Amy Evans: The Joseph Carvill Memorial Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Vocal Studies

We’ve caught up with BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate Amy Evans who has been awarded The Joseph Carvill Memorial Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Vocal Studies!Amy Evans

1. What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?

I studied BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and graduated September 2016.

2. What did you do after graduation?

After graduation I have gone on to study the new Musical Theatre Masters at the University of Wolverhampton in the hope that it will help me progress into teaching at a Higher Education level and further expand my knowledge of the subject that I am passionate about and enjoy thoroughly.

3. What is your current job?

Bar/Front of house staff at the Garrick Theatre Lichfield. This job requires me to work between the theatres green room bar and the front of house floor. At the bar I am responsible for serving customers drinks before shows and during the interval. The front of house position requires me to greet audience member’s pre show and ensure they are seated in the correct seats ready for curtain up. I also sell ice cream in the theatre at show intervals.

4. What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is the interaction I have with the theatre audiences; it is great to talk to people from different walks of life. I enjoy the chat of theatre and constantly being around something I love.

5. How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job – or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?

Studying at the University of Wolverhampton has helped me to improve my self-confidence. Before going to the University of Wolverhampton I had very little confidence in my personality and communication skills, which resulted in me being nervous around new people. My course at this University had structured ways of being helpful to everyone’s individual goals, modules and lecturers worked hard to ensure that the University and course would develop each student and help them develop into the graduates that they wanted to be. For me this is exactly what it did and I owe the University and my tutors a great deal of thanks for the support I received as I am now a graduate that is confident and I am ready to progress into postgraduate study with the belief that the University will once again support me in my journey through Higher Education.

6. What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

The best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton was the unconditional support of my University tutors, specifically the four that work closely with musical theatre students: Sarah Browne, Sarah Whitfield, Hannah Dulson and James Lovelock. All lecturers in the Faculty of Arts at the University are incredibly supportive and become relied upon by many of the students in the Faculty. Their help and support (even in times that weren’t related to academics) really made my experience at University less stressful and more enjoyable. I would advise anyone studying at the University to use their lecturers to their advantage because they will not only be a massive help but they can also become a friendly face to see at University that keeps you going through the toughest times.

7. What’s next for you? Any goals or aspirations still to achieve?

My Masters is the next step for me which I will study at the University of Wolverhampton – Walsall campus. I hope to complete this to a high standard whilst creating material to build up a professional portfolio. In the future I hope to achieve a career in teaching in the Higher Education sector; I would like to become a lecturer or visiting workshop leader with the aim of sharing my passion for theatre with those that come through University looking for guidance. I would love to keep performing as a hobby and market myself as a performer for bookings and gigs.

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