Sarina Bakker, Class of 2015, was one of three students chosen in Brisbane from a rigorous audition process to be part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 2016.

Sarina has absorbed herself in the intensive program.

“I don’t feel like I am at university where people assume you have time off during the week.  Here it’s 8.30am to 6.30pm every day.  I think of it as more of a luxury when you spend every day doing what you love continuously,” she said.

Sarina had already acquired an impressive resume of performance before entering NIDA.  She, along with Callum Slater (Class of 2015) were Duologue State Winners in 2014 & 2015 in the Queensland Youth Shakespeare Festival run by the Shake and Stir Theatre Company. Sarina gained two professional roles in the process, going on to play Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (2015) and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016).  She played Martha in the Redlands College performance of The Secret Garden in 2015 and Lady Macbeth in The Shakespeare Show in 2014.  Sarina also participated in the Redlands College New York Performing Arts Tour in 2015. 

Following a workshop with Harvest Rain, she played Tinkerbell in The Twisted Tale of Peter Pan in 2014. Ms Bakker also performed with the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre company from 2013 to 2015.

“Every day I am reminded of why I love the theatre.  It is about human connection – a structured version of reality.  People to go the theatre to be told a story.  That is how our culture is passed along and from that they either or learn or are challenged.  Whatever they do, they do think about it and often relate to it,” she said.

While Sarina waits to see where her degree takes her, her current goal is to help others through her art.

“I want to find a way to merge my passion for art with helping people who need it, particularly people struggling mentally and emotionally.  I am not sure how to do this, but I would like to find this out,” she said.

Sarina also dreams of performing at The Globe with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“I am open to most things.  A lot of people say art isn’t a real career.  Young people shouldn’t get disheartened.  If you love it, you just have to do it,” she said.