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Masterclasses and extracurricular activities

Learn directly from industry professionals. Take part in practical sessions that will broaden your performance skills and personal development. Attend theatre visits to watch professional performers in action. Gain an awareness of employability skills and job opportunities.

Students sitting on the floor in a studio listening to a guest lecturer

To enhance your exposure to professional practice, you'll take part in guest masterclasses. This variety of practical activity (which includes networking and personal development) will broaden your performance horizons. For example, you'll take part in a clowning workshop with an actual clown, or learn the art of drag from a professional drag artist. You'll also get to engage with guest speakers and industry professionals through our relationship with Live Theatre.

Through these masterclasses, you'll gain an awareness of employability, as well as recognition of where your developing skills might be relevant for work in an area you weren't aware of before.

A group of performance students taking part in a circus masterclass

In the academic year 2022/23, masterclasses included:

  • Commedia dell'arte masterclass with Artistic Director of MeeMee Theatre Ltd, Pady O’Connor
  • 1-2-1 vocal sessions with professional singer, Val Reed
  • Creative writing with writers, Michael Chaplin and David Almond
  • Radio Drama with writer, Michael Chaplin, and BBC Radio Producer, Eoin O'Callaghan
  • Mamma Mia/Les Misérables workshop with BA (Hons) Performing Arts graduate and West End performer, Jamie Birkett
  • Circus workshop with Bell and Bullock
  • Acting workshop with actor, Charlie Hardwick
  • Puppetry workshop with Puppetship
  • Children's theatre workshop with Children's theatre company, Bigfoot.
Exterior of Live Theatre in Newcastle

To further broaden your performance experience, we'll take you to see live performances at local theatres. Shows booked for 2023/24 include:

  • Cinderella: A Fairytale at Northern Stage
  • Aladdin at Customs House
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sunderland Empire
  • The Mousetrap at Sunderland Empire
  • Shrek at Sunderland Empire
  • The Cold Buffet at Live Theatre
  • Three Acts of Love at Live Theatre.