Students get tips from top
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.