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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The true price of auditions

Last July I wrote this blog all about the dilemma of running an ethical audition day, and more specifically about the difficulties that we face. We hear time and time again from auditionees how unfair the audition process is to get into drama college, with the main point of the argument always coming down to money, asking why, unlike any ...

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OPINION : Annemarie Lewis Thomas – be a pro and just get on with it.

Saturday saw the end of yet another term in the ever revolving carousel that is The MTA intensive 2 year programme. Of course one of our unique features is the fact that we produce a public performance at the end of every term… so Saturday also saw the end of this year’s production of Something Old, Something New, our annual ...

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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 – The Fighting Voice!

A fortnight after my last blog and at least one of the debates that I spoke about back then rages on. Sadly the slight flicker of recognition that our industry has a serious issue with Mental Health has died away, save only for the dying embers of a random blog. No news on what Equity are actually going to do ...

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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 – 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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