Wac Arts reveals new Patron Owen Teale

Oewn-Teale-7028-Portrait1Game of Thrones star supports North London performing arts charity

Wac Arts is delighted to announce that actor Owen Teale has become their newest patron. Joining a diverse group of actors and performers including Simon Callow and Niomi Daley (Ms. Dynamite) Ann Mitchell and Danny Sapani. Owen is a fantastic addition to a talented cohort, all of whom are passionate about supporting performing arts and media education for children and young people who need it most. From his television debut in The Mimosa Boys in 1984, numerous other stage and screen roles have followed, including a Tony Award win for his performance in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Most recently TV phenomenon brought him recognition with a global audience as Ser Alliser Thorne. In a recent interview with Times Education Supplement Owen said, “Nobody around me had any experience of acting as a profession, only a sense of famous people and stars. I’m now involved in Wac Arts, an organisation supporting young people who often come from challenging backgrounds like mine.”

Currently staring in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land with fellow actors Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, Owen has been a supporter and advocate for Wac Arts since attending an industry event in 2015. Last year Bloomberg welcomed him to the trading floor for their annual charity day, and acting as an ambassador for Wac Arts he was a huge hit, bringing the Game of Thrones spirit to the day. Wac Arts CEO Celia Greenwood said, “I am thrilled that Owen Teale has agreed to become our new patron. Not only does he bring specialist expertise which he will share with demonstrated his commitment and passion to continue our vital work.” Owen has already put the Wac Arts winter fundraiser in his diary, where he’ll be performing with fellow patron Simon Callow and a host of other famous friends.

Owen Teale is the face of the new giving campaign Supporting Cast. Supporting Cast will raise money for Wac Arts’ inspiring and essential programmes for young people. Due to touring Owen was unable to attend the Revolution event where the new scheme was launched but is a key support to the scheme and its desire to raise fund for the young people at Wac Arts who need it most. Owen will be filming some exciting vox pops and other publicity stunts to help promote the new scheme and maximise its potential in raising money for programme.

In Owen’s place, Casualty star and Wac Arts Alumna, Martina Laird gave a rousing speech at the Revolution event last Sunday, telling the audience about her journey, her passion to Wac Arts and the work that is done to be an inclusive, nurturing platform for young performers, many of whom would not of been able to access the arts due to financial or personal hardship. She stated that for just two coffees a month you could become a crew member (The backbone of what we do as stated in the new Supporting Cast leaflet!) and within just three months you would of paid for a child to attend a Junior Wac Arts session providing their first steps into the performing arts. With the support of such fantastic industry professionals we are sure that the scheme will be a huge success in supporting all young people that attend Wac Arts.

Go to www.WacArts.co.uk/SupportingCast for more information.

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