Amy Burkett

Class of 2008

Amy BurkettAmy Burkett graduated from QACI with the Foundation cohort in 2008 after achieving her IB Diploma and developing a signature creative identity in Theatre and Film.

Amy followed her passion for Theatre and business and spent a year studying a Diploma of Makeup, and Drama at QUT. During this time she discovered the production side of Theatre, particularly Stage Management, and pursued this with a successful application to NIDA to study Theatre Production.

After graduating from NIDA in 2012 Amy worked non-stop in Theatre production. Working on theatre tours and mainstage shows with Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Malthouse Theatre and La Boite Theatre to name a few. She also worked on theatre projects with a remote community in far North Queensland, as well as time in London to work at the Royal Court Theatre. After 3 years of freelancing, Amy took a full time job as Technical Team Leader at The Riverside Theatre complex in Sydney.

Unfortunately at the beginning of 2016 Amy was diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder called Fibromyalgia. She decided to move back to Brisbane to be with family and take a step back from the high-pressure world of Theatre Production.  A true multi-potentialite, Amy has returned to another of her passions: Makeup. Amy has started her own business (because that’s not high-pressure at all!), Bluebird Natural Beauty, offering makeup workshops to provide clients opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Of her experience at QACI as an IB Learner Amy shared the following:

Whilst doing some volunteering with Queensland Arts Council Amy heard about QACI and chose to apply because of its Film and Theatre courses. She describes her education at QACI as challenging and exciting and one that opened opportunities to make lifelong friendships with like-minded people.

Completing the IB Diploma Program taught Amy that she could put her mind to anything and she could achieve anything. Having dyslexia had impacted on the study of languages at her previous school, however with support and world class educators Amy successfully and with enjoyment studied English and Spanish.

Amy credits the learning from Theory of Knowledge, a core element of the Diploma, as one of the greatest influences on her QACI journey. “Theory of Knowledge challenged me because it was unlike any school subject I had done before. One of the most important things I learned at QACI was how best I learned. This really prepared me for NIDA and working in the Theatre industry.”

 

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