How has your career developed since graduating?
I have been lucky enough to focus almost entirely on developing a career in the theatre industry dedicating my days to working as a theatre-maker, performer and producer. I now run my own theatre company, ThisEgg, for which I recently received funding from the Arts Council England and the National Lottery to finish making a show – which is brilliant.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your current role?
I do what I love, and I work with people I admire. I am a freelancer, which is an exciting way of living and the idea of being self-employed is extremely freeing. Working on a project to project basis where you constantly meet new people with different voices is great. I love that every day is different and I can continue to learn.
Why did you choose to study Drama at UEA?
I wanted to go somewhere I could surround myself with like-minded individuals, somewhere I could take risks and somewhere I could leave with new skills to equip me in the theatre industry. UEA seemed the perfect fit.
Did you participate in any clubs or societies during your studies?
Whilst at UEA I was president for Minotaur, a student-led theatre company. This gave me experience of working in a big team, engaging with a committee and running
a small company.
It was a very valuable experience and pushed me to put my ideas into action. Whether they were successful or not didn’t matter. I think that’s when I learnt that I had to be prepared to fail.
What did you enjoy about your course?
Everyone on the course will have formed their own degree in some way, picking and choosing modules that interest them as well as being encouraged to try new things. In my mind,there is no better way to prepare for any career than a ‘can do’ attitude, something that is subtly instilled on every student at UEA.
Did you undertake work experience during your studies?
I did some work experience with Night Light Theatre, assistant producing their show, Rift Zone, that played for three weeks in London. This experience allowed me to capitalise on the learning I had been doing at UEA and put it into practice.
Since graduating, I have continued to consolidate what I have learnt from working with other companies, such as Gecko, theTEAM (New York) and RashDash.
What skills did you learn at UEA?
Organisation, budgeting, time management, scriptwriting, performance, cleaning. I don’t think that there is a single skill I don’t use in my current role that I didn’t develop considerably whilst at UEA.