As soon as Emily Fuller started her TAFE at School course in community theatre, she knew acting was going to be her future.
During Year 11, Emily Fuller was enrolled with TAFE at School and getting a taste of an adult-learning environment while gaining a vocational qualification.
She started out studying a Diploma of Business (BSB50215) to see if it was the right pathway for her after graduation. But after she completed a theatre workshop, she realised the course didn’t feed her creative spark.
“I wasn't enjoying the business diploma, so after I completed the theatre workshop I asked my vocational education teacher if there was a performing arts course that I could study instead of business,” explains Emily.
“My teacher suggested TAFE Queensland’s Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events (Acting) (CUA30213). I’m so glad they did because as soon as I began my studies, I knew acting was going to be my future.”
During her studies, her industry-experienced teachers taught her how to engage with audiences — both from the stage and in front of the camera.
“We learnt how to perform to a live crowd by over-exaggerating physical movement and using projection techniques to ensure people from the front row to the back row were engaged,” says Emily.
“We also learnt how to deliver monologues, engaging the body to physically perform and to grow in confidence when getting into character.”
Also helping her learn her craft was her hard-working classmates who worked as a team, supporting, challenging and learning from each other.
“We all put 100 per cent into our studies and I think it shows. It’s amazing to think about how we’ve all changed over the course — both as performers and as people."
“Our teachers pushed us all to be better by using their real-world, industry experience and career knowledge to encourage us, develop our strengths, and improve on our weaknesses,” Emily continues.
“I look back to when I started and I’m a much better performer now. The other great thing was that the practical and fun classes didn’t feel like study and it’s amazing to see how quickly we learnt!”
After learning the craft of performance for a year, the class brought their acting skills together to perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at TAFE Queensland’s Norman Price Theatre at the South Bank campus.
“It was a big night – we performed the show twice in front of a live audience of hundreds of our friends and family," she said.
“Naturally, we were all very nervous during the first performance, but by the second show, the nerves had settled and was our performance was filled with excitement."
“I played both Hippolyta and Titania, which was a challenge, but I loved it and my family was blown away to see how far I’d come!” laughs Emily.
Now that Emily has finished the certificate III she plans to continue her studies in the performing arts area, first studying musical theatre before returning to TAFE Queensland to complete the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance) (ARB401). The bachelor is offered in partnership with the University of Canberra at TAFE Queensland's South Bank campus.
“My certificate course was fantastic, and performing on stage was such an exhilarating experience it cemented that this is the career for me,” Emily says.
“I plan to keep studying and learning different performance disciplines to achieve my ultimate dream to one day perform in a powerful female lead role on London’s West End.”