Following a huge response to the third year of applications, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) international ambassadors Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson are delighted to announce the winners of their respective scholarships for 2018.
With an abundance of talented young women pitching incredibly exciting projects, Rose Byrne had a difficult job narrowing down the list for the ‘Rose Byrne Scholarship for Emerging Female Leader in the Arts’. However, after careful consideration Rose has selected NSW based emerging producer Imogen Gardam as her winner.
Imogen is absolutely delighted with the news. “This is an incredible opportunity and I’m deeply humbled to be the recipient of such an amazing scholarship. To be given the time and the resources to invest in and explore my development as an artist and producer, especially as an emerging practitioner, is so rare. I can’t thank Rose and ATYP enough”.
Likewise, ATYP ambassador Rebel Wilson found the process to narrow down her applicants to the final five a challenge. After considering the merits of each she has awarded the ‘Rebel Wilson Theatre-maker Scholarship’ – offered to an emerging artist interested in generating their own content – to Melbourne based artist and writer Madelaine Nunn.
Madelaine, most recently a writer for the ATYP production Intersection 2018: Chrysalis was thrilled to hear the news. “I’m thrilled and humbled to be the 2018 Rebel Wilson Scholarship Recipient, an opportunity I’m incredibly grateful for. ATYP has played a key role in nurturing my writing and theatre making skills and I can’t wait to create, play and experiment over the next 12-months. I will use this time and space to develop both my solo work as well as a new show with my theatre company, Three Birds Theatre. I have a keen interest in championing the female voice, and creating dark comedies that shine a light on unique parts of our society. This scholarship is an important step towards the creation of relevant, exciting new Australian work, as well as a significant step forward in my career as a theatre-maker, writer, and actor. I can’t wait to get started!”
The two winners will spend the next 12 months working with ATYP to realise their respective goals. Both artists will be in contact with the ambassadors throughout the year to update them on their progress. The 12-month scholarship will culminate with both recipients travelling to Los Angeles to present a showcase with the Australian Theatre Company and to be profiled at the G’Day USA Gala in January 2019.
For more information on the scholarships and the recipients throughout the year please watch our social media pages and visit the Scholarships page on our website.