SCREEN DREAM: Allie Osborn of Mt Coolum won a Coolum Theatre Players scholarship to go to a NIDA bootcamp.
SCREEN DREAM: Allie Osborn of Mt Coolum won a Coolum Theatre Players scholarship to go to a NIDA bootcamp. Iain Curry

Role on TV beckons after NIDA bootcamp

ALLIE Osborn has flown to Sydney to follow her passion for acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art bootcamp.

Coolum Theatre Players awarded the St Andrew's Anglican College student a $1000 scholarship.

Allie said she was fortunate to have received the support.

"I am of course extremely grateful for the incredible support of Coolum Theatre Players and in particular to Julia Loaney for her unconditional support and encouragement throughout the year," she said.

College head of arts Tara Mackie said Allie had been great to work with.

"Allie is a passionate and highly driven drama student," she said.

Players president Ms Loaney said the bootcamp provided Allie with a chance to work with other talented students from across the country.

Allie said the workshop had allowed her to be one step closer to her dream.

Mother Jenny Dews said she was "eternally grateful" for the support Allie had received from Coolum Theatre Players and St Andrew's.

The Year 11 students said she was privileged to take part in the intensive acting bootcamp.

"(It) allowed me to meet young actresses from across the country and work with talented coaches and mentors who were either past NIDA graduates or experts in the arts industry," she said.

Coolum Theatre Players has run a youth theatre program for more than 20 years.

Allie is also interested in law and journalism and hopes to be a television presenter.

She encouraged others to apply for the bursary and said she had learnt a lot.

"Travelling down to NIDA has been an absolutely phenomenal experience," she said.

The bootcamp focuses on skills in improvisation, character and scene work.

Visit http://www.open .nida.edu.au/courses/ demographic/young+people for more information.


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