Panel and workshops inspire Performing Arts students


Date: 8th Mar 2018

Performing Arts students have benefited from the knowledge and knowhow of a host of artistic professionals and the experience of graduates at a day of activities including workshops and an industry panel.

The students, studying BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage), enjoyed interactive workshops and the opportunity to quiz the panel on their careers, as well as benefiting from their advice and expertise.

The industry panel, attended by over 30 students, comprised:

Mark McGann, theatre and screen actor, director and founder of stage and screen masterclass company Drama Direct, who led a workshop in directing for camera

Tassos Stevens, director, writer, interaction designer and artistic director of interactive theatre makers Coney, who led a workshop in storytelling and improvisation

Sarah Perry, an actor, movement and acting coach, lecturer and founder of movement and performance coaching company Shapes in Motions, who held a workshop in acting for motion capture

Robert Driscoll, who graduated in 2016

Laura Mathis, who graduated in 2016

Ludmila Neto, who graduated in 2017.

Lecturer Caroline Mueller said: “This was an excellent opportunity to introduce our students to new practices and approaches, to give them an opportunity to network with industry professionals, and to also just enjoy getting together with the other year groups and lecturers from their courses in a relaxed and celebratory manner.

“We invite graduates to the panel because, having been on the course, they can speak of their recent experiences of making the transition from studying to being professionals in the fields. This year’s graduates have also once again exemplified the diverse types of careers our course facilitates, and they gave incredibly useful tips to our third-years who are soon graduating themselves.

“All in all I felt the event was a success, with a great attendance from all of year groups. Students responded very positively, not just about the workshops they attended, but also about the opportunity to talk to graduates and professionals, and they made full use of the opportunity to network and ask questions.”

First-year student Aaron Griffiths said: “It was incredibly useful to hear the panel speak and it opened my eyes to how many aspects there are to Performing Arts, and how all these different experiences build your knowledge and your skill, regardless of which field you ultimately choose to go into.”


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