My good friend Ria Carnelle Albaladejo is a professional freelance graphic designer and thespian. Last year, Ria auditioned for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)'s Integrated Program.
More about the program:
"The Integrated Program provides comprehensive training in acting, dance, and vocal performance for stage and screen. Designed for the "triple-threat" performer, this intensive four-term program weaves together physical, imaginative and vocal coursework to developing skilled performing artists who possess a seemingly endless range of career possibilities."
She recently received the news that she has been accepted into this prestigious program. Only 21% of all applicants are accepted into this program, and being included in this select group is an accomplishment in itself already.
Why we want to help her:
I have worked with Ria both on-stage and backstage over the past 3 years. Aside from being her theatre colleague, Ria became like a sister to me. She is one of the main factors why I found the courage to continue pursuing theatre alongside my corporate life. Ria is a genuine person through and through; she's kind, talented, and always eager to learn.
In her 4-going-on-5 years in the theatre, Ria has become more and more passionate about her craft, investing so much in honing her creativity and artistry. She has also found a passion in supporting the local theatre community and creating safe and welcoming spaces for passionate thespians like her. She wants to be really good at her craft and be able to use it for our local theatre community in the Philippines. She doesn't want to perform for the money or for the fame; she believes theatre is a tool for awareness, and that acting shouldn't be anything but truthful. Having to fight for her passion in this world is extremely challenging, even to the point of exhaustion, but the sublimity of it all keeps her running. The knowledge that AMDA believes she has what it takes gives her so much hope and fire and drive to keep going, to inspire others, and be a better storyteller. We, her friends, don't want anything like financial problems hinder her from achieving that.
If you would like to know more about Ria's work, you can browse her online portfolio.
What she needs:
While she currently works as a graphic designer on top of her theatre work, her earnings are not enough for this opportunity. With this, I am appealing to you to help us, her friends, help her in reaching her goal of approximately $103,002.30, or ₱5,383,724.03, including other fees like airfare to New York, IETLS, and US student visa.
|AMDA tuition for 2 years*
|Airfare to New York||$573.97||₱30,000.00|
|US Student Visa||$160.00||₱8,362.88|
*Tuition fee for a year ($53,852.00) + deposit per year ($700.00) + additional expenses ($6,480.00) - financial package ($10,000.00) x 2 years
The initial $10,443.00 (approx. ₱545,834.72) tuition fee is due on July 1, 2019 and the next payment is due on August 1, 2019. AMDA has given her a scholarship grant of $6,000.00 and financial aid of $4,000.00 per year. Please see details of a year worth of fees below:
Any amount to help her pursue an AMDA education would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time!