STAGE SET: Allie Osborn attends a NIDA Young Actors Bootcamp at the Kensington Campus thanks to a bursary from Coolum Theatre Players.
STAGE SET: Allie Osborn attends a NIDA Young Actors Bootcamp at the Kensington Campus thanks to a bursary from Coolum Theatre Players. Contributed

Young actress in dream role

St Andrew's Anglican College drama student Allie Osborn was the first student to apply and successfully receive the Coolum Theatre Players $1000 Arts Bursary Award.

The bursary enabled her to attend a NIDA Young Actors Bootcamp at the Kensington Campus in Sydney, working with esteemed staff and a group of talented young students from across Australia. The Year 11 student shares her experience.

I TRAVELLED down to NIDA accompanied by my mum, Jenny. I was set for two days of intensive acting where I was put into a small group with five very talented young actresses, and where we soon met our mentor Emma (a recent graduate of NIDA).

Throughout the weekend, we explored many different elements of theatre, ranging from Shakespeare's sonnets all the way to analysing an Oscar Wilde play, before performing scenes and snippets of various pieces of theatre to an audience on Sunday afternoon.

From the weekend I have learnt so many incredible elements that I am able to now carry into my own future individual and group-based performance work.

I am, of course, extremely grateful for the incredible support of Coolum Theatre Players and in particular to Julia Loaney for her unconditional support and encouragement throughout the year in regards to my acting passion and future artistic desires.

NIDA has been an absolutely phenomenal experience and I encourage other young aspiring actors, actresses, dancers, visual artists and musicians who wish to further their studies and extend on their dramatic passion, to apply for the 2014 Coolum Theatre Players $1000 Bursary.

As a college we are so fortunate to have their support, without which my unbelievable trip down to NIDA also wouldn't have been possible.

I look forward to the future, where I will continue to partake in my drama studies at St Andrew's in my senior years, along with my existing co-curricular arts commitments.

- ALLIE OSBORN


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