Drama school success for talented Middlesbrough College students

05 May 2022

Middlesbrough College’s Production Arts department are celebrating a string of successful offers, as their students have been offered places at a range of fantastic drama schools.    

Four talented teenagers, Enna Stephens, Brooke Richardson, Joel Welford and Ellis Pickering, who are all studying the Level 3 Stage Management and Operations (Production Arts) course at Middlesbrough College, have been successful in gaining places at London drama schools, including the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).    

LAMDA is the oldest theatre school in the country and is well-known for preparing its graduates for highly successful professional careers within the entertainment industry. Aspiring set designer and Middlesbrough College student Enna Stephens has gained a place at the top drama school to study for a degree in Production Arts on stage and screen starting this September. Enna said: “I’ve absolutely loved my time at Middlesbrough College, and I’m really excited about starting at LAMDA. 

“The College has been very supportive of me and my career dreams. I’ve gained lots of experience working on theatre productions, which has enhanced my skills and set me up for a career in the industry. I’ve really enjoyed working on the shows at College and seeing my sets come to life.  

“I would recommend studying at Middlesbrough College, especially if you are a creative individual with a passion for design. I’m so excited for the future and can’t thank the College enough for all their help.” 

Brooke Richardson, an aspiring Stage Manager has gained a place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study for a degree in Production Arts and Stage Management. Guildhall School of Music and Drama is famous for their notable alumni, which include Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor and Lily James! Brooke said: “I’m over the moon that I’ve been offered a place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama! I’m very passionate about theatre and the arts and now I’m one step closer to fulfilling my career ambition of becoming a Stage Manager. 

“Middlesbrough College has been a fantastic place to study. We have had so many opportunities to work on shows and gain hands-on industry experience. I’m always learning something new and learning about different areas of the sector too. I’ve recently gained experience working at Darlington Hippodrome on a production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It’s great that the College has helped me to gain meaningful work experience and it’s been a brilliant addition to my CV.” 

Joel Welford and Ellis Pickering have also been successful in securing places at Rose Bruford College to study Creative Lighting Control. Joel, who wants to pursue a career in lighting design said: “The course at Middlesbrough College has helped me to learn lots of new skills and I’ve really enjoyed working backstage on a range of productions. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone who wants to pursue a career in technical theatre.  

Classmate Ellis said: “I’ve really enjoyed studying at Middlesbrough College as I’m genuinely interested in seeing how everything works behind the scenes. I’m excited that my journey is continuing at Rose Bruford College in September. There’s more work than there are technicians now in the industry so it’s the perfect time to consider a career in production arts!” 

Claire Teasdale, Stage Management and Operations course Co-ordinator said: “I’m immensely proud of our students and their amazing achievements. I can’t wait to see where their careers will take them.”  

If you are interested in a career in technical theatre, studying Middlesbrough College’s Stage Management and Operations course could be the perfect choice for you. Applications are open for September 2022. Find out more and apply here.  

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