ALL the world will be a stage for Stephanie Clarkson, who has gained early entry into one of the most prestigious theatre management courses in Australia.
The Year 12 The Armidale School student said she was "ecstatic" to learn of her acceptance into a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, one of only about 14-16 students nationally.
Taking no small role in the achievement is what she may consider her second home, the Hoskins Creative Arts Centre at TAS, where she gained stage, lighting and audio skills in the custom-built 240 seat theatre.
"I was never a drama kid, it's about being backstage. Until I came to TAS and discovered the Hoskins Centre and its amazing resources I would never have thought about doing something like this," she said.
"I stage managed this year's school musical, 'Oliver!' and just loved it and realised there was nothing else I wanted to do. Having professional companies use the theatre has also been a learning experience and I helped with bumping in and out both the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals."
Added to that has been the expertise in sound, lighting and stage management at a lunchtime co-curricular club run by Hoskins Operations Manager Michael Cornford.
As part of a production project required for her NIDA application Stephanie designed a concept set, props and storyboard for the musical 'Hair' and was interviewed about her experience.
The degree course covers the theory and practice of stage management, production management, lighting, audio, technical drawing and video for live performance. Students also receive practical experience as stage managers, technical managers and technical designers and crew in live productions at NIDA Theatres.
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