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Mike Walsh Fellowships now open for 2016

Friday, 02 September 2016

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In December last year, 2010 Acting graduate Claire Lovering was one of eight young Australian theatre artists to be awarded a Mike Walsh Fellowship. The award of $8,000 that Claire received for the fellowship will go towards flights, course fees and accommodation for a five-week Chekhov Intensive Summer Course at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York this July.

For the last 20 years, the Mike Walsh Fellowships have afforded young arts practitioners the opportunity to enhance their skills and progress professionally within the local industry. Awarded to graduates of NIDA, WAAPA or the VCA, the fellowships aim to give the recipients the opportunity to travel abroad to gain a wider knowledge and experience of theatre.

Claire Lovering graduated from WAAPA in 2010, winning both the Leslie Anderson Award for Most Outstanding Acting Showcase and the Sally Burton Award for Best Female Performance of a Classical Text.

She made her professional theatre debut in Tim Winton’s first play, Rising Water for the Black Swan Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company, for which she received a Best Newcomer nomination at the WA Equity Guild Awards. For BSTC, she has also starred in the premiere of David Williamson’s Managing Carmen (a Queensland Theatre Company co-production), The Damned and Day One, A Hotel, Evening. In 2013, she played Elaine Robinson in the national tour of The Graduate, starring Jerry Hall.

Following a sold-out Sydney season, Claire toured her self-penned, one-woman show River to the 2015 Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, where it won the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Theatre. Most recently Claire won the inaugural Spectrum Now Blue Rooms Series Award for most promising emerging theatre talent. Claire has also performed with Darlinghurst Theatre Company, ATYP and Sport for Jove.

Claire’s screen credits include the web series Event Zero, Network 10’s popular television series Wonderland and the 2015 film San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson. Claire will next be seen in the ABC comedy pilot, The Let Down.

Applications are now open for the 2016 Mike Walsh Fellowships and WAAPA Alumni are encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, please visit the Mike Walsh Fellowships website.

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