiled by Equity member Liz Baldwin-Featherstone and agency LBF Kids & Teens Management, and released today. It has also been endorsed by the Actors' Agents Association of New Zealand. The guide is intended for child actors and/or their parents. Equity will be distributing it to all producers in the near future.
The Unitec third years are, for the first time ever, putting on their final production at Q Theatre. '2063' is on from 12-20 November and stars Equity members Blaise Clotworthy, Sadia Gordon, Reuben Bowen, Tyler Brailey, Ava Diakhaby and Brianna Smith.
Sebastian is fed up with his life, his job, and relationships. His indecision leads to him visiting a psychic, who reveals to him a story of New Zealand set in the year 2063. New Zealand is a nation transformed. The sea levels have risen forcing a mass migration of refugees, who find asylum in the regions south of Auckland. As the refugees begin to build a strong society and elect leaders, a political crisis arises, as the refugee’s desire a peaceful cultural diversity, whilst the ‘The City’ seeks control. Sebastian’s granddaughter Lou is a pivotal figure in this story. In her lies the answer for Sebastian’s struggles and the future of the entire country.
Equity New Zealand is thrilled to announce that Dame Kate Harcourt is the recipient of the 2015 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Ryman Healthcare.
Dame Kate’s professional career began in the 1960s on children’s radio programs. Over the last five decades Dame Kate has worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio.
Equity President Jennifer Ward-Lealand says: “I cannot think of a more worthy recipient for our first Lifetime Achievement Award. Kate epitomises what this award is all about; honouring those who inspire us not only with the longevity and calibre of their acting careers, but also with their kindness, humility, good grace and generosity as mentors.”
Dame Kate was nominated by New Zealand performers and selected by the board of Equity New Zealand.
Of Dame Kate’s selection from an impressive list of nominees Equity Board member and Vice President Tandi Wright says: “Dame Kate has tirelessly and consistently thrown herself into this profession with passion, mana and a delicious sharp wit. She was a pioneer for women in the industry in her youth and remains a constant inspiration to us all.”
The Equity New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award is made possible with the generous support of Ryman Healthcare. Ryman Healthcare Managing Director Simon Challies says Dame Kate is a deserving winner.
“She’s had a stellar career and been a huge influence on generations of actors. I think this accolade for Dame Kate will strike a chord with our residents and we are delighted to be able to support it.”