EDITH BUKOVICS, ACS COBHAM CLASS OF 1997
"ACS offered so many nice options. There were a lot of opportunities to create your extra curriculum as well as your school curriculum, and I think all those things are very important for being a freelancer and an actor"
ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
Austrian-born Edith Bukovics is a rare talent. She cultivated some of her intellectual, artistic, and athletic abilities while an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) pursuing student at ACS International School Cobham. After graduating from there in 1997 and soon after enrolled at St Catharine’s College, the University of Cambridge where she studied English. Edith is now a well-established actress working in theatre, film and TV.
Like so many ACSers before and since her, Edith’s early life was one of nearly constant movement with several international relocations managed and a childhood enjoyed in perpetual cross-cultural transition. By the time she was 14, Edith’s father’s work with Shell had taken their family to The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, New Zealand and Houston in the US. This globetrotting didn’t initially strike Edith as unusual. "To be honest, it took me quite a while to truly appreciate that this was not the norm and that I’d been incredibly lucky to learn four languages by the age of six. To experience so many different cultures and see so many varied landscapes by the time I was a teenager.”
Moving from Houston to the UK at 14, Edith was ecstatic about choosing her school for the first time, deciding early on that the IB Diploma would be the capstone of her secondary education. While searching for schools in the UK, living a mere 15-minute walk from the ACS Cobham gates in one way made her decision a no-brainer. Location wasn’t the only driver. The school’s extensive track record with the IB Diploma made a difference. Edith comments on how “ACS Cobham had a nice combination of all things; sporty, a beautiful campus, a variety of people and a vigorous Baccalaureate programme”.
"ACS for me is made up of the individuals and the opportunities. The art subject was probably the one that allowed me to think what my voice was going to be, and that was because of the quality of the teachers."
- EDITH BUKOVICS
When asked recently about the IB Diploma as an actress with connections to London, New York, and Los Angeles, Edith is as passionate about her ACS experience today as she must have been as a teenager on the Cobham campus. “There are a lot of ways in which ACS support and encourage your autonomy and becoming as independent as a student as possible… When you had to make more and more decisions as an IB student, things like what are you going to take for Highers, what are you going to take for subsidiary, no one is going to make those answers for you. ACS offered so many nice options. There were a lot of opportunities to create your extra curriculum as well as your school curriculum, and I think all those things are very important for being a freelancer and an actor.”
The Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) hours always struck Edith as a nifty way to encourage even greater diversity in education and foster involvement in fun projects outside of school hours. When asked about her involvement in IB subjects and extra curriculum activities, she responded by saying: “ACS for me is made up of the individuals and the opportunities. The art subject was probably the one that allowed me to think what my voice was going to be, and that was because of the quality of the teachers, Mr Ortega and Ms Vykopal."They took us to Italy on several incredible art field trips, where we were encouraged to look at life through fresh eyes, and appreciate the importance of having our own voice in the world.” To this day, Edith looks back over her incredible art books exploring new artist, techniques and traditions to make her own.
While studying English literature at the world-renowned University of Cambridge, Edith pursued acting as well, starring in several local productions. When asked if ACS helped prepare her for life after school, Edith said: “I went straight into Cambridge and felt like I had a solid foundation of what was possible. I was very excited about taking the next steps being surrounded by new people. There’s a certain thing about being from an International school in that you have a certain level of confidence in the student body. A lot of times when people come in and out of schools they’re used to just presenting themselves jumping straight in and moving on, and that’s certainly the case for a life of an actor in many ways as well.”
Upon leaving, Edith spent a few months exhaling. After nearly 17 years of non-stop study, it was an excellent time to take a break while charting a course for what would follow. Edith explains: “I knew I didn’t want to go straight into another full-time institution. So instead, I began working on short films directed by graduating students at big film schools like the National Film and Television School and quickly landed my first agent who helped me move into the London theatre scene.”
Since then Edith spent four months in Cyprus starring in her first feature film and landed more film roles, enjoying success in independent films such as My Last Five Girlfriends which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Most recently Edith has been being doing voiceover work for all BP commercials shown nationally across the UK. New projects also include a web series about corporate actors. She’s also producing a feature film called Six Dinner Parties from writer-director Danny Ward, in which Edith plays an eccentric antique dealer. Edith is currently using this quarantine time to audition via self-tape for TV casting directors and voiceover work that’s coming in.
Shoko Kambara, ACS Cobham class of 1993
"What I really noticed was that since there was a lot of coming and going in the student population at ACS, I was never given the 'new kid treatment'.”
LAUREN HALEY, ACS EGHAM CLASS OF 2009
"Music is my passion, and it's incredible what you can achieve when you are given the right environment in which to succeed."
ALEX BADANES & ETHAN MACCOBY, ACS COBHAM CLASS OF 2008
"The year we were in charge of planning Heywoodstock the show was particularly successful. It was my first exposure to performing as a band and definitely got me started".