Now in its fifth year, the annual Ambassadors Program gives students in Year 11 the chance to participate in a theatre enrichment program that offers experiences beyond the classroom and supports their passion for the arts.
MTC’s 2015 Ambassadors are Nesceda Blake, Lachlan Clarke, Lachlan Collie, Gemma Edwards, Calum Eerden, Ellis Finnie, Ava Govanstone, Lucy Holz, Jake Kirby, Anna Louey, Luke Macaronas, Pragyata Sharma, Mieke Singh-Dodd, Laura Thiele and Jethro Waldron.
‘Each year we welcome a new group of young theatre-enthusiasts as MTC Ambassadors to nurture, inspire and extend their passion for theatre and drama,’ MTC Executive Director Virginia Lovett said.
‘They are valued members of the MTC community and bring great energy and enthusiasm to the company.’
As MTC Ambassadors, the students meet theatre professionals, learn about the inner workings of one of Australia’s largest theatre companies and attend MTC productions.
They also take a leadership role as youth representatives within the company and as advocates for MTC within their school and social communities.
MTC Education Manager Suzie Thomas said the program gave the young people an opportunity to gain insight into the world of MTC, while sharing their own experiences with the company in a meaningful way.
‘We maintain a close connection with our Ambassadors after the conclusion of the program each year, and it’s been wonderful to see many of them moving on to higher studies and work within the performing arts when they finish school.’
Students are nominated for participation in the program by their teachers, with one nomination per school accepted. In 2015 there are successful applicants from 10 metro and 5 regional schools. The Year 11 theatre-lovers will meet monthly between now and December.