Screenwise embarks on ambitious search for Australia’s next great actor

Oct 27, 2017 | News

Screenwise – Australia’s Leading Film and TV School for Actors – launches the Founder’s Scholarship, a program that will offer one talented young actor the opportunity to study at the acclaimed Film and Television Acting School. The Scholarship is designed to provide a wealth of professional acting opportunities for what is being dubbed as the nation’s widest search for the next great Australian actor.

Valued at $35,000 The Founder’s Scholarship covers tuition fees for the Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) Program over the complete course of two years. This will also include production of the Scholarship recipient’s Showreel and Industry Graduation Showcase upon completion of the program. In addition to full subsidisation of tuition fees, the successful applicant will receive mentoring from a range of critically acclaimed and award-winning actors throughout their studies.

The Founder’s Scholarship was introduced by Screenwise as a response to the increasing difficulty young actors currently face when accessing quality skills training across Australia. Economically and socially disadvantaged students are most affected, and continue to experience challenges towards the pursuit of a career as a professional Film and Television actor.

Screenwise CEO and Actress Denise Roberts reflected on the impact that limitations to screen acting education in Australia will have on promising young actors, stating “Acting is about empathy, learning to walk in other peoples shoes. Rob a young person of their dreams and you rob them of their real potential to make a positive contribution and a chance to become a civilising influence on society. However, there is so much more to acting training than just the fundamentals. It’s a highly competitive business, and the best training for this type of competition is a fully rounded specialised screen acting program that will not only nurture and encourage students to reach that full potential, but will prevent them from being exploited in many more ways than the obvious ones in the news currently. A young actor needs to know the ropes so that they can steer their careers safely in the right direction.

Now in it’s seventeenth year, Screenwise continues to provide state-of-the-art screen acting training and support to thousands of Australian actors. Numerous Screenwise Alumni have continued onwards to great success in Australia and across the globe. In addition to the Founder’s Scholarship, Screenwise continues to take part as a principal sponsor of the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship Award each year.

Commenting on the importance of Scholarship programs, Ms Roberts said “There are far too many talented people out there who have an enormous amount to offer, but are held back due to lack of funds, making vocational acting training for the elite. If we want diversity in our actors, and a true representation of Australia and who we are, then we have to provide the opportunities for that to happen. The Founder’s Scholarship and the Heath Ledger Scholarship are providing wonderful opportunities for someone out there to become the next Cate Blanchett or the next Hugh Jackman. Someone who will be a great ambassador that we as a nation can be proud of”.

Screenwise is now accepting submissions for the Founder’s Scholarship with applications closing 1st December 2017. Those interested in the Scholarship can visit or contact Screenwise on 02 9281 4484.

Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT)
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The Screenwise 10065NAT Diploma of Screen Acting is a two-year, full-time, Government accredited course which offers students the most advanced acting theories and professional industry training today.

Based on the “Roberts Method”, the Diploma of Screen Acting mixes a strong academic element with a hard-nosed professionalism. It provides total focus and immersion training in the unique skills and techniques required for screen acting so that actors can meet the demands of today’s film and television industry across the globe.


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