IF YOU’VE ever dreamt of becoming the next Cate Blanchett or Hugh Jackman, help is at hand.
The Actors’ Hub has a special one-year part-time course that aims to reduce the gap between high school drama and Australia’s leading acting schools, such as the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), as well as the industry.
Known as The Gap, the program allows students to refine their skills as they learn from highly trained actors, directors and master teachers while waiting for the next annual intake for performing arts courses across the country.
Applications for The Gap in 2014 are now open – entry is by audition only and people must be aged 17 and above.
First round offers close December 13 and second round offers close January 17.
The Actors’ Hub director Amanda Crewes said there were limited places on offer at Australia’s major drama schools, overlooking some of the country’s most talented performers.
“About 3500 students graduate from high school drama courses each year but with only a small number accepted into drama schools, many gifted young actors are forced to find a new career path,” she said.
“The Gap can help keep dreams alive by providing professional training in preparation and performance techniques for both stage and screen.
“The Actors’ Hub provides a serious focus for those wanting to learn more about the profession in a fun, innovative and professional environment."
Following her own successful career and her father’s belief anyone could take up acting, Crewes decided to teach others the art of performance.
“I love creating alongside other creatives,” she said. “When I started teaching, I was encouraged by many people to start my own school.
“I am passionate about the performing arts and helping people achieve their dreams and potential within the industry.”
Jess Stenglein, a 2013 graduate, described The Gap program as “an incredible experience”.
“I now have the tools, skills and a huge amount of passion for what I do,” she said.
“It’s something I’ll cherish forever because the course has taught me how to act, live and be true to myself.”
Another graduating student, Andrew Dunstan, added: “The skills you learn are unbelievable.
“I am now aware of what I’m capable of and more confident than I ever was.”
The Actors’ Hub is located at the Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco.
gap1: Ingrid Quest, left, Jessica Stenglein, Lauren Kingham and Adele Munsie have all graduated from The Gap in 2013 – applications are now open for the 2014 course.
gap-andrew1-2: Andrew Dunstan learnt a wide range of skills as part of The Gap course at The Actors’ Hub.
gap-ingrid: Ingrid Quest performs as the witch in Hansel and Gretel as part of The Gap program.
The Actors' Hub
"It has long been recognised that without a permanent company few actors can thrive indefinitely. The art of acting is in some ways the most exacting art of all, and without constant schooling, the actor will stop halfway." (Peter Brook)
In response to this understanding, we have established The Actors’ Hub, a new centre for excellence in performing arts.
The Actors' Hub provides ongoing support for actors to develop their skills whether they are currently working within the industry or working their way into the industry.
It is our aim at The Actors’ Hub to keep our work relevant and in response to current industry trends, demands and opportunities.
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