New Patron for Urban Myth

19 July 2010

Arts advocacy is a tough gig. How do you get your message to stand out when there are so many other (just as valuable) messages vying for attention?

Urban Myth Theatre of Youth have addressed this by engaging one of their past participants to be their patron. Actor/singer/performer/Silver Logie winner - and now patron of Urban Myth Theatre of Youth - Hugh Sheridan (best known for his role as Ben Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters), credits his passion for acting to his involvement with the company from a very young age.

Speaking about his new role, Sheridan stated: “I’m really pleased and humbled to be chosen to be the patron of such an essential drama school. I think [Urban Myth offers] a unique opportunity for children to explore acting on a level that I believe runs deeper than the Year 12 mould and focuses more on the creativity and the groundwork than most talent schools.”

For almost 30 years, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth has been offering workshop and performance experiences for young people aged five to 26 years of age. Participants have the opportunity to gain skills in all aspects of theatre making including acting, directing, design, technical theatre, tutoring and marketing, which builds pathways into the arts, and encourages young people to recognise their goals and to bravely work towards them.

Urban Myth Theatre of Youth is a Program Youth company receiving triennial funding by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council.

Image of the pirate ship

Photo: Jennie Groom, from 'The Pirate Ship', courtesy: Urban Myth Theatre of Youth.


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