The day after his final performance as Owen Glendower in the school play 'Henry IV', Sam auditioned in London for the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and was delighted to be awarded The Sanford Meisner Merit Award Scholarship for their four-week summer programme.
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA), is a professional acting training conservatory in New York City for actors focusing on acting for film and television and the stage, including television dramas, commercials, motion pictures, internet serials, and voice overs. In addition to its popular summer programme, it also runs a two-year and a three-year course.
Their website www.sft.edu describes the course as "a rigorous, but exhilarating four-week program that offers you a challenging opportunity to explore acting techniques, camera performance skills, commercial basics, film and TV basics, improvisation and more, with a dedicated, professional faculty of working actors and directors. You’ll interact with students from all over the U.S. and the world and be part of a truly unique New York cultural experience. These include meeting industry movers and shakers from agents to casting directors to real actors with helpful advice."
In the same week that Sam heard about this scholarship, he also won the Best Delegate Award at the Paris MUN Conference - the latest in a string of MUN awards he has won.
Sam's outstanding performance as Malvolio in last year's school musical 'What You Will' helped to earn the show a hat-trick of five star reviews when it went up to the Edinburgh Festival in August (and can be seen once more on 7th January 2012 when the show is put on again at the Royal College of Music).
Sam is a Barnaby Music Scholar at Shrewsbury, is a member of our Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, Acapella Group, a CCF (RAF section) cadet and is heading towards his DofE Gold Award. He has been a soloist at several of our concerts, taken lead parts in several school plays, is involved with a theatre group in Chester, and had to turn down a part in the Welsh National Youth Opera Company last year, because the rehearsals clashed with his GCSEs.
Sam will be playing the part of Monostatos in the school opera 'The Magic Flute' next term.