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Friday, 01 July 2011
It was the University’s great pleasure to learn this week that our Western Australian Academy of Arts (WAAPA) graduates are now eligible to apply for the prestigious Mike Walsh Fellowships.
Established in 1996, the fellowships assist young theatre artists to travel abroad and gain experience in international theatre, before returning home to pursue their acting careers in Australia. This is the first time that the fellowship has been opened up to WAAPA graduates. It was previously only available to graduates from Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
I enjoyed listening to Mike Walsh on radio in central Victoria in the 1960s during his early years at 3SR in Shepparton, and his talent and subsequent success is an inspiration to all our WAAPA students and graduates.
These fellowships are a wonderful opportunity for our graduates to further their careers in the acting industry, and are also a tribute to the high calibre and talent of our WAAPA graduates.
I encourage all suitable candidates to apply for these fellowships and thank Mike Walsh O.B.E for providing our graduates with the support and opportunity for further their careers within such a competitive industry.
Professor Kerry O. Cox