Auckland gets AWARD School, programme to be headed by a comedian and magician

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  • May 19, 2011
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Auckland gets AWARD School, programme to be headed by a comedian and magician

Fancy becoming a copywriter or art director? Australia’s AWARD School is setting up shop in Auckland to help budding creatives do just that. Described as “the fast track way into the communications industry”, the 16 week course is a hub for ideas, creative thinking and processes involved in coming up with great ideas.

Heading up the school will be a self-deprecating comedian Lisa Fedyszyn, together with Jonathan McMahon, who moonlights as a magician and has the ability to remain invisible to attractive women and bartenders. But you might also know Fedyszyn and McMahon from their day jobs at DDB (the same duo who won February’s ORCA for some caramely goodness).

Fedyszyn and McMahon should know a thing or two about the course—they both graduated from the Melbourne AWARD School back in 2002.

“We’re very excited to be School Heads for Auckland. As ex students we both know the value of the programme, and it’s great to be able to give something back,” says Fedyszyn.

AWARD School is run by the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association, which is powered by The Communications Council.

Chief executive of The Communications Council, Daniel Leesong, says the course has a strong tradition of “nurturing generations of successful young talent in the creative industries”, adding that it will be “tailored to suit the Auckland market which we believe will complement the longer term training programmes already available in Auckland”.

Even Droga5’s creative director Guy Roberts seems excited.

“It’s great for the industry to add AWARD School to the training mix, I have worked with some fantastic Creatives who are AWARD School graduates and Droga5 looks forward to supporting the industry programme locally,” he says.

You can download the application brief and criteria on Friday 20th May by visiting



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