Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, a Wellington, New Zealand based institute is now offering a new Scholarships for the students for the year 2015. The institute has now stated that the quality of the candidates for The Museum Art Hotel Scholarship and Bill Guest Award this year was exceptional, and thanks to the generosity of The Fame Trust, they are now able offer students a scholarship for 2015 – the Fame Trust Award.
As with their other awards, students are nominated by their peers and staff, and they are seeking the following qualities:
· Excellence – consistent application of skills and investment in the process of learning.
· Presence – shown through continued contribution and engagement in kōiwi and across the School
· Leadership – demonstrated across the wider school community
The recipient of the Fame Trust Award for 2015 is second year Design for Stage & Screen student Charley Draper. Charley Draper moved to Wellington 2 years ago after graduating from Kerikeri High School. When asked about his experiences at the school so far, Charley replied: “At Toi Whakaari I have found an environment that has constantly been stimulating for me, provoking me to keep driving and challenging myself as well as the depth and quality of my work.”
Charley visited NIDA in Sydney at the end of his first year as part of an exchange and worked alongside their second year Design students, helping them realise their conceptual designs into full scale productions across four shows. This year he interned with Ian Hammond, the AV Designer for World of Wearable Arts, working alongside Ian and Rowan Pierce as they grew their projection design into realisation for the Avant-Garde section of WOW 2014.
“I am very interested in the relationship between music and visual media, in the amount of content we consume on a daily basis and how this content is constantly being digested, deconstructed, manipulated and reconstructed. I am interested in how these types of content can be inter-relational. Where elements can combine and coincide, mesh or be composed against each other in both live performance and in film. In my final year at Toi Whakaari I am looking to drive these interests through my independent work as well as integrate them through cross-discipline collaborative projects.”
Charley received his award at the Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School graduation ceremony on Wednesday the 12th of November 2014. Toi Whakaari is extremely grateful to the Fame Trust whose generosity made this award possible.