Luke Cossey

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From a young age I had quietly dreamed about performing onstage, but didn't pursue it as I felt that in this sport focused country  that theatre wasn't  for boys. 

Through a lot of hard work, at age 15, I graduated from Vision College with a diploma in Software Engineering. I immediately moved on to study at the University of Canterbury. By the age of 18, I had graduated with a BSc majoring in Computer Science.  Finally in 2013 I pushed passed my doubts  and started being tutored in singing and acting by Ravil Atlas.

 Since then I have performed in a number of productions, some of which being: Duncan in A Long Way From Broadway, Preston in Hate Mail (Dramasoc), Prince Charming in Snow White (Riccarton Players) and a chorus member in Chicago (NCMS).

Now, after submitting a video audition, I have been accepted into the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive at the prestigous Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York starting June 1st.

Your donation towards my flights and course fees will make an incredible difference in supporting fresh New Zealand talent take the next step in an international performing arts career.

I have a rough estimate price of $11,000 which will cover the essentials to take part in this opportunity. This includes course fees, flights, accommodation, and food. I have submitted funding applications to both the Wigram Lions Club and the Riccarton Wigram Community Board's Youth Development Fund and will continue to fundraise through my time in New York.

These are the expenses that I am sure of:

Course fees: $5018.67 (3600 USD)
Flights: $1675.84
Insurance: $229.29
Accommodation: $2663.15 (1900 USD)

This is an incredible opportunity for me, as the 5 week course is for professional actors. At present there is no greater school a singer can attend in order to fully integrate their craft of singing with the dramatic truth displayed by the finest actors.

The school itself was founded by Stella Adler, who was one of USA's most influential acting teachers. Many of the school's students go on to successful careers, some of which include Elaine Stritch, Mark Ruffalo and Robert De Niro.

I would like to recognise Michael Bell and the team at Orange Studio for filming my audition video and Matthew Everingham for being my audition pianist.


Thank you to all my supporters and donors,




  • Final Week


    I am now placed in my final week of course. The past two weeks have been so hectic with the course. The people I have had the chance to learn from and with have been so impacting.

    I am very excited to return home to get involved with theatre back home in Christchurch, but I will be leaving part of my heart here. My focus and drive have been increased, so I am very excited to find out what will happen in the next 12 months.

  • Week One


    Well with week one wrapped up I feel very tired, but my spirit feels so enriched.

    It is quite challenging performing in front of a room of 50 people consisting of your classmates and faculty within 2 hours of meeting them, but it does help build a close connection with each other very quickly.

    This week we have had many opportunities to learn from seeing our classmates present their pieces to be worked on. It requires such a courageous spirit to be so vulnerable in front of everyone, but also, it equally requires support and deep caring to be given back by the fellow students.

    This week I already feel transformed. I am believing more and more that I deserve to be here and that I do have something to offer, not as just a singer, actor and dancer, but as an artist.

    The teachers we have here are incredibly skilled and inspiring and I cannot wait to see what is going to over the remaining four weeks.

    The photo below is of our first masterclass with the highly successful, Tony award winning composer, Tom Kitt.

    Week One
  • Grease is the Word


    Today I am sitting with bitter sweet feelings about last night being the closing night of Grease put on by Ashburton Variety Theatre. After an incredible season of performances, I have been very touched by all the encouraging feedback.

    Now that Grease has come to a close, I must take off my Sonny LaTierri hat as I am aware that in one week I will be starting at Stella Adler. Knowing that, I must shelve my current feelings and memories to focus on packing and my final preparation before embarking upon my incredible adventure in 36 hours time.

    Thank you to those who have donated, I feel very special that people have helped me reach 16% of my goal so quickly!

    Please keep spreading the word about my golden opportunity as I need your support.


    Grease is the Word