Carmen Joan Duncan (7 July 1942 – 3 February 2019) was an Australian actress and activist, with a career that spanned over 50 years. A trailblazer for Australian Women both in the industry and through the recent fellowships made in her name; this Scholarship continues its mission in providing a launch pad for young Australian actors into the US market and creating awareness around Gynaecological cancer.
Nominated for the AFI Award for Best Actress for the 1980 film Harlequin, Carmen moved to the United States in the eighties to portray Iris Carrington Wheeler on the daytime soap opera Another World. Actors are often taken back with the demands in Hollywood, adjusting to cultural shifts and understanding what life in Los Angeles is like, as well as what is expected of yourself as a screen actor in both performance, self-promotion and business. It is said to feel like you are competing in the Olympics for the Entertainment industry. For Carmen to be honoured not only with nominations for the Soap Opera Awards and especially with her Emmy nomination during this time, was not only unheard of for women, it was a jump forward for Australians in Film & Television that led the way for the big names we hear about today.
Carmen fought and survived breast cancer, bowel cancer and thyroid cancer, only to succumb to gynaecological cancer in February 2019 at age 76. Through this scholarship we hope to continue to raise awareness for both Gynaecological Cancer, women in the industry and continue to support young aspiring talent.
The Carmen Duncan Scholarship is a not-for profit scholarship that for looks for actors who are brave, strong, and determined. Helping provide the platform to excel internationally regardless of experience or profile. We support inclusion and diversity in all areas and encourages actors to be apart of this heartfelt, honest and passionate scholarship. This years prize pool is in excess of $25000USD. Actors in this scholarship will not only learn through this process, they'll be treated as individuals and guided and mentored on their journey.
Proceeds from this years scholarship will be donated to the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation.
OPEN TO AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND ACTORS ONLY
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES WITH OUR CHOSEN CHARITY, CDS WILL NOW OPEN JUNE 30TH WITH NEW CHARITY PARTNER "WOMENCAN"
FIRST ROUND SUBMISSIONS -
SELF TAPE/CHAT TO CAMERA
JUNE 30TH 2022 - AUGUST 15TH 2022
(FEEDBACK SESSIONS PROVIDED)
TOP 20 YOUTH & ADULT FINALISTS ANNOUNCED - SEPTEMBER 30TH 2022
SECOND ROUND SUBMISSIONS -
CALL BACKS ROUND/ASSIGNED US SCENES
AUSTRALIAN JUDGING PANEL
SEPTEMBER 30TH 2022 - NOVEMBER 1ST 2022
(FEEDBACK SESSIONS & COACHING PROVIDED)
TOP 10 YOUTH & ADULT FINALISTS ANNOUNCED - DECEMBER 15TH 2022
THIRD ROUND SUBMISSIONS -
FINAL ROUND/ASSIGNED US SCENES
US JUDGING PANEL
DECEMBER 15TH 2022 - JANUARY 15TH 2023
(FEEDBACK SESSIONS & COACHING PROVIDED)
YOUTH & ADULT WINNERS ANNOUNCED - FEBRUARY 15TH 2023
PRIZES TO BE COLLECTED FROM JUNE 2023
Carmen Duncan trained at NIDA, and has become one of Australia's most respected and recognised actresses. She Received the Critics Award for BEST ACTRESS in Arthur Millers "AFTER THE FALL" and was nominated again for her role as MEG in the National Theatres Tour of A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. After spending much of the 60's in London and the UK, playing weekly rep, Carmen went on to play the lead in MAKE ME A WIDOW in the West End.
On her return to Australia in the 70's she starred in several television series including Hotel, Can't See Around Corners, Nice 'N Juicy, The Battlers, Skyways, Skin Deep, as well as regular appearances in Homicide, Matlock, Number 96, A Country Practice, Certain Women, Division Four and many others. Films include Liquid Bridge, Run Chrissie Run, Platypus Cove, Bootleg, Now and For ever, Strange Holiday, You Cant See 'Round Corners, Don't Let It Get You and Turkey Shoot. Carmen was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Actress in Harlequin and also, in the same year for the Penguin Awards for Touch and Go and Harlequin.
Moving to the United States, Carmen portrayed Iris Carrington Wheeler on the daytime soap opera Another World and was twice nominated for the Soap Opera Awards. Since returning home, she has had guest roles in Winners and Losers , CrashBurn, Always Gr..eener, Farscape, Something in the Air, Head Start, Water Rats and All Saints, and in 2013/14 she toured Australia as Mrs SWETTENHAM in A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED, and was nominated as Best Supporting actress in Ross McGregor's revival of THE CREADEA UX CANVAS. In 2015 she took to the stage again with her first ever musical ANYTHING GOES, playing Evangeline Harcourt. In 2016, she completed the Australian Feature Film TURKEY SHOOT, and is thrilled to embark on her first Zombie project, filming the hit TV series ASH V THE EVIL DEAD in New Zealand.
Carmen was diagnosed and successfully treated for early stage breast cancer. In 2006, Carmen switched hats from acting to take up a post as fundraising manager for the GO Fund, which is a devoted to research and treatment for gynaecological cancer in New South Wales. Duncan left the GO Fund in 2009. She currently serves as an Ambassador for the Breast Care Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women and as the Ambassador for Tenterfield Shire Council for Australia Day. As well, Duncan is actively involved in the Catholic Women's League of Sydney and campaigns for funding for awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, having lost her own grandson to the condition.
Carmen was born in Lismore but grew up in Cooma, and her family moved to Double Bay in Sydney in the late 1950s.
Such has been her success, she has worked in London, New York, Los Angeles and Europe. The mother of two eventually returned to Australia and has lived in her apartment in Sydney’s east for the remainder of her career.
1 x Empowering the Artist Teen Mentorship (Full year 2023)
VALUED AT $1300.00USD
2 x Young Actors Masterclass (8 weeks x 2)
VALUED AT $1294.00USD
Young Actors Conservatory (June or December - 2023 rate)
VALUED AT $3500.00USD
16 x 1hr with AAFTA Director/CEO of Diversity Entertainment Jessica Orcsik and AAFTA Director/CEO of RydeEntertainment Robbie Ryde
VALUED AT $1600.00USD
Headshot & Pro-Reel/Short Film Package with Ryde Entertainment
VALUED AT $2500.00USD
TOTAL VALUE $10194.00USD
MARTHA MORGAN - WINNER CARMEN DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP 2021
The Actors Conservatory Program for Summer 2023
VALUED AT $9000.00USD
Empowering The Artist Online Mentorship 2023
VALUED AT $747.00USD
Truth In Performance 2023
VALUED AT $597.00USD
10 x 1hr Business/Dialect/Writing/Coaching Sessions
with AAFTA Director/CEO of Diversity Entertainment Jessica Orcsik
and AAFTA Director/CEO of RydeEntertainment Robbie Ryde
VALUED AT $1000.00USD
3 Showreel Scenes, Complete Voice Demo, and
Headshot/lifestyle photoshoot with YoungOneStudio.
VALUED AT $2000.00USD
Casting Networks & Actors Access 1 year memberships.
VALUED AT $200.00USD
Raynor and Associates Visa and Immigration Services
VALUED AT $5000.00USD
TOTAL VALUE: $19241.00USD
EMMANNUELLE MATTANA - WINNER CARMEN DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP 2021