Ashleigh Cummings awarded the 2016 Heath Ledger Scholarship

02 June, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ashleigh Cummings as Dot in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.


Ashleigh Cummings is this year's winner of the Heath Ledger Scholarship, with Harley Bonner and Sara West named runners-up. 

Ledger's Candy co-star Abbie Cornish, serving on the judging committee for the first time, said that "the quality of Ashleigh’s work to-date combined with her single-minded approach to fulfilling her acting potential made her the worthy recipient of this year’s award."

"We are all excited about the impact that winning this award will have on Ashleigh’s career and are eager to see the future work of runners up Harley and Sara.”

At the ceremony in LA, Cummings called Ledger "a powerful source of inspiration to me, so to receive this award is inordinately humbling. I'd like to sincerely thank AiF and the beautiful Ledger family for supporting young artists in our passionate endeavours to continue in Heath's wake."

Cummings receives a USD$10,000 cash fund; a two year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles; two flights (one  to attend the announcement ceremony and the second to transition full-time to the United States), a seven-day trip to the American west coast from Visit California, USD$5,000 worth of visa and immigration services from Raynor and Associates and $500 worth of Uber credit to get around LA.

She'll also receive mentorship from dialect coach Joy Ellison, who coached Ledger on Brokeback Mountain,The Dark Knight and I'm Not There

Cummings will also meet with Joseph Middleton (one of this year’s judges and Head of Casting for Paramount Pictures), casting director Joanna Colbert (Argo, Batman vs Superman, The Town, Syriana, Suckerpunch) and Lora Kennedy (EVP Features Casting at Warner Bros). 

Last but not least, Cummings will receive a six-month scholarship to attend the Ivana Chubbuck Studio in LA.   

Runners-up Bonner and West each receive a round-trip ticket to LA and a scholarship to attend Screenwise Film and TV School for actors in Sydney.