Acting up pays off
COMO local Eva Mullaley has received a State Government grant to attend the Aboriginal Arts Fellowship at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
COMO resident Eva Mullaley’s advice for up and coming actors is that skills pay the bills.
The theatre professional has just received a State government grant to attend the Aboriginal Arts Fellowship at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
“If you want to work in this industry you have to be very multi-skilled - be willing to throw your hand in to anything,” Mullaley said.
“The more you learn about the industry the more employable you are.
“Even for actors, if they can sing and dance they are a lot more employable,” she said.
Mullaley first got the bug for theatre 12 years ago when she entered the Aboriginal course at WAAPA.
“It only took me a year to realise I wanted to direct and manage, which is what got me into the industry,” she said.
“I decided that was the industry for me and kept working and did most parts of live theatre.”
The 34-year-old already has extensive experience directing, producing and managing theatre and now wants to hone her skills in writing and creating plays.
So far the aspiring writer has worked with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, acting, directing and stage managing several productions including works by Australian playwrights Richard Frankland and David Milroy.
“I have been involved in the last five end of year productions of Aboriginal theatre,” Mullaley said.
“David Milroy’s productions are always fantastic - raw and so real and Aboriginal theatre based, I couldn’t pick a favourite one.
“Conversations with the Dead by Richard Frankland was heart-wrenchingly magical, it is about deaths in custody and the Royal Commission into deaths in custody.”
Mullaley says she is looking forward to creating some exciting new scripts and productions.
Eva Mullaley will be attending WAAPA after receiving a grant to study.