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From the netball court to the Hollywood stage

Nyoongar Yamatji woman Teresa Moore is on her way to Los Angeles later this year as part of WAAPA’s US showcase of up and coming actors.

The final year Acting student was initially reluctant to give up playing elite netball, but after being accepted into ECU’s Bachelor of Arts (Acting) course she hasn’t looked back.

Acting student Teresa Moore will head to Los Angeles later this year as part of WAAPA's acting showcase of up and coming actors. Image by Kathy Wheatley

WAAPA student Teresa Moore. Image by Kathy Wheatley

Q. What is it that you love about acting?

A. There are so many reasons I love acting, but I guess the main reason is that I love to tell stories. I love to go on the journey and become immersed in the character of the person I’m playing. I particularly enjoy telling true stories from my own culture and speaking for people who may not have a voice or the ability to speak for themselves.

I also love the ability to transform myself into another world by playing a character that’s different to me. As an actor, it’s our job to see what the character sees and to open the audience’s eyes to their story. I’m lucky because I’ve always had the ability to put myself into other people’s shoes.

Q. What type of stories are you attracted to telling and playing?

A. I love telling true stories.  I also love characters that are powerful, but human and vulnerable. I love to challenge myself by playing horrible flawed characters where it’s my job to make the audience love them.

Q. Why did you choose WAAPA?

A. I first visited WAAPA through a high school program at the age of 15. I loved the theatre and the creativity and I knew I wanted to enrol. My parents both encouraged me to go to WAAPA and my dad John Moore is an actor.

I didn’t enrol straight after high school though because I was playing national level netball which I would have had to give up and wasn’t ready to choose between acting and netball. I first enrolled in the Aboriginal Performance course and found it to be so friendly and welcoming and at the end of that year I auditioned for the Bachelor of Arts (Acting) course. I applied the same determination to the acting auditions that I had used in netball, giving them absolutely everything I had and leaving nothing behind, just I had done on the court.

Q. How did the Aboriginal Performance course prepare you for the very competitive Bachelor of Arts (Acting) course and field?

A. It taught me how to believe in myself and that I’m capable of anything I put my mind to. It helped me to overcome my fears by teaching me to have trust and believe that everything will be ok.

The lecturers want you to be the best you can be. They saw the potential in me, and believed in me, but ultimately you have to do the work yourself.

Q. The 2018 NAIDOC theme is ‘Because of her, we can!’ Who are the influential women in your life and what have you learned from them?

A. There are so many women that I look up to. My friends are making a difference to other people’s lives, studying for professions like medicine and nursing. But I’d have to say my mum and grandmother have been the greatest influences. They are both strong, powerful, loving, nurturing and brave women.

The WAAPA Acting Showcase will be performed at The Matrix Theatre in Melrose, LA on Wednesday December 5. The graduates will be playing to an invited audience of industry professionals.

If you’re interested in studying a Bachelor of Arts (Acting), visit the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts web page.

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