Aspiring Mansfield College artists get the chance to learn from industry experts


The four-day event was enjoyed by first and second year performing arts students on the acting and musical theater pathways and hosted a host of scholars and practitioners who taught the next generation of d ‘actors, singers and dancers offer a range of skills and abilities necessary for successful careers in their chosen fields.

Simon Watt, Head of the Performing Arts Program, said: “It was fantastic to return to Industry Week after being unable to host visiting professionals last year due to Covid restrictions.

“The chance to work with such a variety of people in a short period of time has been of tremendous benefit to the industry knowledge of our students.

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Theater students show off their ensemble work created with performance designer, writer, filmmaker and digital creator Dr Tom Payne (front, center).

“This range of practitioners and activities provides access to specialist sessions that are not always covered by the program and is also a fun way to reward students for their hard work. We warmly thank all the people and organizations who gave their time to come and work with them.

“Our Star Awards closed this very successful week, with 31 certificates presented to deserving students, ending the term in an incredibly positive and rewarding manner.”

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The event kicked off with a dance workshop led by Jasmine Eccles of the Choreographic Mentorship and Talent Development Program Xzibit Young Creatives as well as vocal workshops by speech-language pathologist Florence Wainwright, a talk and presentation by Christopher Neil, Head of education at Mansfield Palace Theater, a creative session on how to create original new theater around a particular topic by Dr Tom Payne, BA (Hons) Acting and Performance Program Manager at Sheffield Hallam University ( SHU) and co-director of British / Australian performance company Dopplegangster, professional artist turned business teacher Nikita Bridgeman led two dynamic sessions exploring combat on stage and the event ended with the ‘Star Awards’ of the performing arts department, a celebration of achievement that saw many students recognized by their peers and tutors for their tr had relentlessly. during the term.

Dr Tom Payne (left), from Sheffield Hallam University, designs scenes with drama students Scott Self, Keon Maskell (behind, right) and Ash Whetton (front).

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Jasmine Eccles (front, second), of Xzibit Young Creatives, led a dance workshop for musical theater students.
Musical theater students were subjected to a series of vocal exercises by speech therapist Florence Wainwright (center).
Acting students Fin Patterson (left) and Martin Ford practice the combat skills on stage taught by ex-professional artist Nikita Bridgeman.
Florence Wainwright (right), of the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, directs musical theater students Izzie Baker and Rachel Hirst (center) in scripted accent work.


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