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Erin Middleton

Erin Middleton Class of 2014

Achievements at Elderslie High School

·         Most Outstanding Student in Year Group, six years in a row (Year 7 to Year 12)

·         Band 6 result for HSC Drama | ATAR of 93.2

·         Vice-Captain for 2014

·         Academic Awards:

o   Fraser Murray Memorial Award for Mathematics (2012)

o   Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute School Science Award (2013)

o   Western Sydney University Scholarship (2013)

o   USNW Academic Achievement Award (2014)

o   Ministers Award for Excellence in Student Achievement (2014)

·         Other awards:

o   State Semi-Finalist in the Plain English Speaking Award (2013)

o   Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award (2014)

·         Creative:

o   Member of the NSW State Drama Ensemble (2011)

o   YMCA NSW Youth Parliamentarian (2013)

o   Member of the Ballroom Dance Ensemble (2013/2014)

o   Lead role in School Musicals:

Singin’ In The Rain (Lina Lamont)

Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie Alvarez)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly)

·         I was one of those ‘over-achiever’ kids at school – but the truth is there’s no such thing as ‘over-achieving’. You simply do as much as you can to get where you want to be, and that’s a different journey for everyone. I certainly didn’t end up where a lot of other people expected me to be when I was in high school.

·         I was a very academic student, and that was where everyone thought I would go, studying Science or Law. Instead I followed my creative passions, and every day I’m glad that I did. Success doesn’t have to be measured in exam results or what kind of degree you hold; it can be how you feel when you get up in the morning, the simple joy of being on a stage, the thrill of putting words on a page and creating a story.

Achievements since 2014

·         Travelled to & volunteered in Cambodia for a ‘gap month’ after graduating, building fences and gardens in a rural village & teaching English at the local school; celebrated my 18th birthday at Angkor Wat, one of the Great Wonders of the World

·         Started a Bachelor of Arts program as UNSW, achieving a place on the Deans List for 2015, before transferring to an Acting course at Sydney Theatre School

·         Mid-2015, had a major knee reconstruction – afterwards, learning how to walk again, regaining confidence in my body & finding my strength

·         Wrote my first short play ‘Beard’, which premiered at Short + Sweet Sydney 2017, and was selected as a Festival Director’s Choice Finalist

·         Graduated from Sydney Theatre School with a Diploma of Arts: Acting (2017)

·         Moved to England in mid-2017 for seven months; travelled extensively in Scotland and Europe (Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Vienna, Venice), worked in a British pub, reconnected with my family, lived independently

·         2018:

o   Assistant Directed the play ‘Things Not To Do After A Breakup’ by Wayne Tunks, at The Depot Theatre in Sydney

o   Played Robin Starveling / Moth in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society, dir. Laura May

o   Played Curley’s Wife in ‘Of Mice and Men’ with Campbelltown Theatre Group

o   Worked as the Script Supervisor (a behind-the-camera production role in film) on award-winning short horror film ‘Zebra’, dir. Peter Spann

o   Worked as the Script Supervisor on the second season of award-winning web series ‘Thirty’, dir. Leah Pellinkhof

·         2019:

o   Scholarship recipient for Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin

o   Member of PYT Fairfield’s Ensemble program

o   Wrote and produced my first one-act play ‘Kallistēi’, which premiered at the Sydney Fringe Festival

o   Played the role of Phebe in ‘As You Like It’ with Wollongong-based emerging theatre company SHEkespeare, which produces all-female casts of Shakespeare plays


Erin Middleton - Now

Erin MIddleton - Year 12