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Performer Bree Peters wins inaugural Equity scholarship to study in New York

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The Equity Foundation is thrilled to announce that New Zealand performer Bree Peters has been awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Atlantic Acting School in New York City.

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Most recently seen on New Zealand screens as Shortland Street's Pania Stevens, and then as co-presenter of TV2’s Maori language lifestyle show 2 Kaha, Bree Peters has built a wealth of stage and screen credits since graduating from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2006.

This is the first time the Equity Foundation Atlantic School Scholarship has been offered to New Zealand performers. More than 100 applications were received and the winner was selected by an industry panel that included the Atlantic School’s director of admissions.

Bree will undertake the intensive six week Spring Comprehensive Program from May 23 – July 1, 2016. The scholarship is valued at $US2,250. The New Zealand Film Commission has generously donated $NZ5,000 to assist with Bree’s flights and accommodation.

Of what the opportunity means to her Peters says: “When I first got the news I cried in the Westfield carpark. Some would say that's embarrassing but knowing I would be studying in New York City in less than 6 weeks’ time, I didn't mind. I feel excited and honoured for this opportunity. To learn and thrive in one of the world’s artistic hubs is a dream and to do this at a school set up by outstanding artists who produce amazing talent and work is a gift.”

Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand says Bree was an outstanding candidate: “The judges were particularly impressed with Bree’s professionalism, talent and commitment to her craft. I know Bree will use this unique opportunity to further her already impressive career and share her skills and knowledge with New Zealand performer community.”

Executive director of the Atlantic Acting School and founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, Mary McCann offers, “What an impressive first year! We were blown away by the actors who applied for this inaugural scholarship offering and feel such promise for this cultural and artistic exchange. We are thrilled to invite Bree Peters to our Spring Comprehensive program as the 2016 New Zealand Equity/Atlantic scholarship recipient. We were impressed by Bree’s talent and accomplishments as a performer, as well as her dedication to creating new work and fostering future generations of artists through her participation in Massive Company. We feel confident that Bree will bring so much to the program’s ensemble and that she will be a wonderful representative of Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique in her community when she returns.”

The internationally acclaimed Atlantic Acting School has helped aspiring actors fulfil their dreams for over 25 years. Founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, the Atlantic has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in Mamet and Macy’s unique and influential approach to acting: Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique. The school’s mission is to ensure that each graduate masters the essential analytical and physical disciplines of acting and to empower every student with skills necessary for success in the profession.

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