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AC Arts graduate is Adelaide critics’ choice

Dec 06, 2011

Charles Sanders - Acting Student

TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) acting graduate Charles Sanders has won the 2011 Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Artist of the Year Award on 5 December at The Arts Theatre.

Mr Sanders who graduated from the Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) was nominated for his role as Artistic Director of Early Worx, an Adelaide-based theatre company which creates work involving young and emerging performers.

On being nominated by the Adelaide Critics Circle Awards, Mr Sanders said: “It's a wonderful feeling to be recognised, in the form of this nomination, but a little strange. For me the nomination says more about the wonderful artists who trusted me enough to come on the ride with me this year, and to the work they've created.”

For Mr Sanders the idea of Early Worx grew out of a series of conversations with Dushyant Kumar, co-ordinator of Higher Ground Inc. in late 2010.

“We wanted to create a perpetual stepping stone company for graduates and other emerging artists, and Higher Ground kindly offered us a space in which we could do that - and keep our costs down, which is integral in the arts!” Mr Sanders said.

The role of Artistic Director of Early Worx keeps Mr Sanders very busy from creating the season to working with various actors, musicians and directors to bring the shows to life.

During his study at AC Arts, Mr Sanders thrived on the encounters with other artists - from lecturers to guest lecturers, directors, professional actors and fellow students - who all had their own methodology to acting.

“At AC Arts there's no hierarchy of ideas, or 'this is how we do it here and no other way is valid', the training is a constant conversation about the multifarious hows, whys and wherefores and which of them is going to work for each individual student,” Mr Sanders said.

AC Arts Creative Director Christie Anthoney couldn’t be more proud of Mr Sanders who she said was always a self-driven, highly motivated and talented student.

“Adelaide College of the Arts is proud to have contributed to his professional career and congratulate him on the award. Get ready to get used to hearing the name Charles Sanders…he’s on to something,” Ms Anthoney said.

In addition fellow AC Arts alumni were nominated for 2011 Adelaide Critics Circle Awards:

Individual Award
Tamara Lee (1998), actor, That Face
David Mealor – acting casual staff lecturer - director, Buried Child with the State Theatre Company

Group Award
Luke Clayson (2005) and Nic English (2008) Holding the Man with the State Theatre Company

Group Award – Amateur Theatre
University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, The Pillowman- cast Bart Csorba (2001)

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