Equity Green Room - 12 July 2015 - The Basement Theatre
Increasingly, actors are asked to audition for unfunded productions, including pilot episodes. Equity does not advise auditioning for these projects. It is Equity's position that professional work should be paid, and subject to contract. Any contract for a role in a pilot should guarantee the right of continuance in that role should the series go ahead. Equity is aware that on occasion groups of friends collaborate creatively for possible projects, however evidence shows that even in these cases actors are usually paid something, and almost exclusively use contracts. Equity cautions against working gratis for possible future remuneration as it cannot condone the erosion of hard-won industry contractual and legal standards.
Equity held a productive hui with several casting directors from across the country last week, and the actors’ agents association (AAANZ). Equity, the AAANZ and Casting Directors have agreed to update the 2010 casting guidelines and produce a document that can be ratified by all parties. It was agreed that each party will appraise the existing guidelines, then feedback their comments by 9 July 2015. These comments would be distributed to all parties that day. By 23 July 2015 all parties would submit a considered response. Thereafter, two representatives per group will begin negotiating a final standard for casting guidelines in NZ. This may take several meetings. Equity thanks all actors for submitting comments on the current guidelines. The union is using these comments to suggest updates to the guidelines. We will keep you posted.
DEADLINE: FRIDAY 3 JULY
The Equity Foundation is giving you a unique opportunity to learn the art of self-testing from some of the best casting directors in the world. Once a month we issue a brief with an age range. This month we are looking for males and females aged between 45 and 55 years old, with a specific role in mind. If you have applied previously, you will need to apply again when a role comes up within your age range. Ten performers within the age range will be chosen at random each month. The closing date to register your interest is this Friday, 3 July. Equity members only.
Rupert, by the Auckland Theatre Company, opens on 25 June, and is sold out on two nights already. The 100% Equity cast of Rupert, pictured at rehearsals receiving their 100% Equity cake, are: Stuart Devenie, Arlo McDiarmid, Damien Avery, Stephen Lovatt, Hera Dunleavy, Adam Gardiner, JJ Fong, Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Simon Prast. Choreographer Jeremy Birchall (not pictured) is also an Equity member.
The most powerful media magnate in modern history, Rupert Murdoch, takes a cabaret-style romp down memory lane to give us his cleverly crafted version of his life. Watch as Rupert tap-dances his way to early success across the ditch, discos towards his big American breakthroughs, shares a fiery post-Falklands tango with Margaret Thatcher, and charms some of the most powerful players of the twentieth-century. A smash hit at the box office when it premiered at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Rupert is now scheduled for a West End run. Scandalously audacious!
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