Life’s ex­am­ples the stuff of art

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Moya Stevens

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

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