Current Employer/Organisation Name
Doorstep Arts CiC
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
Whilst on the MA Applied Theatre at Exeter University I met my now colleague, who was an Occasional Teacher on one of the course modules I signed up to. Our professional relationship developed and we set up and are now 7 years into running one of the first and only Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations in Torbay.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I have always had a passion for theatre and working with young people, communities and social justice. I found the MA course whilst browsing on the uni website and it seemed to fuse all of my passions together, so I immediately sent in an application. I most enjoy seeing the powerful transformation in children, young people and communities through theatre – either watching, participating in or creating your own.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
I loved networking and debating with incredible, like minded individuals and being challenged on my work. My highlight would have to be working with a wonderful lecturer Fiona Macbeth who’s work has continued to inspire and impact me even now. Also meeting my wonderful friend and colleague Erin Walcon.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
I enjoyed being part of the Drama department, meeting wonderful people, studying hard and gaining access to the incredible library!
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
The course was a perfect fit and it was amazing to find it right here in Devon, where I live.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Everything I learnt on my Masters course, all the lectures I had and the networking I was able to do completely informs what I am currently doing in my career.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Work hard, say yes to everything at first, volunteer initially, network, make a good impression, graft and try out lots of different aspects of the industry to figure out what fits for you!
What are your plans for the future?
Short tern – To ensure that Doorstep Arts is stable and resilient so that we can respond to Torbay’s needs. Long Term – a PhD – my practice has developed so much, I have learnt so much and I would like to dedicate time in the future to studying and researching the impact of my work.