Performing Arts graduate
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When did you graduate and what degree did you complete?
2013 BA hons Performing Arts
Tell us about your current role - what does it entail?
I currently work as a producer for a mixed arts venue. This means that I programme and administrate the venue's programme of comedy, music, theatre, film, talks and family work. We also run four to six festivals per year around a variety of themes. I get to support artists as they create new work, work with young people and others in our local community.
What excites you most about your work?
The fact that I get to work with great artists across a variety of different art forms, from big name comedy acts to new interesting theatre makers. Every day is different and I am able to learn so much from all the people I meet.
What advice would you give students trying to get into your profession?
Be prepared to work hard. Any job in the arts will involve periods of long unsociable hours, but that moment as you walk out on stage, watch the opening night of something you've helped to create, or the closing night of a great festival will be worth it. Your course will give you a variety of skills but don't forget the value of doing things outside of Uni. First-hand experience of running a project, a social event or putting on a show is so rewarding and counts for so much.
In what ways did studying at CCCU prepare you for your current role?
The Performing Arts course at CCCU gives you an opportunity to experience many different roles. This gave me such a broad range of skills, all of which I use in my current role.
Do you have a favourite memory of your time at CCCU?
There really are too many but watching my directing devising piece performed at the end of my third year, organising our end of year ball, performing in annual musical and running variety nights to name but a few.