Storyville is the Equity Foundation’s literacy initiative, which harnesses the talent of performers to encourage children to read.
Storyville targets schools with socio-economic disadvantage or where for a majority of students, English is a second language. The program sees Australian performers visit primary schools weekly on a volunteer basis to read aloud to two classes. We train performers and then connect them with participating schools. The program provides a unique opportunity for performers, gifted in the art of storytelling, to spark a love of reading in children and give back to their local communities.
The Equity Foundation – the professional development arm of Actors Equity – was established in 2002 to oversee Equity’s publications, awards and extensive professional program. The Equity Foundation is independent from Actors Equity but offers substantive services to Equity members, free of charge.
The Foundation relies solely on the support from grants, corporate sponsorships, bequests and individual contributions to maintain our programs and create new ones. Our mission is to assist, educate and inspire actors.