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An Update from 2015 Young Ambassador, Phoebe Sullivan

Thursday 14 January 2016

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Hello! Well, 2015 has proven to be quite a busy year indeed! After the conclusion of the Perth International Arts Festival, I started my second year of performing arts at WAAPA. A part of my studies, I was fortunate enough to perform at a theatre conference in Singapore, hosted by Lasalle College of the Arts. Additionally, the second year students and I had the pleasure of performing Hidden Traces at the Western Australian Museum in October, directed by guest-director, Lorna Marshal (The Body Speaks: Performance and Expression, 2001).

Outside of university, I have had the pleasure of being part of multiple independent projects, such as James Berlyn’s Dreamstore, organised through Propel Youth Arts WA, and WAAPA lecturer Frances Barbe’s creative development showing in Brisbane.

Currently, I am part of a recently founded theatre troupe, Your Mouth Collective. Together, Lukas Radovich, Madeleine Lewis and I are raising funds via our Pozible campaign in order to support our 2016 season.  I am also in the process of devising a solo piece that will be performed as part of The Blue Room’s 600 Seconds program for 2016.

Travelling back in time to the beginning of the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival, I honestly had no idea what to expect or what would arise from it, however, it’s quite apparent that a lot of my confidence and drive has originated from my time as a Young Ambassador. Over several weeks, I learnt that professionalism is golden – especially if you’re young and inexperienced like I was – and if you make your enthusiasm known, people will always be willing to share their skills and process with you.

My advice? Be curious! Ask questions. Network. Learn as much as you physically and possibly can. There is truly a wealth of knowledge and experience at your fingertips – you’d be mad not to take advantage of it.

I wish you all the best and a great start to 2016.