Stu­dents get tips from top

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

LEG­ENDARY Aus­tralian ac­tor Jack Thomp­son held a work­shop for third-year act­ing stu­dents at WAAPA last Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 3 while in Perth to re­ceive an hon­orary doc­tor­ate in per­form­ing arts from Edith Cowan Uni­ver­sity.

The work­shop fo­cused on screen per­for­mance and film­mak­ing and gave stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn from the vet­eran of Aus­tralian cinema.

Thomp­son, the found­ing pa­tron of the Jackman Fur­ness Foun­da­tion for the Per­form­ing Arts ( JFFPA), es­tab­lished last May, told stu­dents to value ed­u­ca­tion be­yond the achieve­ment of a qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“I’m al­ways happy to im­part some of my knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences with stu­dents,” the 74year-old ac­tor said.

“To­day’s work­shop gave me an­other chance to give back and con­trib­ute to an in­dus­try that has given me so much.”

While in Perth, Thomp­son also met cur­rent and po­ten­tial JFFPA donors whose sup­port has al­ready helped fund two projects for 2015 - the devel­op­ment of WAAPA’s Abo­rig­i­nal Theatre Pro­gram and a sea­son of ThePlay­boy of the West­ern World, per­formed by third-year act­ing stu­dents.

WAAPA stu­dent Lin­coln Vick­ery, of Wem­b­ley, and Jes­sica Pater­son, North Perth, at­tended the work­shop with Jack Thomp­son.

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