The 2016 Jennifer Blocksidge Memorial Fund Award was recently awarded to third-year acting student, Tom Yaxley.
The award is made possible by generous donors and is named in honour of the renowned former director of the La Boite Theatre Company. Awarded annually to the most outstanding acting student to enable them to pursue professional development opportunities, Tom was selected to receive the award after pitching his idea for creating a self-tape studio.
Self-taping is an audition method that requires actors to record themselves performing a script which is then sent onto their agent or casting directors. However, the self-taping method often presents a challenge for actors who struggle to give their best performance while simultaneously ensuring the production quality of their audition.
The new self-tape studio will provide a fully equipped space for acting graduates to prepare self-tape auditions, greatly increasing the production value of their tape and the level of their performance.
Tom said he took great pride in knowing those who support the award are so devoted to the future of creative arts.
“Thank you to the Blocksidge family and other supporters of this award – not just for your donations – but for your belief in me and my project,” Tom said.
“The donors who give to this award make a real investment in the future.”