CALLING all actors wanting to make a change in the new year – applications for The Gap in 2015 are now open.
The Actors’ Hub has a special 40-week 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, gaining insights on how to develop an acting career, while waiting for the next annual intake for performing arts courses across the country.
The course delivers professional training in preparation and performance techniques for both stage and screen.
Entry to The Gap is by audition only and people must be aged 17 and above. First round offers close December 12 and second round offers close January 16.
The program runs from February to December, alongside the school terms, with two half days and one full day (12 hours) each week.
The Actors’ Hub director Amanda Crewes said The Gap provided a serious focus for those wanting to learn more about the profession in a fun, innovative and professional environment.
“We aim to help people get there, wherever that may be,” she said. “We want people to feel safe to dream, empowered to dare and inspired to do.
“There are limited places on offer at Australia’s major drama schools which results in some of the country’s most talented performers being overlooked.
“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.
“The Gap highlights how people might actually be getting in their own way, holding themselves back from achieving what they want out of their acting.”
Following her own successful career and her father’s belief anyone could learn to act, 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.”
Ciara Taylor, a 2014 graduate, described The Gap program as challenging and fun while also preparing her for the industry.
“Amanda is an honest and reliable teacher whose opinion is full of experience,” she said. “She tries her best to give us every opportunity possible.”
Another graduating student, Quaid Kirchner, added: “I’d recommend the course to people who are truly determined and passionate for the art of acting because you learn what’s truly required to make it into the industry.”
The Actors’ Hub is located at the Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco.
GAPB: 2014 Gap students Emma Harvey, Jordan Holloway and Nicholas Allen.
GAPD: Nicholas Allen and Caitlin Gee learnt various aspects of stagecraft through The Gap program.
GAPE: Clockwise from left: Ciara Taylor, Nicholas Allen, Justin Gray and Emma Harvey putting skills learnt through The Gap to test on stage.
GAPF: The Gap student Jordan Holloway… applications are now open for the 2015 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.
artshub-jess: Jess Stenglein is one of The Actors’ Hub first students.
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