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Mt. Pleasant Area graduate to attend London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

| Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:08 p.m.
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Nicole Stouffer, 21, of Donegal Township has been accepted into the study of film program at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. She will travel to England in August to attend a two-week program there.

A local woman with dreams of professional acting will travel to England this summer to continue to hone her craft.

Donegal Township's Nicole Stouffer, a Mt. Pleasant Area graduate, has been accepted into the study of film program at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, where she will study acting for the camera.

“It's one of the most prestigious schools in the world. Graduates include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Sam Clafin and many other big names,” Stouffer said. “I was ecstatic. This is a dream come true.”

A junior at Point Park University majoring in musical theater, Stouffer said she applied for the program by submitting her theater, film and voiceover resume, along with a recommendation from Bridget Connors, a theater professor and voice, speech and movement coordinator in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park.

“I applied for both the four-week, Shakespeare programs, in addition to the two-week film program,” Stouffer said. “Because I am already getting a great deal of Shakespeare training at Point Park, I decided to go for the film program.”

Stouffer's mother Lorrie Quadro said she was both extremely proud and a little terrified when her daughter was accepted into the program.

“We knew that this was an opportunity that Nicole couldn't pass up,” Quadro said. “It's great for her career, and one of those lifetime chances that you have to take while you're young.”

Stouffer said she will be leave in mid-August and stay until the end of that month.

She is looking forward to the trip since she has always been interested in going to London, she added.

“Traveling is really inspirational for me. Not to mention, the acting scene in London is taken very seriously. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is there,” Stouffer said.

She also studied musical theater at Stage Right School of Performing Arts in Greensburg.

“It's always great to see students progress and find their way in this biz. It's a competitive field that requires hard work and the ability to persevere,” said Anthony Marino, Stage Right artistic director.

“We preach that to our students, and this kind of honor is a testimony to the truth of that and her talent and work ethic,” he said.

In addition to Stouffer's marvelous and continually growing abilities, Marino said, she also teaches at the local performing arts school.

“Nicole continues to work here, and hopefully (she) will until she's a star someplace, because my current students and staff love her,” he said. “She is gracious, kind and talented — what a trifecta.”

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.