As the Start Your Dream theatre project is gaining momentum, the new batch of students accepted to the upcoming workshop will be revealed soon, said Adel Hassaan, the director of the Youth Theatre in Cairo.
Hassaan added that the final selection of the workshop's attendees for the acting and directing courses will be completed by the end of 1 February.
In its fourth round in Cairo, the Start Your Dream project saw 1560 applicants submitting their portfolios to the workshop's acting section and 28 to the directing section.
The chosen participants will then go through extensive training led by theatre specialists and academics such as Kamal Attia, Mohamed Nabil Mounib, and Abeer Lotfi in the acting department; Alaa Abdel Aziz in drama; Karim Arafa in vocal performance and singing; and Karima Bedair in choreography.
The project that aims to educate young people in theatrical arts (acting, directing, scenography, light design, etc.) was launched in 2018 by Hassaan, and it immediately attracted large scores of Cairo students interested to explore their talents through a six-month long training.
Among the achievements of the Youth Theatre’s acting workshops was the play Beit Al-Ashbah (The Ghost House), which was performed by young actors in 2019. The play was written and directed by Mahmoud Gamal Hedindi.
During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the initiative was moved to an online platform under the culture ministry's YouTube channel. Viewers were able to attend online workshops that consisted of short lectures covering a variety of theatre issues with the aim of developing young talents.
Throughout the past editions, numerous theatre specialists shared their expertise during the workshop, presenting topics on acting, drama, and stage performance.
Supported by Egypt's culture ministry, the workshops then continued across Egypt's governorates, such as Beni Suef, Kafr El-Sheikh, Port Said, Kerdasa in Giza, Aswan, Fayoum, and the latest was in Sharqiya.
The culture ministry stressed the adherence to precautionary measures against the coronavirus in all ongoing and upcoming trainings.
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