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BLOG: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – New Year… Same Problems

Firstly I’d like to wish all readers to these ramblings a very happy and healthy 2015. Secondly a big thanks to all the people that have contacted me about my Christmas Wish as written about in my last blog. What has struck me, is quite how many people have privately emailed to say that this is a very real problem ...

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BLOG: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Support each other in 2015

Does the man maketh the actor or the actor maketh the man? Whichever pedagogy you subscribe to – the ‘man’ pretends to be someone else or the ‘man’ becomes someone else, there is a constant - ‘the man’ Therefore it stands to reason that drama colleges need to look after the individual with a holistic approach, in order to make ...

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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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