AGE AT AWARD: 19
ARTFORMS: Musical Theatre
From Stepps, near Glasgow, Louise was described as “a hell of a voice” by one of UK’s leading casting directors. She is one of the first recipients of a Dewar Arts Award.
A graduate of the Knightswood School's musical theatre course, Louise was their first student to gain a place at Broadway's number one Performing Arts college, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York (better known as the school of “the kids from Fame” television series).
Not only that, but she also won a scholarship beating off fierce competition from thousands of American hopefuls.
Louise writes: "Training at the AMDA has been a fabulous tool for preparing me to enter the theatre world….. I learned so much in my time there and gained the support and respect of many of my teachers."
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award helped fund Louise for two years at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Since the Award
After successfully graduating from AMDA, Louise writes, "training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy has been a fabulous tool for preparing me to enter the theatre world of New York." She continues to seek work in New York and is currently cast in one of the lead roles in an Off-Broadway musical starting in January 2006.