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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Do your research!

Apologies to regular readers of my ramblings for a longer than normal interval between my blogs. That said I’m confident that nobody has been pacing up and down the cyber corridor anxiously waiting for its arrival either. As you can imagine it’s been rather a manic time of late. 19 months of preparation came to fruition a few weeks ago ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Moving… the true cost!

It was a milestone week for the college last week when we finally revealed that we were moving premises. However as with all these things there is a more involved story behind the sound bite. I won’t bore you with the details, but it had become apparent to me a while back that our current premises weren’t going to be ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Putting The “News” Right

I’m not going to lie, I have found the various articles written about drama schools this year infuriating… and we’re only 29 days into the year. There are now two big debates raging – firstly the various high profile performers banging on about the lack of opportunities for working class young people coming through in the arts sector. Last year ...

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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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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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