TAS 12th grade student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney | The head of the daily newspaper in the North



EVERYONE will be a stage for Stephanie Clarkson, who got an early entry into one of Australia’s most prestigious theater management courses. The Grade 12 student from Armidale School said she was “ecstatic” to learn of her acceptance into a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Theater and Stage Management) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Sydney, one of some 60 students nationwide. Playing a no-nonsense role in directing is what she can think of as her second home, the Hoskins Creative Arts Center in TAS, where she learned stage, lighting and audio skills in the 240-seat theater built on measure. “I’ve never been a kid of the theater, it’s about being behind the scenes. Until I came to TAS and discovered the Hoskins Center and its incredible resources, I never would have thought to do something like that, ”she said. “I directed this year’s school musical, ‘Oliver!’ and I just loved it and realized that I didn’t want to do anything else. Having professional companies that use theater was also a learning experience and I helped get in and out of festivals in comedy from Sydney and Melbourne. ”Added to this was expertise in sound, lighting and stage management at an after-school club run by Hoskins Operations Manager Michael Cornford, himself a NIDA graduate. As part of a production project required for her NIDA app, Stephanie designed a concept set, props and storyboard for the musical “Hair” and was interviewed about her experience. The curriculum covers the theory and practice of stage management, production management, lighting, audio, technical drawing, and live performance video. Students also receive hands-on experience as stage managers, technical directors and technical designers and live production teams in NIDA theaters.



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