When Your Teachers Become Your Friends

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Student Blog, Uncategorised

Written by Rachel Maynard-Stenning - Student on our One Year Foundation Course in Musical Theatre
I cannot stress how stagey the atmosphere is at READ - not to put you off -but I’m saying this to encourage and enlighten Musical Theatre and Acting bods out there. Our college aims to develop talent and nurture personalities, offering professional training from some of the best teachers in the country (in my opinion), as well as

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Audition Season (Meltdowns and All)

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Student Blog

Written by Rae Fitzell - 2nd Year Sixth Form student on the Acting strand
I’m currently on a train to Birmingham ready for my recall tomorrow and as the landscape slips passed me (we’ve just passed Oxford) I’ve been thinking about my last month of audition craziness. Sorry. I should probably introduce myself, I’m Rae and I’m a second year sixth former at Read College. This year is my first year of auditioning for drama

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How to Get in To Drama School

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Tutor Blogs

By Jamie Read - Director of Theatre Faculty at READ College This article first appeared in The Stage in 2014, and you can hear Jamie talk on the subject at this year's Move It show at London Excel!
The five top tips... 1. Know your casting bracket. If you don’t know the roles that you are likely to play, or the companies you are likely to work with, then it is very hard to know what training

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Our New Home!

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Tutor Blogs, Uncategorised

After months of planning, we have some very exciting news that we are delighted to share with you all... READ College is moving to an amazing new home at the heart of the Arts community in Reading! As from September this year, we will be located in the newly-created St Bart's Theatre, at Palmer Park, just east of Reading town centre. A beautiful 19th century Church building, St Bart's will not only be a spectacular home

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A Tribute to the Teachers

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Student Blog

By Zoe Denyer - Student on our Foundation Course in Musical Theatre
It’s less than a week until both the actor and musical theatre graduate showcase and everyone is emotional and exhausted but ultimately can see the final goal for which we have all worked so hard. Our year at Read is almost at its end and I wish to dedicate this blog to the phenomenal teachers, who without, none of us would have been

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Building The Foundations

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Tutor Blogs

By Sarah Martin - Contemporary Dance Tutor at READ College
I really do understand first-hand the importance of Read College’s Foundation course. You may think this is because as the contemporary teacher here at Read, I get to see the amazing progress each student achieves throughout their year with us. This is true, but actually it is because I myself did a foundation course in Musical Theatre before I went on to continue my professional

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The Pressure is On

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Tutor Blogs

By Helen Read - Director of Dance Faculty at READ College
The pressure is on at Read College as our students near the end of our first term. We are just 2 weeks away from our first round of assessments and the foundation course students will start their auditions for 3 year colleges in the New Year. As Director of Dance I work predominantly with our 6th formers and one year Musical Theatre students, although

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A Marathon you have to Sprint

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Student Blog

By Rachael Chomer - Student on our Foundation Course in Musical Theatre
Living in the present moment - 'Enlightenment happens on the journey. Not the destination. 'Try to take the moment present and a present for the moment.' - Stephen Sondheim I am currently on my easter holiday, the time of year where self motivation comes into play, and sit ups alone in my room become the norm, due to the lack of studio space and classmates to

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You @ Read College

Posted by Jamie Read Posted in Featured, Student Blog

By Aidan Owen - Student on our Foundation Course in Acting
Group Shot DSC4408-2 R- REVEL in your already found success, all to well you can easily forget the great journey you've took yourselves on, to arrive at this given moment. Sit back, and remember the dexterity you had to achieve your current place. Whether it's GCSE's, here at 'Read' or beyond, be pleased you continued and

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