Hanah Tayeb awarded Emily Campbell Scholarship

By 15 December 2021 December 17th, 2021 Announcements

The Equity Foundation is thrilled to announce that Hanah Tayeb has been awarded the Emily Campbell Scholarship to attend The Actors’ Program (TAP) in 2022.

New Zealand performer Emily Campbell tragically passed away last year before taking up her Equity Foundation Scholarship at the Atlantic Acting School in New York. Emily was chosen by an industry judging panel from hundreds of applicants, who praised Emily’s empathy and emotional connection to her work.

With permission from the Campbell family and the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), together with private donors, the Emily Campbell Scholarship (valued at $13,250) was established.

Hanah was chosen by the TAP Artistic Board from many impressive applicants. TAP Artistic Manager Benjamin Henson said: “The Emily Campbell Scholarship is, of course, important to the school in so many ways; and not least in supporting the next generation of industry-leading talent. What Emily brought to our lives and our profession will never be emulated, but what we sought was an actor who echoed her vibrancy; her tenacity and her hunger for the mahi. We’re incredibly proud to have found these qualities in Hanah Tayeb. A unique actor in her own right, Hanah impressed across the Artistic Board in both rounds of the school’s auditions. Though young, Hanah brings life experience few possess at her age and the result is a laser-like actor more than ready to hone her craft through training with us. I know in my heart Emily would be proud of Hanah too and would be overjoyed to support this choice. Arohanui to Hanah; to Emily, to the Film Commission, and The Equity Foundation. We are honoured to work with this exceptional talent. ”

The Actors’ Program is a one-year, intensive, industry-related course. Tutors are all professional practitioners and potential employers currently working in the New Zealand stage and screen industry. The course runs Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm, 38 weeks of the year. There are no essays, written assignments, or points-based assessments; everything actors do works towards performance. There are only 18 places on the program each year, so training is highly personal and individual.

Equity New Zealand president Jennifer Ward-Lealand says: “Emily was a shining light. Generous and supportive to all she met, she held her TAP whānau especially close. Her loss was devastating to our performer community. I am so thrilled to honour Hannah with this scholarship and look forward to seeing her flourish at The Actors’ Program in 2022”.

Acknowledgement of Country

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