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WAAPA graduate finalist in Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards

Thursday, 28 October 2010


Congratulations to WAAPA acting graduate, Mr Ian Meadows, who has been nominated as a finalist in the 2010 Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards for his contribution to the acting community.

The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards are the leading grants program for emerging Australian creative talent, with the winner receiving $10,000 and the chance to develop a professional mentoring relationship with leaders in their creative fields, such as influential designer, Mr Marc Newson and artist and illustrator Ms Deanne Cheuk.  

Mr Meadows is one of 21 finalists from a range of creative industries, including music, photography, acting and design, with the winners chosen based on votes from the Australian community.

Since graduating from WAAPA in 2005, Ian has starred in a variety of Australian television shows including The Pacific, All Saints and Underbelly, as well as co-writing plays such as Missing, which was shortlisted for the Patrick White Award, which recognises the work of outstanding Australian playwrights.

He has also starred in a number of plays, receiving a nomination in 2009 for the Best Newcomer at the Sydney Theatre Awards, and is the co-founder of theatre company Small Things Productions and production company The Everywhen.

Mr Meadows is thrilled to be nominated for the awards, which will provide further opportunities to travel and forge relationships that will help build on his already successful career.

“The new perspective on life and on filmmaking that would be facilitated by such a grant would be immensely beneficial to my work, and without doubt a massive inspiration to build upon for all coming projects, and projects not yet conceived,” said Mr Meadows.

Head of Acting at WAAPA, Mr Chris Edmund, congratulates Ian on his achievements.

“Ian was a committed and resourceful student during his time at WAAPA and is a fantastic role model for aspiring young actors. We encourage the ECU community to get behind him in the 2010 competition.”

Voting closes at midnight on Monday, 1 November.  For more information and to cast your vote, visit the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards 2010 website.

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