The Brian Weaver Fellowship aiming at helping aspiring actors gain professional experience was launched in December, the result of a donation from Buxton resident, Doreen Weaver, in memory of her late husband, Brian, himself an actor who had a lifelong passion for the arts.
Adam and 17 other hopefuls on the shortlist for the fellowship, were auditioned and interviewed by Derby Theatre’s artistic director, Sarah Brigham, composer and musical director, Ivan Stott and Mrs Weaver.
Adam lives in Derby and his first involvement with the arts in the city dates back to when he was a member of the Derby Playhouse Youth Theatre at the age of 14.
The fellowship will open up a lot more exciting opportunities for him – he will perform in The Odyssey, directed by Sarah Brigham, this February plus another production in the autumn and will be on a full time professional actor’s wage for both.
He will also be provided with professional mentoring; a platform to invite agents and showcase his work plus invaluable access to Derby Theatre’s staff, various networks and the wider theatre industry.
Adam Horvath said: “I’m absolutely over the moon at being offered this opportunity. I’ve still not stopped smiling and can’t wait to get started.
“I’m so lucky to get the chance to do what I love, in the place and city that I love. I can’t say how grateful I am to Doreen Weaver and hopefully I’ll do Brian proud!”
While a member of the youth theatre he performed on the main stage at the theatre in a production of The Tempest. He remained a member of the youth theatre until he was 19. Adam then became involved with Derby LIVE Community Theatre and performed in Peer Gynt, Lysistrata and Cranford The Musical.
Working with both the youth and community theatre groups provided Adam with opportunities to work in a professional capacity at Derby Theatre, as a supernumerary in Derby LIVE productions, The Merchant of Venice and Lucy Gannon’s world premiere production of Broken Hearted.
He has also done voiceovers for a number of CBBC adverts and is involved with the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Mrs Weaver dearly wanted the fellowship to be a legacy for Brian and his love of theatre because he was unable to fulfil a full time professional career as an actor due to financial constraints in his youth.
She said: “I felt very privileged to be able to attend the auditions and interviews for the Fellowship. What a talented group of applicants we saw. I hope they all went away feeling that they were given plenty of time to display their talents and also have fun.”
Sarah Brigham said: “I’m delighted that through the Brian Weaver Fellowship we will be supporting Adam Horvath.
“Adam auditioned up against 17 other brilliant young actors and the competition was very strong indeed but in the end his raw talent shone through and I’m delighted that we’ll be able to offer him the mentorship, the paid acting work and the platform of being in two Derby Theatre main stage shows to launch his career.”