Berkeley actor bags medals in the US

Joshua Rugiano's future as an actor in the US looks bright. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Joshua Rugiano's future as an actor in the US looks bright. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Berkeley actor Joshua Rugiano has returned from the United States covered in glory, bringing home four medals and a prestigious scholarship after enjoying success at the World Championships Of Performing Arts.

Rugiano called the Los Angeles event, held in mid-July, "the Olympics of performing".

"It was great being around people that love the same things you love, the whole thing was a great time," Rugiano said.

Winning silver medals in the classical and dramatic sections, and bronze in comedy and contemporary, Rugiano's success came against a field of competitors from 50 countries.

He was also offered a $10,000 scholarship to the New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts, one of the most highly regarded acting schools in the US.

He hoped to forge a career in American film and theatre, and saw the world championships as a vital stepping stone to breaking into the international acting sphere.

"I met a lot of people from all over the world. It was great seeing their outlook on life, and towards their performance," Rugiano said.

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