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

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The Summer Intensive (valued at $US3,700) will take place in New York City from July 5 – August 12, 2017. We are delighted that once again Foxtel are joining us to contribute a cash prize of $AU8,000 to assist with Kesteven’s flights and accommodation.

Kesteven says: “Who doesn’t dream at some point of performing, studying performance, watching performance in New York City? I cannot thank Equity, the judges and the Atlantic School enough for providing me with this invaluable opportunity, which I’m sure will be the shock to the system and fresh perspective that I’ve longed for.”

The industry judging panel was so overwhelmed by the calibre of applicants they decided to award two scholarships instead of one. Performer Lumka Coleman has been awarded a partial scholarship to attend the Atlantic’s conservatory program.

Coleman says: “I am completely overjoyed and humbled at this opportunity; and excited to be put to work! Both the ethos around the work that underpins Atlantic Theatre School and to be able to spend my time learning surrounded by, influenced by all that New York has to offer truly exceeds what any young actor could hope for.”

The Equity Foundation received more than 150 applications.

Mary McCann, executive director of the Atlantic Acting School and founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, says: "Wow, what a year! It is very difficult to select one scholarship recipient with so many strong applicants. We are thrilled to invite Sophie Kesteven to our Summer Intensive and Lumka Coleman to our Full-Time Conservatory for 2017. We were impressed by their talent, drive, and dedication to creating their own work while also pushing themselves to new artistic heights. We are confident that both will bring so much to the programs’ ensembles and that they will both be wonderful representatives of Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique in their respective communities.”

Of each candidate, the industry judging panel says: “Sophie is a terrific match for the Atlantic Summer Intensive because of her strong work ethic and her curiosity-driven attitude. Lumka’s  commitment is strong to delve deeply into the structured acting training and philosophy of Practical Aesthetics, which will undoubtedly support Lumka’s burgeoning and original artistic voice.”

The Atlantic Acting School, founded in 1987 by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, operates as both a private conservatory and an undergraduate program in conjunction with the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It 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.

Find out more about the Atlantic School here.
For anyone interested in attending a Practical Aesthetics class in Sydney find out more here.

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