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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kit Thacker, managing director of Drama Studio London: ‘Connection is the key to good acting’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I went for an audition with Nat Brenner at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

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Actor Rebecca Yeo: ‘My first job taught me to search fearlessly for truth – and not to cut my hair mid-shoot’ by John Byrne

London, December 2012: I’m in an unfamiliar room waiting to meet Sean Spencer, the writer and director of Panic, an independent feature

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kyla Frye: ‘We’re no different to kids playing dress-up in our bedrooms’ by John Byrne

My first TV job was on BBC3 in March 2008. It was called West 10 LDN and it was based on a

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Julia Cranney, Pennyworth Productions: ‘It’s never too soon to start telling your stories’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I was training with Carys Wright at Drama Studio London. We knew our passion lay

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Careers Clinic: How can I stay healthy while working? by John Byrne

After taking time out over the past three years to deal with some mental health issues, I am now officially a working

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Actor Vauxhall Jermaine: ‘My first job taught me the value of taking risks’ by John Byrne

I started acting in 2011. My first role was on an independent film called Weekend, starring Tom Cullen. It was filmed in

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Paul Morrall, education director at Chickenshed: ‘Never let anyone tell you drama is an irrelevance’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I joined Chickenshed 37 years ago in a voluntary capacity as a lyricist and a

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Careers Clinic: Does online actor training work? by John Byrne

I hope you and your readers won’t think this is a silly or disrespectful question. I have always wanted to be an

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Impropera’s David Pearl: ‘My first job was a soloist at the Royal Opera. I was nine’ by John Byrne

My first job was as a soloist at the Royal Opera House, aged nine. That’s why people often tell me I started

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Diversity School Initiative’s Mumba Dodwell: ‘We need more forum theatre in today’s political climate’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I moved to England just before I turned eight and always wanted to be an

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Actor Adele Oni: my first job taught me to ‘celebrate every audition, not be crippled by them’ by John Byrne

My first job was playing Barbara in an international theatre tour of the farce No Sex Please, We’re British. We toured Singapore

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Director Lucy Curtis: ‘There’s nothing more challenging or rewarding than making your own work’ by John Byrne

Where do you teach? Fourth Monkey Actor Training and a variety of other venues throughout the year. How did you start off

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I get my career back on track? by John Byrne

Like a lot of actors, I’m using the beginning of the year to review what has happened over the past 12 months

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Actor Sam Benjamin – ‘My first job taught me to stay playful, in rehearsals and on stage’ by John Byrne

My first job was in September 2009 playing a character called Toby in a piece of new writing called Glasshouse at the

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Actor Alexander Jeremy: ‘Improvisers are valued more in the US, but that might change’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? As many of us do: in school plays. I did a lot of shows at

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Careers Clinic: What should I do when I stop dancing? by John Byrne

I’ll be seeing yet another new year in as a dancer on a cruise ship somewhere in the Caribbean. I know that

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cruise control: backstage opportunities at sea by John Byrne

Budding technicians tell John Byrne how honing their skills on the high seas has proved just as fruitful a career choice as

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Theatremaker Milly Rolle: ‘Chickenshed taught me to bring something of yourself to every project’ by John Byrne

My first job working in theatre was with Chickenshed. I began volunteering mid-2015 when I graduated from the University of East Anglia.

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LAMDA’s head of voice Judith Phillips: ‘All actors should be willing to transform’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? As an actor. What’s your best advice for acting students? Keep going, have faith, keep

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I make my festive show shine? by John Byrne

I started off as an all-singing, all-dancing stage school kid. At drama school, my interests developed in a somewhat different direction: towards

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Elif Knight’s first job – ‘Sometimes you are thrown in the deep, you have to be ready for anything’ by John Byrne

My first audition was when I was nine so good luck trying to get me to remember! I was going to Saturday

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Elizabeth Talbot, professor of movement: ‘Own your body, there’s a myth it belongs to others’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I remember at eight being spellbound by the movement in a production of A Midsummer

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I benefit from a ‘small job’? by John Byrne

A press officer gave a guest talk at our drama school just before graduation. She told us the best time to start

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Robyn Grant: ‘Just before I went into my first audition, a pot of glitter exploded in my bag’ by John Byrne

My first audition came a few months after graduating. It had been quiet and suddenly I was self-taping for a big musical

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Robert Gordon: ‘In musical theatre, sing as part of an ongoing drama, not to show technical virtuosity’ by John Byrne

How did you start teaching musical theatre? I seized an opportunity in 2003 to introduce an MA in musical theatre that filled

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Not just for Christmas: theatre charities supporting the industry by John Byrne

Although this time of year is most associated with giving, numerous charitable organisations operate all year round. John Byrne explains how their

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Careers Clinic: How should I prepare as an understudy? by John Byrne

Over a longish career, I have never quite seen myself in the understudy role, but that’s exactly where I am at the

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My First Job: Actor Martin Delaney – ‘I learned what kindness looked like, and what it didn’t’ by John Byrne

My first ever job was in a musical theatre production of Peter Pan at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden. It was my

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ALRA’s Dylan Stafford: ‘Embrace your uniqueness and it will get you that perfect acting job’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I was involved in youth groups and studied a BA in performance at Northumbria. I

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My first job: Joan Iyiola – ‘I learnt the value of asking for help when I need it’ by John Byrne

My first job was in the 2012/13 winter season at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The shows were Boris Godunov, The Orphan of

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Vocal teacher Rosie Williamson: ‘My guru of musical theatre perfection is Julie Andrews’ by John Byrne

Rosie Williamson teaches at Arts Educational Schools London, the Sing Space and in her private vocal practice. She tells John Byrne about

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