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Sharjah Performing Arts Academy Launches Online Auditions and Interviews Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

by Eddie Rayner

Hopefuls from six countries have already applied to the regional auditions and interviews online this month

In just two weeks more than 40 applicants from six countries have used the online audition and interview process to become part of the region’s first and only dedicated performing arts academy, Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA).

SPAA set up online auditions and interviews to continue its global search for talented students following the closure of all schools and higher education institutions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Executive Director of SPAA, Professor Peter Barlow, commented: “In these challenging times young people from all over the world who want to become professional performing and production artists are staying positive and getting creative with their applications. We are in a very lucky position to be able to connect with our current students and engage with potential students through online platforms. The quality of the applicants using video auditions and interviews has been outstanding. We are still supporting the professional performing arts in these challenging times by moving some expectations and practices from the physical world to the virtual world; we are lucky to have the technology to keep building our successful and exciting academy.”

Despite the global discouragement of travelling and social distancing rules, SPAA has seen a positive response to its online auditions and interviews from applicants around the world, and has seen a 300% increase in applications from 25 countries compared to 15 last year.

Samantha Lloyd, Student Administration Manager at SPAA commented: “We are living, working and operating through unprecedented times, which calls for innovative measures to engage and support our SPAA students and the wider community. SPAA is committed to ensuring that current and future performing arts students are given every opportunity to pursue their higher education goals and professional, performing arts ambitions. Advanced and accessible technology brings people together and keeps them connected, even when situations call for social distancing and isolation. We are thrilled to have had such a positive response to our online video auditions and interview admissions process. This situation has shown us that creative people will find ways to pursue their ambitions and dreams, and that there is certainly a need and demand for higher education performing arts training here in the Middle East.”

For more information about SPAA’s undergraduate programmes, please visit www.spaa.ae/courses

To apply for online auditions and interviews, please register at https://ams.spaa.ae before Tuesday 31 March 2020.

SPAA admissions for September 2020 are now open!

Programme information: www.spaa.ae/courses

Direct application: https://ams.spaa.ae

Email: [email protected]