The Queensland Conservatorium‘s new acting degree has received a stamp of approval from Academy Award winning actress, Dame Judi Dench.
“Drama training is essential for the development and encouragement of young performers, and this course supplies the skills and knowledge to build and sustain a successful career,” she said.
“The University offers the chance to work with dedicated and experienced tutors in superb facilities. This is a wonderful opportunity for those determined to follow their dream.”
The Bachelor of Acting will prepare graduates for a career on the stage and screen under the direction of internationally renowned teachers and performers.
Ms Somerville has worked at a host of prestigious theatre companies in the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and Donmar Warehouse.
She said it was exciting to launch the new degree.
“The Queensland Conservatorium is at the cutting edge of performing arts education in Australia,” she said.
“We had a large number of applicants, and I was so impressed with their amazing talent and energy.
“It feels very exciting to build the course from the ground up.”
Queensland Conservatorium Head of Performing Arts Associate Professor Paul Sabey said the new degree had drawn from the most highly regarded actor training models around the world, and would involve collaborations with Griffith Film School, Queensland Theatre, the Brisbane Powerhouse and national performing arts companies.
“Our boutique program will be offered to a small number of high quality performers, with a focus on industry engagement,” he said.
“It is vital that young performers build their professional networks and gain exposure to the
creative arts industry,” he said.
Queensland Conservatorium Director Professor Scott Harrison said the new degree marked a new chapter in the Con’s 60 year history.
“The Queensland Conservatorium counts the country’s finest young musicians among its graduates, spanning everything from classical to jazz, opera, popular music and musical theatre.
“We are now extending our focus to the performing arts, nurturing the next generation of actors who will go on to make their mark on stage, television and the big screen.”