What a whirlwind year! I’ve spent the past 11 months singing, dancing and acting everyday from early morn to late at night and I now have a Masters of Performance (Musical Theatre) from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, a UK acting agent, and have booked my first professional show in London.
It was a long-held ambition of mine to get formal training in musical theatre as well as work on the West End, and I’m thrilled to have dedicated hard work towards my dreams.
While at Mountview I learned countless new skills like phonetics, radio drama and combat, and expanded other skills to new heights like singing, acting and my RP accent. As part of my Masters degree I also wrote and performed a devised theatre show, which was the highlight of my year. I’d written for the press as a journalist for so long, this was my first time writing creatively. My show explored queer feminist identity and gave voice to my own and historical figures’ lives as queer feminists. A big thank you to the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation for supporting me with a grant to financially help with my study.
Industry showcase is done and I’m delighted to springboard into the London theatre scene represented by UK agent Lowy Hamilton Artists, have new headshots by Henry Harrison (see them here), and be featured on the major London casting database Spotlight (check it out here). All systems go!
Most exciting of all, I have been cast in my first professional show here in London, The Lightning Road at St Paul’s Church/Iris Theatre on 26 October 2018. I’m thrilled to perform composer Flora Leo’s work, her new musical is beautiful, and I am loving creating the character of Annette Fields for the first time.
While I’m auditioning for shows I’m also continuing to re-discover my love of writing, working with friend and fellow Mountview graduate Molly Wagner on a variety of scripts. We have web series, film scripts, cabarets and even a musical on the boiler, and it is such a joy to be creative and generate new work! Stay tuned, and wish me well as I continue my London theatre adventure.