From a cute three-year old poppet skipping on the stage of Dalby’s Great Hall to a stunning beauty dancing on the world stage, Kirsty Sturgess is proof positive that with hard work, determination and a spoonful of karma, you can make anything happen. At just 22, this intelligent, graceful and caring young lady appears to have the world at her feet. Like many country kids, Kirsty was enrolled in tiny tots ballet. Jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary dance followed.
As a teen, life for Kirsty became consumed with school studies and dance. Sidestepping an advanced science program at UQ, she took a gap year to enrol at Brent Street — Sydney’s top Performing Arts School, feeding her appetite for the arts.“I knew very strongly I wanted to be doing something else — to study at New York’s Broadway Dance Centre. So I set myself a budget and worked at four soulless jobs to make it happen.”
Roles in Bring it On and RENT kickstarted Kirsty’s sought after performing arts career. With just a video audition, Kirsty became female off-stage swing for seven roles in her first professional Australian production, Ghost the Musical — meaning at any point during a show she needed to be ready to jump into any of those roles to do their harmonies, to say their lines, or to step into their choreography. “It was a crazy job. The very first time I went on everything was shaking. Have I revised this enough? Am I thinking of somebody else’s plot? I had to turn my brain off, rely on muscle memory and just do it.”
Often pigeon-holed for roles as a ‘sassy black woman’ with her Haitian roots, Kirsty aspires to work on stage or screen in roles that will make an impact in some way. Watch this space. Kirsty may not be seeking fame but it may very well find her!