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A new online talent show platform has been launched by a Cambridge graduate in the hope of confirming Shakespeare’s idea that ‘All the world’s a stage’.

Not long ago, I was a girl paralyzed by an idea, unable to speak to anyone about it. Now I’m a girl on the brink of launching the website she has dreamt about for four long years.

Deepamala Abeysekera

StageYou.TV, founded by Deepamala Abeysekera - a Sri Lankan entrepreneur and alumna of the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School - is a new online talent show for the performing arts.

The idea is that anyone can upload their performance to the website for free, get rated for their talent and be ‘discovered’ by the public, celebrities and talent scouts.

StageYou.TV is a platform for user generated contests and also caters to users who want to simply perform as part of their self expression without the pressure of a competition.

Deepamala is passionate about this new venture which she developed while studying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.

She said: “It has truly been one roller-coaster ride. Not long ago, I was a girl paralyzed by an idea, unable to speak to anyone about it. Now I’m a girl on the brink of launching the website she has dreamt about for four long years.”

Dr Joanna Mills, Programme Director and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the Judge Business School, said: “During the programme, Deepamala developed StageYou.TV as her major Enterprise Project taking it from the early seeds of an idea through to the real venture you see today.

“Throughout the programme she demonstrated passion, ambition and determination to succeed with this as her project and as a result has made extremely significant progress.”

The first contest is ‘Theater Fiesta on StageYou.TV’ featuring renowned theatre personalities from Sri Lanka as the online judges. In order to participate, budding thespians and performers need to select any script from an English play, film three minutes of them performing a monologue and then sign up via the website at http://www.stageyou.tv/ to get the film uploaded. However, performers are encouraged to upload their films even if they don’t wish to enter a specific contest.

For more information on the Theater Fiesta contest, see the web page at http://stageyou.tv/theaterfiesta/

Watch an introduction to StageYou.TV with Deepamala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaGzKPSyJbQ&feature=youtu.b

Further information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship can be found at http://www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/diploma/index.html


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