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.