Grants & Awards


STARS established the annual Stars of Waverley Award to provide grants in support of young performing and visual artists, between the ages of sixteen and twenty six. The applicants should be resident in the City of Onkaparinga, Alexandrina Council area, Yankalilla Council area or the town of Victor Harbor.


Initiated in 2003, it was initially known as the Helpmann Academy - Keith Michell Award.


In 2015 STARS decided, rather than giving out an award to an individual, to support the Musica Viva program in primary schools in the Fleurieu area.. We are initially giving $5000 to this program over a three year period.


Previous Stars of Waverley award winners are as follows:


2003   Tahlia Corin Actress/Director

2004   Antje Guenther

2005   Gavin Clark Dancer

2007   Jay Robinson Dancer

2008   Mark Fantasia 

2009   Quentin Angus Jazz Guitarist

2011/12 Bella Jed

2013 Indigo-Rose Redding

2014 Aiden Ryan

2015 Celeste Jamae


Awards already given by Southern Theatre and Arts Supporters STARS of Waverley Fund.


Opus/Stars Fleurieu Playwriting Competition $300

Lucinda Moon, baroque violinist $500 to assist in Illuminations of the Heart at the Elder Conservatorium

Emma Hills, singer $500 to assist in her singing career with the Conservatorium.

Poetry Festival Childrens prize $50.00

Willunga Waldorf School Art Students, Launch and exhibition venue provided by STARS

Fleurieu Folk Festival $300 towards youth prizes.

Keith Michell Award in conjunction with the Helpmann Academy $1000

Lisa Cannizzaro – soprano with Co-opera $500.




Aiden Ryan a young local guitarist of great skill and virtuosity. Aiden will us his prize-money to buy a new guitar.














Indigo-Rose Redding was a Year 12 visual arts student, her work featuring a full length costume made out of recycled material which she wore on the night. The decision to award Indigo the main prize was unanimous.























Daniella Jedrzejcak (Bella Jed) was the winner of the Keith Michell Award held in conjunction with Helpmann Academy; judged by a STARS sub committee and the prize of $1500 awarded at the beginning of this year. Since then Bella has travelled to Western Australia to study at WAAPA to undergo an amazing year at this highly acclaimed Academy.


Bella completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree at the Elder Conservatorium in 2010, specialising in classical voice with Guila Tiver. She travelled across Australia and to Germany and Switzerland with Co-Opera’s 2009 tour of The Magic Flute and in 2010 staged a cabaret show in the Fringe Festival.

Bella has participated in the Helpmann Academy’s UpstART
program, sang with the Adelaide Symphony Chorus during the
Adelaide Festival of Arts and at the Sydney Opera House and was
featured as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods – a collaborative
production between the Elder Conservatorium and the Adelaide
College of the Arts, a project that was supported by a Helpmann Academy major grant. In 2010, Bella also spent a month in Western Australia receiving specialised tuition in voice and acting with opera singer Patricia Price and director Chris Edmund. STARS contributed $1500 to this award and the STARS sub committee participated in the adjudication process.



Keith Michell Performing Arts Award Awarded to Quentin Angus

Emerging jazz guitarist Quentin Angus has been presented with the 2009 Keith Michell Performing Arts Award.

First awarded in 2003, the Keith Michell Award is a joint initiative of the Helpmann Academy and the Southern Theatre and Arts Supporters (STARS). Valued at $2,000, the award is presented to encourage emerging performing arts talent and celebrates the distinguished career of Adelaide-born stage and screen legend Keith Michell. The award is open to dance, music and drama graduates from Helpmann Academy partner institutions.

Read more about Quentin Angus here (pdf 48kb)


- Donation to Tessa Donegon for costume design

- Donation and assistance to local Community Christmas Carols

- Keith Michell Award - jointly funded with the Helpmann Academy $2000 was awarded to Jay Robinson.


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