Student case studies - Performing Arts

We are proud to produce graduates who are skilled, creative performing arts practitioners who can critically reflect on, and interlink theory and practice.

Rebecca Namgauds BA (Hons) Dance

Rebecca Namgauds, first class honours graduate in Dance, has been very active in the Birmingham dance scene since graduating, broadening her horizons by taking a series of professional classes and workshops nationally and internationally.

She celebrating the showing of her choreographic work Severed Dreams in London at the Cloud Dance Festival 2013. Rebecca was also a dancer at the festival, performing with the West Midlands Rutherford Dance Company.

Reflecting on her studies, Rebecca says of her course: “Work-based learning dance modules, as well as studio-based modules gave me the skills and knowledge I am now using as a professional dance artist within performance, devising work and also managing myself and my time.” 

Rachel Hardway MA Drama

MA Drama graduate Rachel Hardway always had a dream of opening her own stage school, and with the help of the SPEED Plus business start-up project, her dream has become a reality.

Support from the project allowed Rachel to launch Breakout Performing Arts, teaching children from 3-16 years old to sing, dance and act. All classes take place in the University’s Performance Hub on Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton.

Rachel says: “I’ve created a business plan for the future of Breakout Performing Arts and will soon be expanding the school shop – setting up more classes and looking to introduce franchises of Breakout Performing Arts across the UK and abroad. SPEED Plus has definitely given me a great starting point and I now feel confident in following through my ideas for expansion.”

Andrew Cooksley, BA (Hons) Music and Popular Music

Andrew Cooksley, BA (Hons) Music and Popular Music, 2001 graduate has been a successful session player with bands across the country, playing in West End theatre in the UK and on European tours.

He now works at Abbey Road Studios for Chris Egan Music, playing guitar and working on orchestration and composition. 

“The best part of the job for me is the great variety. After years of playing shows, which can become repetitive, it's nice to be able to do everything I've trained in on film, TV and theatre projects.

“My studies were a while ago, but taught me the most important thing is to learn how to push yourself. Be independent, never wait to be handed anything, work hard to become good enough to do what you want to do.

“I just really enjoyed the entire experience at the University of Wolverhampton. Of being in an environment where you can spend all of your time immersed in music, improving your skills so you can hopefully build yourself a career in the future.”

Further case studies:

Konig, MA Music, Konig first studied at the Conservatoire in Birmingham then came here for the MA Music. Heand says the University of Wolverhampton is the best university he has encountered.

Greg Marshall, MA Drama and Performance Graduate, 2012

Alex Brockie, MA Drama and Performance Graduate, 2012

Sylwia Dobkowska, BA (Hons) Drama and Performance, 2009

Nicholas Hill, BA (Hons) Drama and Performance, 2012

Gavin Thatcher, BA (Hons) Drama and Performance, 2010

Harriet Dyer, BA (Hons) Drama and Performance, 2008

Phoebe Elliot, BA (Hons) Drama and Performance, 2009