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Degree: FdA Theatre and Performance
Progression From: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Theatre at St Helens College

Aspiring Performing Arts Lecturer, Caitlin, has a real passion for the arts and a fierce determination to achieve a successful career in the industry.

Caitlin’s love for performing was sparked from the age of six, when she decided to explore her talents by joining a dance club and again, at De La Salle High School, where she studied GCSE dance. In her spare time, she attended Willpower Youth Theatre in Wigan.

With a passion to perform, the level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional theatre at St Helens College was the perfect way for her to “channel her energy” in an “expressive and creative way.” From gaining leading roles in the department’s musical showcases to representing the College in a gala performance at the St Helens Theatre Royal, performing to over 700 audience members, Caitlin thrived on opportunities such as this.

After achieving a distinction on her course, Caitlin felt that undertaking the FdA in Theatre and Performance at University Centre St Helens, was a natural progression route, especially with the added benefit of studying locally in an environment that she feels “nurtures her creativity”.

Now a full-time student in her first year, Caitlin has already explored directing, performance techniques and individual studies on practitioners within the arts. Caitlin says, “the modules are varied in nature and cover everything from performance to set design and directing, giving me the opportunity to explore all of the possibilities in theatre, not just performing on the stage.”

Caitlin adds, “The directing module has to be my favourite so far, as I am able to create scenes from written scripts and bring them to life. The module has also allowed me to experience a side of theatre that I wouldn’t have explored on my own. I have loved the opportunity to work behind the camera and backstage.”

The lecturers at University Centre St Helens have a great wealth of industry experience and are active professional performers. Their industry contacts enable students to take advantage of fantastic opportunities, from undertaking workshops and masterclasses with theatre professionals to working on community projects, collaborating with other talented, local performers.

Caitlin credits the supportive nature and creative license that lecturers provide on her degree, allowing her to “be independent within a creative space and create performances to be truly proud of”.

Looking to the future, Caitlin hopes to top-up her studies with the one-year BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance (Top-up) degree, before working towards achieving a teaching qualification to become a Performing Arts Lecturer.