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The Equity Foundation is delighted to announce that Australian performer Charmaine Bingwa has been awarded a scholarship at the prestigious Atlantic Acting School in New York City.

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The Equity Foundation received more than 120 applications and finalists were required to do an interview with an industry judging panel.

The industry judging panel says all finalists delivered insightful, impassioned and informed interviews during the final round of judging. “The task of choosing a winner was extremely difficult. In the end it came down to a judgement call on who might benefit most from the experience of six weeks intensive immersion in the Practical Aesthetics technique.”

Of winning the scholarship Bingwa says she is honored and humbled. "To be able to spend the Summer in New York dedicating myself to the craft of acting, studying at a school founded by theatrical giants David Mamet and William H. Macy is such an incredible opportunity. I'm excited to see where in-depth study of Practical Aesthetics takes my career."

The Summer Intensive scholarship (valued at $US3,700) will take place in New York City from July 2 – August 11, 2018. We are delighted that once again Foxtel are joining us to contribute a cash prize of $AU8,000 to assist with Charmaine’s flights and accommodation.

Bruce Meagher, Foxtel’s Group Director of Corporate Affairs says: “We would like to congratulate Charmaine on this significant achievement. We are confident this opportunity will enable her to grow as an actor and develop her tremendous potential. Foxtel is committed to contributing to a positive future for Australian media, arts and film by artists and supporting creative communities. Our longstanding partnership with the Equity Foundation ensures we can continue to support emerging artists and acknowledge achievement in our industry”.

Executive Director of the Atlantic Acting School and founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, Mary McCann says; “This was an extremely tough decision; the quality of talent and dedication to the arts among Equity members in Australia continues to impress us. We were not only impressed by Charmaine’s bravery and work ethic as a performer but also by her dedication to artistic growth. Her want and desire to become the best artist she can, is an inspiration to us all.”

The Atlantic Acting School, founded in 1987 by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, operates as both a private conservatory and an undergraduate program in conjunction with the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in Mamet and Macy’s unique and influential approach to acting: Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique.

Find out more about the Atlantic School here.  

For anyone interested in attending a Practical Aesthetics class in Sydney please click here for more information. 

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