Sunderland teenager lands place at Sir Paul McCartney’s performing arts school

Lauren Waine
Lauren Waine
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A YOUNG actress who has appeared in a host of productions on Wearside is on her way to seeing her name in lights.

Lauren Waine, 18, from Seaburn, will move to the North West this week to take up her spot at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where she will study BA Acting.

The former Monkwearmouth School pupil has performed as Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, at Sunderland Royalty Theatre, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, at the Customs House, and as Sleeping Beauty in the Tyne Theatre’s pantomime, as well as appearing in Metro the Musical and in a music video for rising folk act The Lake Poets.

Lauren, who has also won a Pride of South Tyneside Award for her talents, went through a rigorous audition process to gain a coveted place at LIPA, which was co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney.

She competed against thousands of applicants to impress the judging panel.

Lauren, who has studied at Sunderland College for the past two years, said: “Winning a place at LIPA was totally unexpected. The audition process was gruelling and required a lot of hard work, yet I believe I’m very lucky and I’m very excited to be on the course.

“I am aware that acting is an incredibly hard profession, with a multitude of knock-backs, low income, if any, and lots of hard graft. Yet I believe it to be one of the most rewarding when you get to see someone cry, laugh and totally immerse themselves in your work.”

Gemma Whelam, Lauren’s drama lecturer at Sunderland College, said: “Lauren is extremely talented and I’m absolutely thrilled she will be training at LIPA.

“She is a natural all-round performer and I’m positive that she will have a very successful future in this industry.

“We believe it is essential to offer our students as many opportunities as possible to enable them to fulfil their potential, and to ensure they have the guidance and flexibility they need to pursue their aspirations. The college’s alumni includes a breadth of gifted performers and we are proud to say we have been a part of their journey.”

Sunderland College has just opened a brand new Visual and Performing Arts building, at its Bede Campus, which features state-of-the-art facilities.