16 year old Ayala from Hove is a talented ballet dancer and performer, and is currently taking her Intermediate ballet exam. She is also preparing to take her performing arts degree in two years. Ayala also attends Theatre Workshop, and had been offered a place on their advanced course, which her family were unable to fund. We awarded her the money to pay for her advanced training with Theatre Workshop.
Update November 2018
Ayala is currently looking at options for university and deciding between an academic or performance route. We will keep you posted on what she decides.
Update September 2018
Ayala and her mum Victoria received free tickets from Glyndebourne Opera House for their production of Saul. Fresh from its triumph at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival, Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio returned for a first revival, pairing baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new.
Ayala’s mum Victoria said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for Ayala to see all the sights and sounds of an Operatic Production. We loved having a wonderful picnic and being surrounded by all the other people dressed up for the experience. The Opera Saul was very dramatic. It was a great chance to see something completely different from Musical Theatre, giving Ayala a broader view of performing arts.”
Our Champions Outreach Manager Mel said: “We were thrilled that Glyndebourne chose to support a Starr Trust Champion to see their thrilling production for free. Thank you so much Lucy Perry and the team at Glyndebourne for making this possible.”
Update July 2018
We awarded Ayala a grant for a further year to train at Theatre Workshop Academy.