Hello performing art lovers!
My name is Gwen Lyon, and I am a Musical Theatre performer
AKA a triple-threat! (singer, actor AND dancer). In my pursuit to
make it on to the international and New Zealand stage I have been
fortunate enough to be accepted to go all the way to England to
study my Master of Arts in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of
Acting in September this year... and I need your help to make it
My initial target for this Campaign is $2,000, to go towards
costs for my ancestry visa and medical insurance, which are needed
to get me to England. Any additional donations will go towards my
fees for my study. Ideally, I need a further $15,000 to cover the
costs of my school fees, accommodation fees and living costs.
Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is located in England and is a
part of the University of Surrey. This particular Performing Arts
School is internationally known as being one of the top
triple-threat schools, training intensely in singing, dancing,
acting and professional development with a high employment rate
I recently graduated from the University of Waikato in
Performance Voice with First Class Honours as a Sir Edmund Hillary
Scholar in Music, Dance and Acting. For 2015 and 2016 I was the
Next Generation (youth) Representative on the Musical Theatre New
Zealand Executive Council in which I travelled the country
attending meetings, running workshops and forums to help encourage
and facilitate youth participation in theatre across New Zealand. I
have been in musical theatre shows in Hamilton for the last 8
years. My most notable roles were 'Sophie' in Hamilton Operatic
Society's (HOS) production of Mamma Mia in 2015, 'Cosette' in HOS's
Les Misérables in 2017, and most recently 'Sister Mary Robert' in
HOS's Sister Act 2018.
WHAT I'VE ACHIEVED SO FAR
I have been working hard to fund myself through this experience.
This includes running singing lessons, dance classes, and musical
theatre classes since the beginning of 2018. I have also been
running holiday programmes and performing fundraising concerts at
rest homes and schools. I am constantly endeavouring to come up
with more ways to raise the money I need to survive over in
England, but I need your help to make it happen.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
I ask you to participate in bringing my dream to reality, and
become a part of my journey. This school is the next step to
getting on the international as well as New Zealand stage. This
particular step is not available in NZ and so my only choice is to
be trained overseas in order to then be able to bring back my
training to NZ.
Please help me reach (or exceed) my target by making a
tax-deductible (33%) donation to my campaign. My generous Match
Donor, Craigs Investment
Partners, will match your combined donations dollar for dollar
until the first $2,000 is reached. Anything extra will continue to
go towards my fees and living costs.
Boosted is an all-or-nothing platform, meaning that if I don't
reach my target in 30 days, I won't receive a single dollar - all
donors will be refunded.
To help me even further - please share this page with your
networks. People can only give their support if they know about
this campaign. Please help me spread the word!
As another way to fundraise for my fees, I am putting on two
linked concerts on in Hamilton in July. Information and tickets for
the first concert is available HERE.
Information and tickets for the second concert is available
In recognition of your valuable contribution, you will receive
my eternal gratitude and I will keep you up to date via the updates
on this profile. I am also launching a professional Facebook page
during this campaign that you can follow to stay ahead with all my
happenings while I am studying in Guildford and whatever may happen
afterwards. The link to the page will be available in an
Thank you very much for considering my campaign. This large step
in my career is extremely exciting and I can't wait to take the
leap. I am extremely grateful for any, and all support you can give
towards my career.
Updated Stretch Goals!!
3 MONTHS AGO
Update 2 - Stretch Goals!
4 MONTHS AGO
I am beyond grateful for the generous support I have received so far in my BOOSTED campaign.
I thought it would be best to keep you updated with new ‘stretch goals’ as I moved past my original target. This is so you have an idea of what your money will be going towards.
If I reach:
$2,880 – pay for 8 weeks accommodation while I study
$3,600 – 10 weeks
$4,320 – 12 weeks
$5,040 – 14 weeks
Please also find below a link to my recently launched Performer Facebook page should you want to follow my journey
I’m eternally grateful and you have all of my love and thanks!