American Theatre Arts BA (Hons)

I think ATA kind of builds you up to be different from everyone else. It was such a unique experience. I thought to myself “Yeah, I kind of want to spend three years here”. I didn’t just want to act. I have other skills. I wanted a course that really was going to push me
in all the different areas. We get to do a lot of devising work, we get to do a lot of writing… we get to sing, we get to direct. The industry we’re in is intense and I think
Bruford provides that intensity that you’re going to be subjected to when you leave but it does it in a extremely supportive and caring manner. Sounds like a simplification but I learned how to think
which was really vital so that I learned how to be critical and think about the work that I was in, about the work that I was making. I think it really gave me an appreciation of what all practitioners do, not just actors… but playwrights, designers, directors and the job I do I have to work with all of those people. You become a well-rounded practitioner rather than just a straightforward actor. And then we also have agents come in, producers, different directors come and direct our shows which is exciting so you make such a network of people, when you come out of Rose Bruford you you have a leg to stand on. You find a lot about who you are and the actor that you are in ATA and I feel like if you definitely are looking to go on that journey of yourself and how you feel you’ll fit in the industry and what you’ll bring to the industry then ATA is definitely the course for that. So I know that if I bring an ATA graduate into work with my theatre company they’re going to work their hardest all the time and they’re going to be able to apply themselves in all these different areas because they truly are multi-skilled. So the structure of the ATA program within the first year is building up your skills so it’s basically the foundation level and getting everyone on the same platform. So you have context classes and skills classes and your skills classes is to do with training the voice, training the body. Then in the second semester we started to do a lot of devising work. You get put in a group of people and you get to devise a whole 50 minute piece which is kind of the first opportunity you get to sort of create something for yourself. Then within the second year, you do a semester abroad in America. It’s the only drama course that I know of that sends you to America for a semester. I loved the experience of studying in America. I got to do things that I wouldn’t have normally got to do in England. The highlight I think for most people their second semester of second year is the House Show where you do a fully immersive site-specific theatre production. And then when you come into your third year, we do this module called professional preparation throughout the whole year, really gathering everything that you need to get together. And then in the second part of that year, we do our independent research projects which are practical and written and then you apply all the knowledge of all the three years into two productions at the end of the year and you finish your three years on a high. For me, I’ve never walked away from somewhere and wanted to be there so much. There was an energy that was like: “We want to make you part of the team, the family” So I was like, yeah I’m on board for that.

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