TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts graduate and emerging South Australian actor and director Charles Sanders has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Neil Curnow Award.
Charles will use his $10,000 prize to undertake intensive professional development at the Saratoga International Theatre Initiative (SITI) and Paul Lucas Productions in the United States.
Administrated by the Independent Arts Foundation, in collaboration with the Helpmann Academy and Arts SA, the Neil Curnow Award is made possible through the generous bequest of the late Neil Curnow.
The Award is open to final-year students and graduates who have studied theatre direction, theatre lighting, acting or voice at the Flinders Drama Centre and TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts.
Charles will undertake an intensive four-week training regime at SITI in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he will focus on the Viewpoints and Suzuki methods of theatre training and creation.
A further six weeks will be spent working with Paul Lucas at Paul Lucas Productions in New York City, working as a mentee director and producer. Charles will specifically be working on the development of The Gender Project – a new work of verbatim theatre relating to the experiences of transgender people around the world.
“The opportunity of working directly with SITI and developing a new theatre project with Paul Lucas will offer me an exciting glimpse into arts and theatre practices from around the world, invaluable skills and insights that I can bring back and apply to my own work in South Australia,” Charles says.
“The Neil Curnow Award gives me a once in a life time chance to completely immerse myself in all facets of New York theatre which would otherwise not be possible. It is an incredible opportunity!”
Since graduating from the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2010, Charles has worked continuously in independent theatre, establishing Early Worx Theatre Company.
Over the past 18 months, Early Worx has produced eight original stage productions, three return seasons and an international tour of Love Child to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012. Charles is currently directing Early Worx’s latest production for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe, Anthony Weigh’s Like A Fishbone.
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