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A good act to follow

Two Tafe graduates are establishing a professional actor-run theatre company in Benalla.

December 26, 2012 4:44am

Colette Quin has just completed the three year Advanced Diploma of Acting at Goulburn Ovens Tafe — GRADA in Benalla.

TAFE graduate Colette Quin, along with Jennifer Gordon, is in the process of establishing a professional actor-run theatre company based in Benalla for emerging artists who wish to build on their skills.

Broken River Theatre Company (BRTC) will be made up of an artistic director, a creative producer, a committee and an ensemble of GRADA graduates and other professional artists.

‘‘Overall, I have a confidence in all facets of performance that I would not have had if I had not completed the Advanced Diploma of Acting at GRADA,’’ Ms Quin said.

‘‘I understand the importance of continued learning in the future, but realise that I can get professional work as an actor and performer, I can create my own work, I can establish and run a successful theatre company in Benalla.’’ Colette received the 2012 Outstanding GRADA Graduate Award this year and also received a regional Georgy Award for Best Actor for her portrayal of Blanche Dubois in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Ms Gordon has also had a positive experience at GRADA, saying the course has opened a new window in her life.

‘‘This study has enabled me to step through and find myself a part of the exciting creative world of theatre,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, GRADA graduate Eleanor Kennedy has been accepted into the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts production course.

She begins her training in Melbourne next year and will build on her skills and experiences as a lighting designer and stage manager gained at GRADA.

GRADA, part of GOTAFE Benalla, is offering a new one-year course in Theatre, Dance and Production starting in 2013, headed by MTC director Matt Scholten. For more information email Mr Scholten on, visit or phone GOTAFE Benalla on 57604507.

People interested in the Broken River Theatre Company can contact Colette and Jennifer at

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