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What were you doing before you came to LAMDA?
I was working at a sixth form college as a mentor, advising students on universities and careers as well as organising and planning several events throughout the year. I would work 8:30am to 4:30pm then drive 45 minutes to my community theatre to stage manage productions, sometimes leaving in the early hours of the morning, to gain more experience in theatre.
Why did you decide to apply to LAMDA?
I did the stage management summer school at LAMDA and loved it, however I was worried about funding two years training. I applied to various drama schools and academies that offer one-year training at a lower cost but they didn’t have the breadth of modules and knowledge on offer at LAMDA. I wanted to learn about all departments in theatre, not just stage management, so I can appreciate the work others do and help out when things go wrong. LAMDA also has a lot of weight when finding work, I wanted the LAMDA name on my CV and be part of the LAMDA family working in theatre worldwide.
How would you describe the training at LAMDA?
It’s very intense, but I’m learning so much, which is what I wanted from my training. You’re constantly on the go and I learn a completely different new skill each day, from welding to paperwork, and I love learning so much.
What’s the best thing about studying at LAMDA?
Having the opportunity to experience every department and to learn not only what that department has to do but how demanding it is physically and mentally. I’m currently in construction, something I wouldn’t have chosen to do and I am not planning on going into a construction career but I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far and now understand how I can appreciate all the work that goes into making a small piece of scenery. Also working with industry professionals and being taught by people who have a vast amount of experience and are still working in the industry is a big plus; being a LAMDA is like a two-year networking event.
What excites you most about LAMDA's new training centre?
Honestly, I’m looking forward to not have to load vans with our equipment! I’m also excited to be in our own space and to be able to take more ownership of it. I think it will also be a great opportunity for more teaching, with our classrooms and equipment all on site.
Describe your time at LAMDA in three words.
Busy. Insightful. Exciting.
Lucy graduates in 2018.