The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and international ambassadors Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson have announced the respective winners of the 2020 scholarship and commission.
Chika Ikogwe, who Rose Byrne chose as the 2020 recipient of the Rose Byrne Scholarship For Emerging Female Leader In The Arts is a Nigerian-Australian actor, writer, and recent graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).
She will work towards her scholarship goal, “I want to create workshops that give BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) the opportunity to come and learn acting, singing, dancing, and performance making.
“My aim is for this to be a heavily subsidised, if not free program,” as she believes everyone, regardless of socio-economic factors should be able to access the program.
Victoria Zerbst, who was the recipient of the second ever Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission is a comedy actor, writer, and political satirist. On her plans for the commission, she said, “Over the next 12 months, I’ll be collecting and reworking the songs I wrote throughout my high school years and turning them into a very camp comedy musical!”
The two will spend the next year working with ATYP to reach their individual goals and will remain in contact with the ambassadors to update them on their progress.
By Rida Babar