Fancy yourself as the next Lucy Durack or Sam Worthington but don't know where to start? Never fear, help is at hand.
Subiaco-based The Actors' Hub has a course designed to help actors break into the industry, as well as some of Australia's leading acting schools such as WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
The part-time course runs for 40 weeks and helps to reduce the gap between high school drama and the next important step that will actors advance their careers. Give this, the program has been aptly-titled The Gap.
Whether it's stage or screen, professional training in preparation and performance techniques are on offer during school terms from February to December. To make life a little more flexible, it's only a 12-hour commitment each week with one full day and two half days.
Amanda Crewes set up The Actors' Hub in 2012 to provide a serious focus for those wanting to learn more about the acting profession. Similar to Sydney's Actors Centre and Melbourne's 16th Street, it's a true hub where people can focus on the craft of acting, working with industry professionals as much as possible.
And Amanda certainly has the credentials… after graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 1998, Crewes went on to work professionally with Effie Crump, Class Act, Handzon, Agelink, Kompany M, Melbourne's Playbox and Barking Gecko Theatres, Dirty Dicks Theatre Restaurant and the Perth Theatre Company.
She has performed with several professional independent theatre groups in shows such as Italian American Reconciliation, Wolfe Lullaby and Conundrum, which earned her an Equity Guild Award nomination for best supporting actress.
Following her own successful career and her father's belief anyone could learn to act, Amanda decided to teach others the art of performance.
"I love creating alongside other creatives," she says. "When I started teaching, I was encouraged by many people to start my own school. I am passionate about the performing arts and helping people achieve their dreams and potential within the industry."
2014 Gap students Emma Harvey, Jordan Holloway and Nicholas Allen.
2014 graduate Ciara Taylor described The Gap program as challenging and fun while also preparing her for the industry.
"Amanda is an honest and reliable teacher whose opinion is full of experience," she said. "She tries her best to give us every opportunity possible."
Quaid Kirchner, another graduating student, added: "I'd recommend the course to people who are truly determined and passionate for the art of acting because you learn what's truly required to make it into the industry."
Amanda says The Gap provided a serious focus for those wanting to learn more about the acting profession in a fun, innovative and professional environment.
"We aim to help people get there, wherever that may be," she said. "We want people to feel safe to dream, empowered to dare and inspired to do. There are limited places on offer at Australia's major drama schools which results in some of the country's most talented performers being overlooked.
"The Gap highlights how people might actually be getting in their own way, holding themselves back from achieving what they want out of their acting."
If you're keen to get involved, entry to The Gap is by audition only. You need to be 17 or over and, importantly, offers to be part of the 2015 program close January 31.
For more information, head to www.actorshub.net to download an audition form, call 6143 3568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Actors' Hub is part of the Subiaco Arts Centre, located at 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco.
Clockwise from left: Ciara Taylor, Nicholas Allen, Justin Gray and Emma Harvey putting skills learnt through The Gap to test on stage.
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