European Theatre Arts (Training the Contemporary Performer) BA (Hons)

I wanted something more than just actor training. There was no other course like it. I stumbled upon it! [Laughs] I came in thinking performing was one thing and came out with a completely different idea. ETA is a course for people who want to create. ETA for me is a course that prepares an artist for anything. It caters for all different performers. It doesn’t put you in a box. It just lets you… discover what you might possibly want to do. It teaches you not just one skill. That kind of multi-faceted approach… gives you the skill-set to do lots of different things, but also makes you not afraid to do lots of different things. So you learn the skills of a director, of a dramaturg, of a lighting designer, of a movement director… so then you not only leave the course trained physically as an actor… but trained as a theatre-maker. The thing that I enjoy most about it is how challenging it is. I was a machine by the time I left this course, I never ever thought… that I would ever be that kind of practitioner, but I was! It drove you to keep going and keep pursuing and never think “Oh, that’ll do”. The thing I enjoy the most about studying on ETA is the collaborative aspect. There’s a lot of links with the technical courses with lighting design, stage management, sound design… and bringing all of those together in such a tight-knit community allows for a lot of collaboration. The main aim of it is to make you become a practitioner within yourself. In first year, they just throw as much knowledge at you as possible. So you get a whole load of short modules. Say for instance, like you’re at dinner, you get to try all these dishes. Everything from German expressionism, Checkov, classical based stuff… you get clowning and puppetry and everything. So it’s more like a toolbox. And then second year is the bridge. You start to become more independent. Second year I think is finding who you are. You go on placement. I spent my Erasmus in Barcelona. It was an incredible time. The exchange of culture but also artistic development is just at the top of its game. You begin to start to find what you like and then you take that into third year… where you become more independent. You do a devising process so you create a show open to the public finishing off with a dissertation, which basically is your own practice that you want to do in order to create a show. Rose Bruford College is very welcoming for international students and even just on ETA we have people from all around Europe and I find it very inspiring. ETA has changed me a lot as an artist and a person. For one thing, it has blown me out of all the comfort zones in the world. It’s just pushed me. But it’s helped me see I have a voice and like it’s helped me see my potential.

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