Sometimes life turns on a dime. Mine flipped rapidly in August when I was accepted into top UK musical theatre drama school, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, to study a Masters of Performance (Musical Theatre).
I had two weeks to get a UK visa, pack my life in Australia into a suitcase, and head to London. It was hands down the most frightening and paralysing decision I’ve ever made, but a financial risk and artistic leap I was wholeheartedly ready to take. It was time for me to stretch my comfort zones and fire up all creative cylinders.
9am to 7pm training in acting, singing and dancing here in London gives me so much joy and inspiration; it is here I push boundaries, refine my artistic voice, expand my international arts networks and nourish my creative soul. Alongside my performance-based skills training here I am also writing an original 60 minute play that engages with my ongoing research about empowered female characters in musical theatre.
On the topic of empowered female voices, I was thrilled to be a finalist in the 2017 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in the Not-For-Profit sector. My life’s work is in the Arts not only as a performer but as a cultural leader. Co-founding gender equality collective Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS), and co-founding independent Sydney theatre company Edgeware Forum are two highlights of my mission so far. Being a finalist in this year’s awards was a lovely boost and affirmation. It’s with great passion that I’m here in London getting fresh perspectives on the theatre industry and brainstorming ways to expand and sustain Australia’s own beautiful Arts industry.
Knowledge is power, and the application of that knowledge is more powerful still. Stay tuned as my adventure of knowledge accumulation and application around the world unfolds!