Aspiring actress, 18-year-old Isabella Rubin from Hale in Cheshire, has beaten thousands of applicants to secure a guaranteed place to study acting and musical theatre at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.Only 12 students from 3,000 applicants were offered a place on the foundation course, and the Manchester High School for Girls’ pupil is delighted at the prospect of starting her studies at LIPA in September.
LIPA was co-founded by its lead patron Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty (LIPA’s Principal), and is housed in McCartney’s old school which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution.
Isabella said: “I first heard about LIPA when I saw their courses advertised on the drama board in Year 7. I was really impressed at the time, and now I can’t actually believe that I have got a place there! I have always loved the stage and live productions give me a real buzz. I hope to be able to work in the West End one day, that’s my dream.”
Isabella is now working hard to raise money to pay for her course fees by taking commissions for paintings and designing her own jewellery.
She has raised over £1,000 with her own pieces of work. “I’ve spent a lot of my time at Manchester High School for Girls being involved with fine art or performing arts and I will really miss the sense of community when I leave. I’ve gained independence during my years at MHSG and it’s given me the confidence to pursue what I want to do in the future.”