Nicholas Prior


Nicholas Prior - Class of 2014

Nicholas Prior graduated from QACI in 2014 after completing the IB Diploma and developing a signature creative praxis in Music and Theatre. Here’s Nick’s story.

“I am writing to let you know that I have been accepted in the BFA Acting program at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where I will commence study on the 4th of September.

CalArts is an internationally recognised school for the performing and visual arts – a conservatorium – just north of LA. It was founded with the intent to bring different art forms together and allow them to cross-pollinate, and in the process, foster collaboration and spark innovation. BFA and MFA degrees are offered in the fields of Theatre, Dance, Film, Music, Visual Arts, Animation and Writing. The CalArts artistic philosophy places an emphasis on exploration of new paths beyond conventional boundaries.

The audition process involved an individual audition before a panel followed by an individual call-back in front of the same panel, which involved an interview. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to visit the campus and shadow a student for a day, which helped to give me a better understanding of the course and environment. Upon receiving a place in the incoming cohort, I was also offered a partial scholarship and government grant, which I am very thankful for.

I’d like to thank Stephen Matthias and Simon Tate, whom I don’t think this opportunity would be possible without. The Theatre course at QACI shaped me as a young artist and prepared me for a life in the industry. On of the great things that stuck out for me in my interview with the Deans of both the BFA and MFA acting programs is that I could hold an conversation with them about Theatre as art, the future of the Theatre industry and my personal philosophy and artistry, and that is a testament to the kind of education I received at QACI.

I have spent the last 18 months working and collaborating with other artists in Brisbane including Terra Nemo Theatre Company (established by QACI Alumnus Gwilym Temple) and in a number of festivals including Anywhere Theatre Festival and Wonderland Festival with QACI Alumnus Coleman Grehan. Coleman and I have also been selected as finalists for the Short & Sweet Festival for his work The Persistence of Men On Me. The Gala Performance at the Powerhouse on 26 August will be my last local performance before I move.

Thank you to all my mentors, teachers and fellow artists – this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without you.”

Last reviewed 26 November 2018
Last updated 26 November 2018