$250,000 in prestigious AMDA scholarships available for talented South Africans: Details

IATS AMDA scholarships
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The Director of 33 & Me Talent Agency, Elsubie Verlinden, has secured $250,000 in partial scholarships for South African talent to study at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles or New York City.

AMDA is the best college for the performing arts in America. Scholarships will be awarded for their teen programmes, the dance conservatory and dance BFA programmes, as well as their acting, film and musical theatre programmes. 

IATS AMDA scholarships: ‘Anything is possible’

Elsubie, who will be the Premier Agent for AMDA in South Africa, says, “This is your season. If you work hard, do the preparation and perfect your craft, anything is possible.”

Elsubie is also Producer at The International ARTS Talent Showcase (IATS), which will hold its 11th annual showcase from 23 to 25 September 2021 at the Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp. This year’s theme is “My African Dream.”

“We are super excited to announce that we have contestants from all nine provinces present at our 11th Annual ARTS Talent Showcase. This year’s calibre is high and we are ready to showcase our local talent to the world,” Elsubie explains.

“The program will be insightful, educational and inspirational. It will share the stories of hopeless dreamers that become victorious do’ers. Through years of experience, we have created platforms where creatives can launch their career paths both locally and internationally.”

This year’s showcase will be broadcast on the Live Your Dream TV show on VIA TV. Founded by Elsubie, the show’s aim is to inspire young, new and aspiring talent to live out their unique dream. 

Celebrity IATS judges to pick scholarship candidates

AMDA will be sending two celebrity adjudicators, Santana Trujillo and J. Elaine Marcos, who are also AMDA alumni, to select deserving candidates for the scholarships.

Other judges will include Nate Butler (A&R for America’s Got Talent and X-Factor), Blaze Johnson (The Voice Season 8), Rhavynn Drummer (independent casting director for Tyler Perry Studio’s) and Kamey Butler, Global Brand Design Programs Head at Netlix.

Public tickets for The International ARTS Talent Showcase will be available from 15 September. If you are interested in joining the 11th IATS as a spectator, you can email info@itsartsafrica.co.za.

Moreover, J. Elaine will be hosting an acting for film, theatre and dance workshop during her time here.

The three-hour workshop will be held at 33 & Me Talent Agency on 21 September with limited space available, due to regulations. To book your spot, please email education@amdasa.co.za.

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