Twenty five year old Western Australian actress Asha Cluer is embarking on a novel fundraising campaign to help her fund a Masters in Professional Acting (International Course) at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. The one year cost of tuition is £19,500 or approximately A$41,000.
The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is an exceptional and renowned training institution with a worldwide reputation. It is consistently ranked among the top 10 institutions of its kind world-wide, and the within the top five in the UK. It is located in Bristol, England and was founded in 1946 by Sir Laurence Olivier. The school has a very high success rate for students going into work upon graduating and its more successful alumni include Daniel Day Lewis, Olivia Colman, Pete Postlethwaite, Jeremy Irons, Samantha Bond, Gene Wilder, and Sir Patrick Stewart.
The Masters in Professional Acting at The Bristol Old Vic is specifically designed for international students with prior experience working in the theatre industry who wish to undertake post graduate world-class conservatoire training. The course focuses on the British Canon as well as texts from each student's home country. Approximately 15 students per year are offered a place on the course, and only half of those are usually female.
Asha Cluer said,” The international reputation and exceptionally high standard of the training means that upon graduating, I will have a qualification that is recognised and respected in both Australia and the UK.”
Asha has worked as an actor and musician in the independent theatre sectors in Perth and London for the past five years. Asha graduated from John Curtin College of the Arts in East Fremantle in 2008 where she was part of the Specialist Drama and Music Programs.
In Perth Asha has been lucky enough to work with award-winning companies such as Ellandar Productions and Azure Entertainment, performing at venues such as Subiaco Arts Centre and His Majesty's Theatre. In London, she has been undertaken a variety of projects including many productions of Shakespeare's works, new writing, musicals, clowning and puppetry work, and has devised physical theatre ensemble pieces. Asha has performed at many Off-West End venues such as the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, the Tristan Bates Theatre, and most notably, the Royal Court Theatre, as well as being involved with projects at Shakespeare's historic Rose Theatre, Bankside.
Asha Cluer said, “The course fees for me to attend The Bristol Old Vic are a whopping A$41,000. Although I have been working as an actor in London, I cannot afford to fund the course all myself, so I am hoping that friends, family, and other people will help me achieve my dream.
“I have been working as an actor since graduating high school, but I have never had the opportunity to train professionally until now. I will be learning from the best minds in the industry who not only have extensive knowledge about the craft of acting, but who also know about the industry itself and the practical realities of working in it upon graduating. The reputation of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and its connections to the industry will stand me in excellent stead to be exposed to the best casting directors, agents, directors and producers upon graduating, something which is invaluable in terms of being able to have a sustainable career in the industry. This training is what I need in order to advance my career to the next level both in terms of being the best I can be at my chosen craft, and making the necessary professional connections in the industry to build my career.” Asha said.
To help Asha fund her dream to attend the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School please go to - http://www.gofundme.com/ashabristololdvic.