SOURCE: Art Blogger Leah Selakovic

Art Blogger Leah Selakovic

September 19, 2014 23:56 ET

Art Blogger Leah Selakovic Supports The Kevin Spacey Foundation

SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - Sep 19, 2014) - Art blogger and philanthropist Leah Selakovic teamed up with Kevin Spacey and the Singapore Repertory Theatre to raise money for young artists. At the Black and White Benefit, which took place at St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, selected supporters enjoyed a sophisticated dinner and got to watch Kevin Spacey's magnificent performance in Shakespeare's historical play "Richard The Third." Spacey could not only be seen on stage, but joined Leah and other guests for the eclectic benefit dinner, exploiting the opportunity to socialize and raise awareness for the cause of his foundation.

The Kevin Spacey Foundation was created out of Spacey's wish to offer scholarship and grants to students who are studying the performing arts as well as writers, directors and producers at selected universities. On his website he explains his motivation for supporting young talents: "If you've been successful in your chosen path, if you've been able to realize your ambition, then you are obligated to 'send the elevator back down.'" That motivation is almost identical to the efforts Leah Selakovic and SRT have been making in Singapore to foster local students studying acting and other creative arts, so Leah was excited, of course, to get a chance. So when the SRT approached Spacey to invite him as the guest-of-honor to the benefit dinner and asked him to perform on stage, he did not even have to think twice. 

"It was such a pleasure to watch Kevin Spacey play King Richard and a true delight to talk to him about ways young actors can be supported," says Leah. "We both follow the same goal of helping young people to realize their dreams and it was great to get his input. Role models like him and organizations like SRT can have such a huge impact on the lives of teenagers and young adults, and I am really proud and happy to be a part in this." The SRT provides a platform for young Asian artists on and off stage, with a special focus on Singapore, where each year 40 students are enrolled in the theater's acting training. At the same time SRT tries to awaken the interest of children in theater, and quite successfully so: Every year more than 45,000 children attend SRT's The Little Company and larger productions and participate in workshops, thus creating a love for theater and the arts in the next generation.

As a non-profit organization, Singapore Repertory Theatre depends on the support from art and theater enthusiasts such as Leah Selakovic. Leah, who was born and raised in the former republic of Yugoslavia, has been a resident of Singapore for many years and is very active in the city's art and charity scene. Over the course of her career she has worked in various industries, ranging from the publishing arena to IT companies. Currently she enjoys her full-time job as wife and mother to two little sons. Nevertheless she always finds time to keep up her philanthropic work by supporting a number of charitable organizations, many of which focus on fostering young talented and gifted artists.

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