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May 12, 2019 Susan Elkin

Suspension of the Guildford Two

Guildford School of Acting has just axed (“not recruiting for 2019/20”) two courses: BA Hons Theatre & Performance and BA Hons Dance....

April 28, 2019 Susan Elkin

Make student loans more inclusive

A degree won’t make you an actor if you don’t have the potential to be one. Neither will any other formal qualification....

March 24, 2019 Susan Elkin

Audition fees: scandalous discrimination

Last week Henry Bell, Sheffield-based lecturer and performance director, tweeted: “I’m currently helping a student to apply to drama school. They are...

March 10, 2019 Susan Elkin

Let’s be clear about foundation courses

I’ve thought and written a lot about performing arts foundation courses lately. It’s the time of year when students are looking at...

November 25, 2018 Susan Elkin

Learning about the craft of theatre

A few years ago there was a lot of anxious talk about worsening skills shortages in the performing arts industries. Young people...

October 14, 2018 Susan Elkin

Rule-bound schools hard to work in

I used to love visiting schools. Having taught for many years in secondary schools myself and visited, in various capacities, literally hundreds...

September 2, 2018 Susan Elkin

Why do we bother with bag checks?

What is the point of the perfunctory bag checks which have arrived in theatreland during the last couple of years? Apart from...

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