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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… The New Writing Challenge

The MTA is the only UK college that has a policy to actively support new writing and indeed new writers. There are lots of colleges that pay a certain degree of lip service to this e.g. put on the odd new musical every so often – but when you think about the resources that the larger colleges have and the ...

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BLOG: Annemarie Lewis Thomas… The Audition Problem

Last week saw the last audition day in our 2014 ‘season’. I say season because it’s increasingly feeling like something akin to a football season. There are definitely a premiere league of colleges (or conservatoires as they call themselves…so good that they give themselves a French name!), then there are a number of colleges in the high first division, well ...

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BLOG: Annemarie Lewis Thomas… Training, for Life!

As ever I’d like to thank people for sharing and liking my last blog about why The MTA has chosen not to apply to be part UK Drama. I’d also like to thank UK Drama for answering all the queries that the blog raised…I’d like to…but I can’t, because as always they’ve stayed really quiet. Probably busy planning their next ...

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