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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Another op’nin’, another show!

Another term, another show… or two to be precise. The MTA is the only college to produce a public performance every term. The ‘norm’ on the traditional three year courses is to produce ‘in-house’ productions up until the third year and then unleash their polished graduates to be onto the world in their final year. I think that there are ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The Pro-Active Performer

This week I’ve been struck once again by the number of (paid) jobs that are having to be re-advertised time and time again, simply because there are seemingly no performers out there wanting/needing work. I was always taught (and have gone on to try and instil this philosophy into my students) that it is better to work than not. A ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Answering the call.

I can’t quite believe that we’re coming up to the end of week three already? Where does the time go? Our first years have settled in really well, that is despite the barrage of mental and physical challenges that we’re throwing at them every single day. So far they’ve had a surprise audition with award winning Producer Danielle Tarento (I ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The Principal’s Privilege

I’m writing this week’s blog early – as we’re about to start our new academic year off, which means that I’ll be up to my eyes in classes, admin and meetings for the next week. As I’m writing this 18 students (19 if you count our ‘resitting student’) will (I hope) be contemplating with excitement what they’ve signed up for. ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The Cost of Training

So a few weeks ago David Morrisey was the latest in a long line of actors bemoaning the fact that the arts was becoming the preserve of the elite…the rich middle and upper classes that could afford to be trained. My FB feed was full of people posting the article, all adding their own annoyance at the subject. To join ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas: Bucking the Trend!

It’ll be a quick reflective blog this time, as we approach the end of our academic year. It’s always a bit strange in September, as I keep reading statuses and tweets of my friends and colleagues starting their new years at various colleges, but because of the unusual structure of our course we’re just coming up to the end of ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – What is “success”?

In the last fortnight The Stage has published the findings of a new piece of research undertaken by Drama UK, looking at the employment statistics of the class of 2012 from 5 accredited colleges – Arts Ed, Mountview, Central, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and GSA. The findings of the survey were really interesting to look at as an independent school, ...

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BLOG: Annemarie Lewis Thomas… On the record

I got some fascinating responses from my last blog challenging all colleges to produce more new work. In fact, rather depressingly, I got more feedback from that blog than from some of my other blogs that I considered to be a little bit more provocative. People were quick to tell me about all the other colleges that had produced a ...

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