Life’s examples the stuff of art
LAST Sunday night Arts Nexus hosted a conversation with Alteouise DeVaughn and Jack Heywood to explore their pathways into the performing arts and to inspire others interested in the theatre.
Ms Avril Duck, Program Coordinator presented the conversation where Jack Heywood revealed he was an “accidental actor”.
“I was working as an agronomist in Grafton and to avoid moving to the Murrumbidgee, I decided to take a course in acting,” Jack said.
“Instead of registering for the course, I accidentally auditioned for a scholarship for NIDA and got accepted.
“So it is fair to say I got into the theatre not for art but for lifestyle,” he said.
Alteouise DeVaughn has had a stellar career in opera performance and told of her work and study to become an acclaimed mezzo-soprano.
“The lead in a production of the an opera in Italy pulled out an I was asked to take over the role in the Italian production,” Alteouise said. “I had to quickly learn the opera in Italian but this was the moment I thought ‘I made it’,” she said.
Both guest speakers agreed that The Clink was “a beautiful theatre”, existing primarily for the enjoyment of locals.
Claire Tierney, Arts Nexus’ FNQ Program Coordinator said the evening proved to be “a great conversation with Port Douglas’s cultural leaders”.
Art Nexus' Avril Duck and Claire Tierney with Alteouise DeVaughn and Jack Heywood