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All Saints’ Alumni headed to prestigious Sydney drama school

Friday,19 Jan

HotHouse Company celebrates with two former All Saints’ College students who have recently secured places at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, whose alumni include Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe and Hugo Weaving, to name but a few.

Nathan Langworthy (Class of 2011) and Ryan Panizza (Class of 2015) each auditioned for and won places of the ten that were offered nationally.

By chance, Nathan and Ryan had both been studying a Diploma of Acting at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) when they decided to audition for NIDA. The process involved performing both a contemporary and classical monologue.

“The fact that NIDA is in Sydney was a huge draw for me. It is the arts hub of Australia,” said Ryan, who will be relocating to the east in February.

Nathan added, “The alumni who have graduated from NIDA is really enticing to me. Pretty much every big Australian actor has come out of NIDA.”

Reflecting on their time at All Saints’ College, Ryan acknowledged the training he had received and believes it helped him get to where he is today.

“One of the best things that prepared me was the fact that Mr Stephen Roberts (Head of the Arts) was classically trained in Europe. I don’t think many Drama teachers in Perth have that level of experience,” said Ryan. “Mr Roberts knows what these big Drama schools are looking for, and so he really prepped us in Year 11 and 12. Mr Roberts was one of the first people I called when I got into NIDA,” he said.

Nathan added: “The quality of teaching that we received at All Saints’ is similar to courses that are provided at big Drama schools.”

Ryan and Nathan are among six Perth actors to be accepted into the full-time three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) course at NIDA in NSW next year. Four of the six have just completed their WAAPA Diploma course. Students at NIDA study from 9.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Nathan was featured in a short film for Tropfest called The Yellow Wallpaper, which was his first professional acting gig. It was a Fringe World Festival show last year which has been adapted to film.

While, Ryan filmed alongside Jacqueline McKenzie and Myles Pollard in the WA sci-fi film The Gateway last year. The film follows the story of a particle physicist Jane Chandler (McKenzie) grieving the loss of her husband (Pollard), who invents a way to bring him back. Ryan plays Jane’s son, Jake, in the film which is scheduled to be launched in early 2018 across the US and Australia. It has already won many awards including ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Director’ at the 2017 Austin Revolution Film Festival.

PHOTO: Nathan (left) and Ryan (right) visited All Saints’ College late last year after hearing the news of their acceptance into NIDA.

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