Aspiring Bury St Edmunds actress wants help funding LA dream

Emma Baker
Emma Baker
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An aspiring actress and performer from Bury St Edmunds is seeking financial support for a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to study at a prestigious American drama school.

Emma Baker has spent the last year studying at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and, after auditioning at more than 10 drama schools, has been offered a place at the highly regarded American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles (LA).

The only catch is how much AMDA’s four-year BFA musical theatre degree program will cost.

AMDA has offered Emma an International Merit Scholarship to reduce her tuition fees by a total of $12,000, but the 20-year-old says the rest of her fees, along with accommodation and living expenses, will still cost her $39,520 a year - around £102,000 over the duration of her course.

She said: “When I went for the audition back in April this year, I was not expecting to even be offered a place on their course.”

She added: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would absolutely love the chance to study in America at one of the most highly prestigious and renowned drama schools.”

“The school is highly effective in turning their graduates into successful professional performers, with most of their alumni currently working in the industry, in top Broadway shows, film and television.”

Emma, a cadet assistant for Bury youth choir The Voice Squad, says she is unable to rely on ‘family help’ and has set up a crowdfunding website in the hope of securing enough money to pay for her first year, which she has deferred starting until spring 2016.

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