Shyvonne Ahmmad

YEAR OF AWARD: 2017
AGE AT AWARD: 22
ARTFORMS: Drama
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Biography

From a young age Shyvonne Ahmmad has proven herself to be a young actor of outstanding ability. Her talent and dedication has brought exciting opportunities her way, and she is driven to succeed.

Shyvonne was born in Stoke on Trent, but spent most of her childhood in Perth. From an early age she was enthused by film, television and theatre, and nurtured a desire to be part of that industry in the future.  SHe pursued this ambition by attending the Acting and Performance course at Edinburgh College and graduated with an HND.

Her time in Edinburgh afforded opportunities to play some iconic roles in theatre, such as Medea and Wendla from Spring Awakening. It also gave her the impetus to continue learning her craft, and on graduation Shyvonne gained a place on the BA Acting course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In 2017, Shyvonne was chosen from more than 90 auditionees to take the lead role in 'Snowflake'.  A new graduate ensemble production, Snowflake was co-created by the Scottish Drama Training Network and the Pleasance Theatre Trust, directed by Mark Thomson and performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Shyvonne was hailed as "an extraordinarily talented actor", whose performance was "compelling, touching, charismatic and palpably 'realistic'".

She says that all of these experiences have strengthened her passion and dedication for the arts, and her ambition is such that she is "looking to shoot for the moon".

How the Award Helped

Shyvonne's Award supported her during her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

 


Scottish Drama Training Network - The Snowflake


"Supporting myself through the degree was going to be a massive obstacle. My Dewar Arts Award has been pivotal in me pursuing my aspirations...words cannot describe how thankful I am to be able to prioritise my learning...it is a life-changing privilege."