TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) graduate Kate Cheel has won the 2012 Adelaide Critics Emerging Artist Award for her performance in the State Theatre Company’s production of The Glass Menagerie.
The play, which received positive reviews during its performance earlier this year, found Kate in the role of a physically and emotionally crippled girl living within the confines of the Great Depression with her brother, a frustrated aspiring poet, and their overbearing mother.
“I felt a golden glow around the whole production of The Glass Menagerie and it’s beautiful knowing the feeling was shared,” Kate said of winning the award.
“It’s a tough arena for young actors, for any freelancing actors really, so knowing your work is appreciated is of course a great motivator and confidence booster.”
Kate graduated from AC Arts in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) and performed in The State Theatre Company’s production of Three Sisters during her final year.
“AC Arts allowed me the flexibility to incorporate working at State Theatre into my final year curriculum so that I could perform in Three Sisters, which led to my role in The Glass Menagerie,” she said.
“AC Arts has a strong relationship with State Theatre Company; they come see all the student productions so that they then track the progress of the students and have them in mind when casting opportunities come along.”
Funded by Arts SA, the Adelaide Critics Circle awards are South Australia’s leading awards for achievement in the performing and visual arts.
AC Arts graduates featured twice in the nominations, with 2008 Acting graduate Tim Overton nominated for his role in The Call by Junglebean Theatre Company, which was shown at Bakehouse Theatre during October. Find out more about Acting at the Adelaide College of the Arts