De­signs on the­atre ca­reer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PATRICK Howe has gone from be­ing a cab­i­net maker to chas­ing his dreams at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Arts (NIDA).

The former Carlisle res­i­dent moved to Syd­ney ear­lier this year to start his Master of Fine Arts, which he hopes will help him ful­fil his dreams.

“I started a cab­i­net mak­ing ap­pren­tice­ship af­ter leav­ing school in Year 9. It wasn’t un­til I went to uni to do a Dig­i­tal Arts De­gree that I started to get into the­atre per­for­mance,” he said.

“I moved from Can­berra to Perth to study the­atre de­sign at WAAPA.

“I thought it would just be about mak­ing sets but it was also about de­sign­ing cos­tumes.

“I mostly de­signed quite con­tem­po­rary cos­tumes but there was a pro­duc­tion of Ham­let that in­cluded me­dieval out­fits.”

Howe said he ap­plied for NIDA last year and re­ceived a call in De­cem­ber that he had been ac­cepted, which was a great feel­ing for him.

“There are some great men­tors and it’s a great school; it’s a very full-on course,” he said.

“One of the things I’ve en­joyed was in the last show, play­ing around with an LED pro­jec­tor screen with a video de­signer.

“The Mas­ters goes for about 18 months with 12 months of course­work and six months work­ing on a the­sis.

“I’d love to get some work but ob­vi­ously there is no of­fi­cial way into work, so I’ll be based be­tween Syd­ney and Perth.

“I guess I’d love to work on one ma­jor show per year and work more with video.”

Patrick Howe is fol­low­ing his dream.

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