21 Oct 2014

Youth Bursary Recipients Announced

A group the region’s youngest talents were acknowledged yesterday when the recipients of the 2014 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursaries were announced.

More than $13,000 in bursaries were awarded, aiming to assist young artists who demonstrate current involvement and achievement in a performing arts discipline as they forge a career and expand their education and development.

 Past winners of the Youth Bursaries have attended highly prestigious institutions, including the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), the Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane and the Victorian College of Arts.

Empire Theatre Foundation Chairperson, Sheena Liley, said the bursaries were a valuable resource for young people from the Darling Downs, with many who have utilized the funds to launch their careers in the performing arts as professional actors, fulltime musicians, dancers and technical professionals.

The Empire Theatres Foundation provides funding for courses in a wide range of disciplines including dance, acting, instrumental music, singing, musical theatre and animation.

Since 2010, bursaries have also been provided in more diverse fields such as jazz singing, composing and conducting, playmaking and rock school.

The Empire Theatres Foundation is proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, Greenridge Group, Wippells Autos, Downlands College, MacDonald Law, Dornbusch Partners, Taylor’s Removals, The Chronicle and Think Office Technology.