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Alex Hughes

Performing Arts graduate

When did you graduate and what degree did you complete?

I graduated from CCCU in 2013 with a Performing Arts degree.

Tell us about your current role - what does it entail?

I am a freelance Stage Manager. This means I work for myself as appose to a specific company. With being freelance within this profession you have to be flexible to move where the work is. As I have experience of all Stage Management roles, what the job entails can be tricky to pinpoint. Everything from prop making to calling and operating a show.

What excites you most about your work?

What excites me about my job is that it never feels like I’m going to work. Always meeting new people, visiting new places and every day presents a different challenge to overcome.

What advice would you give students trying to get into your profession?

Be prepared to work hard. There’s thousands of people wanting to do the same as you, so you must have the right attitude. You may not get consistent work straight away but keep at it. Determination is everything. In the early days you’ll have to work long hours for little money but as I’ve said before the job is so rewarding. Also learn to make good tea and coffee…directors will remember that!

In what ways did studying at CCCU prepare you for your current role?

The Performing Arts course was brilliant as you were able to experience different departments. This comes in handy when being a freelance Stage Manager because your skills set is much wider. You have technical knowledge which is great as employers can often want a two in one deal where they advertise for a Technical Stage Manager. Costume and Set Design is also an advantage as you tend to work closely with designers on shows.

Do you have a favourite memory of your time at CCCU?

I’m not sure I’d be able to pinpoint a specific favourite memory. However creating my own Directing and Devising piece was a lot of fun! I met some cracking people too!


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