Invitation to Observe Equity’s Highly Popular Casting Hothouse

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The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites our member directors to take part in Equity New Zealand’s Casting Hothouse in an observational capacity. The Casting Hothouse, Equity’s unique intensive audition/casting workshop to maximise skills and employment outcomes in the local and international market, is returning in September 2017.

This is an opportunity for up to eight DEGNZ directors to observe the auditioning/screen testing process with experienced casting directors working with New Zealand actors.

Please note that any directors taking part are there as observers only and will not take part in any of the processes. Please also note the processes are confidential and that the actors are working with the casting directors in a workshop environment.

The Hothouse is a major initiative by Equity to give members an opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to tackle the US, Australian and New Zealand casting experience head on. It is NOT designed to assist New Zealand actors to leave New Zealand permanently. Rather it is an opportunity to equip New Zealand actors with the tools to work overseas as well as home and to show overseas companies that New Zealand has a professional talent pool. It will assist these performers to maintain a long lasting career.


How it will work

Two US casting directors, an Australian and a New Zealand casting director will host the New Zealand workshops.

The casting directors taking part are:

Matt Skrobalak ­

Kerry Barden

Miranda Rivers

Nathan Llloyd

Performers will be allocated into four groups and the casting directors will issue scripts, film mock auditions, look at reading techniques, provide feedback and give the participants the skills to handle the pressure and get them through the whole experience unscarred. All performers will work with all the casting directors.

The intensity and length of the classes will ensure that the training and skills development is hard wired into them and their audition and casting skills become instinctive.


When: Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 September, 10am – 5:30pm, with drinks each night

Where: TBC, Auckland

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Hothouse Application’ in the subject line. In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • A brief letter on why you would like to attend

Application Deadline: Tue 12 September

 Equity New Zealand

Last updated on 26 February 2018