Bursaries presented to talented Mackay youngsters

Published: 27 Jan 2022

Regan Walker’s dream is to be Australia’s next triple threat and follow in the footsteps of the great Hugh Jackman.

And the 18-year-old from Mackay is on the right track.

Regan has racked up an impressive resume of roles in local and national productions.

He is also one of just 10 males from across Australia and the world accepted into a 2022 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the prestigious Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne.

Regan was named today (Thursday, January 27) as the recipient of the MECC’s $1000 Jack Sturgeon Bursary for 2022.

It was one of three bursaries presented by Mayor Greg Williamson.

Due to the exemplary nominations received, a runner-up Jack Sturgeon Bursary was also presented to Jade Readman.

Artspace Mackay’s $1000 Rick Wood Bursary for 2022 was awarded to Georgia Farlow.

Mayor Williamson said the achievements of all recipients were inspiring.

“Regan has been dancing, acting and performing since he was four,” said Mayor Williamson.

“He rates his biggest triumph to date as being cast in the Sydney premiere cast of Matilda the Musical,’’ he said.

“That’s a tremendous achievement – winning the role of Nigel in a cast of nine children meant that he had to move to Sydney for a period of 10 months in 2015 and 2016.”

Runner-up Jade has been involved in performing arts for 14 years and has been accepted to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Dance at QUT in 2022.

Georgia Farlow has just graduated from Whitsunday Anglican School, where she studied visual art, design, and drama.