Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published November 17th 2014
Actors Auditions Aim Attendence At Actors' Hub
It is difficult for someone just starting out in theatre to build the kind of learning experience that leads to greater confidence, technique and ability.
Applications are now open for The Gap program in 2015 (Photograph courtesy of The Actors' Hub)
Talent cannot be taught, but the techniques of harnessing, taming and training those inherent skills can. The usual route is school productions, amateur or community theatre, television adverts, WAAPA if you're lucky and a constant attendance at auditions for the few professional productions here in Perth.
But this is a chancy and sometimes lengthy way of doing it. The quality of direction in community theatre is variable and heavy involvement often includes long trips to rehearsal and production venues.
In addition, most directors don't have the luxury of time to teach the aspiring actor their craft. Direction and acting are, in any case, widely different skill sets and not all directors are, or have been, actors (although every actor thinks they could be a good director).
There are the great acting schools - NIDA, WAAPA and so on, but they are hard to get into and not for everyone.
Nicholas Allen and Caitlin Gee learnt various aspects of stagecraft through 2014's The Gap program (Photograph courtesy of The Actor's Hub)
So the answer these days is acting classes, but there is a wide selection of choices, ranging from the 'send me lots of money and I'll send you a certificate' to the ones run by former, or better still, active professional actors.
The Actors' Hub is run by well-known actor and WAAPA graduate, Amanda Crewes, who says: "About 3500 students graduate from high school drama courses each year but with only a small number accepted into drama schools, many gifted young actors are forced to find a new career path."
Which is where the Actors' Hub's programme The Gap come in - it is designed to 'allow students to refine their skills as they learn from highly trained actors, directors and master teachers, gaining insights on how to develop an acting career, while waiting for the next annual intake for performing arts courses across the country.'
The Gap student Jordan Holloway in 2014 (Photograph courtesy of The Actors' Hub)
The course runs over forty weeks part-time from February to December with a one day and two half-day commitment (12 hours a week).
Entry is by audition only and students must be aged seventeen or above. Applications are now open. First round offers close December 12 and second round offers close January 16.
Audition fees are $60 and if you are successful the year's tuition will cost $9,000. More details and an application form may be obtained from their website or by ringing 6143 3568.
The Actor's Hub is at the Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hammersley Road, Subiaco.
Director of The Actors' Hub, Amanda Crewes (Photograph courtesy of The Actor's Hub)