Austin students prepare for a life of acting

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AUSTIN (KXAN/KNVA) — The school year has just begun but some Austin area high schoolers are already preparing for life after graduation.

For students in the Zach Theatre’s College Bound Conservatory, that life will probably involve acting.

“I knew that I liked the word,” says Emma Elizabeth Parsons, a student. “I knew that I liked what it meant, but I didn’t really understand what it meant to be an actor yet. And when I came to ZACH I felt like I was really being polished and like my craft was able to develop into something that was serious.”

“It is a multi-year program with the goal of helping your student get into a performing arts college,” says teacher, Kate Shaw Nappi. “We had students who started out not being able to make eye contact with people, and then by the end of their time here at Zach, they’re full of life and energy and are spokespeople for us about what ZACH has done for them… It’s a brand new program. Our first group seniors just graduated last year. They there was an average of 5 acceptances per student and they received over $200,000 in offered scholarship money, so the program’s working and we’re really excited to see that happening.”

For students interested in classes who aren’t yet in high school, the Zach Theatre has classes for kids starting at age 3. To learn more, click here.

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