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July 28, 2019 Susan Elkin

Lots of writing careers in theatre

Why aren’t we telling young people about the writing and writing-related careers which drive our industry? Careers advisers working in secondary schools...

June 30, 2019 Susan Elkin

Play writing books

I am gradually amassing quite a pile of books about writing plays. Collecting and reading them is probably a displacement/procrastination activity. One...

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...

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