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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Careers clinic: How do I choose a monologue? by John Byrne

I launched my acting career via night courses and one-off workshops rather than formal drama training. Some of the things I missed

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

UCA’s head of performing arts Lyndsay Duthie: ‘All students could watch and read more outside of their comfort zones’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in the performing arts? Having studied media and performing arts, I actually began in television working at

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Actor Szandra Asztalos on her first job: ‘Being yourself is half the battle in any audition’ by John Byrne

I am originally from Hungary but now live in London, where I studied acting. It is ironic that I got my first

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Careers Clinic: How can I improve my tech skills? by John Byrne

Up until a few years ago, I could hold my head high at family gatherings. My acting career was reasonably successful, with

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Composer and course leader Alex Loveless: ‘Trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it is’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? At a family-run youth theatre, which led to directing and writing. I spent many years

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Actor and playwright Jacqueline Malcolm on her first job: ‘Waiting for someone to employ me wasn’t an option’ by John Byrne

My first job was forming the Acts drama group in 1984 with my sisters and a close friend. Growing up in a

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ALRA principal Adrian Hall: ‘Be real, be honest, be on time’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? Born in Uganda and raised in Liverpool, Southport and Staines, I started out as a

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Actor Grace Liston: ‘My first job taught me the importance of being in a supportive cast’ by John Byrne

I first performed A Christmas Carol in December 2017, in a production that toured castles and cathedrals all over the country. The

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Careers Clinic: Am I suited to overseas work? by John Byrne

I’m halfway through my first overseas contract, performing at a big theme park on the other side of the world. I was

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Actor Nadia Nadif: ‘My first job taught me to take more ownership over the roles I play’ by John Byrne

My first job was playing Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing at Baron’s Court Theatre in 2006, but I also had a

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Actor and director Laura Román: ‘Don’t stop knocking on doors, talent is not everything’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I started training as an actor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, then at

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Director Audrey Sheffield: ‘I trace my love of new writing and a discovery of language to my first job’ by John Byrne

My first job in theatre was as a trainee resident director at the King’s Head in London. It was advertised openly on

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The Actors Forge creative director Dan Lemon: ‘Be fearless, creative and kind’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? Playing Charlie Bates in Oliver!, aged 13 at the Sunderland Empire. I studied at Edinburgh University,

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Careers clinic: How do I keep a pantomime audience on side? by John Byrne

I’m about to start my first ever pantomime. I have already done a few children’s plays, but I have seen enough panto

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Designer Luis F Carvalho: ‘My first job taught me that you have to be selfless’ by John Byrne

My first set design job, which came straight after graduating from Wimbledon School of Art, was assisting Peter J Davison on Whistle Down the

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Lecturer Christine Handy: ‘Training needs to be more accessible to people with disabilities’ by John Byrne

How did you get into theatre? My love of the performing arts stems from my involvement in school plays and youth theatre.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Careers clinic: Is self-producing a theatre show normally this draining? by John Byrne

A year ago, I entered my one-act play for a competition. It didn’t win, but the sample scene I performed with two

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Actor Jessica Martin: ‘Barbra Streisand applauded as I performed in my first job’ by John Byrne

My first job was a singing residency at the St James Club, Mayfair in 1983, when I was 21. My father was

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Performing arts physical therapist Logan Lefler: ‘Listen to your body; Take care of it’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I have a background in performance art, specifically in musical theatre. I have been fortunate enough

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Careers Clinic: Will I be able to act if I study physics? by John Byrne

The two subjects I most enjoyed throughout college were performing arts and science, so I struggled to choose a degree to study.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

John R Wilkinson: Bad country music helped me get through my first directing job by John Byrne

In 2013, I directed Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down by Richard Cameron for York Theatre Royal, where I had been working

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Course leader Lou Cox: Costume should be used as a tool to tell a story by John Byrne

How did you start off in costume? Not via the traditional routes. My background is in fashion, pattern cutting and garment construction,

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Patricia Denys: ‘My first job, four days after leaving drama school, was The Trials of Oscar Wilde’ by John Byrne

I started performing as a child during the Blitz, singing in an air-raid shelter. When I left school, I joined City Lit

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Theatremaker and tutor Jorge Lopes Ramos: ‘Immersive theatre has grown dangerously fast’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I was born to a Polish and Romanian family and raised in one of Rio de

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Careers Clinic: What’s the best way to network? by John Byrne

I haven’t had a holiday in two years, so the winter months closing in helped me make my mind up that now

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Actor Fiona Rodrigo: My first TV role taught me to make every moment count by John Byrne

It took a while after leaving drama school to land my first role despite serious hustle. I was ecstatic to say the

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NLP Theatre artistic director Scott James Kyle: ‘The harder I work, the luckier I get’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I had a brief taste of drama at school. Then, following a five-year stint working

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Careers Clinic: What can I do to build my confidence? by John Byrne

I have always toyed with the idea of trying my luck in the US, so when a friend of mine asked me

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Actor Gary James: Soak up criticism, thrive on direction and don’t mumble by John Byrne

My first paid job was in a play called Who Knows? with the Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company in 1979. The part came

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Dublin’s Flying Turtle Productions director Kathleen Warner Yeates: ‘I am always learning and get to create stories’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I began acting and singing as a teenager in the US, doing high school musicals. I

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Choreographer Dada Masilo on her first job: ‘I was auditioning with more than 250 other dancers’ by John Byrne

I have pretty much been self-employed throughout my career, so in that sense, I have created my own jobs. However, the one

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