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York St John and York Theatre Royal join forces to set the stage for students

Published: 22 July 2021

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  •    Students
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York St John University have teamed up with York Theatre Royal to give students unique arts industry experience.

Access to theatre spaces, professional project opportunities and theatre mentorship are just a few of the exciting opportunities on offer through a new sponsorship arrangement between the two organisations.

The Theatre and University already work closely to deliver curriculum and extracurricular activities for students. The collaboration will bring this to the front of stage, by expanding the experiences and connections available to students.

Dr Sarah O’Brien, Associate Head of School for Performance at York St John University said:

“Our partnership with York Theatre Royal offers highly valuable placement opportunities within an international professional performance institution for all of our York St John University Acting, Musical Theatre and Drama students.

“This includes rehearsal room shadowing and performance opportunities, ’take-over’ events and placements at the York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre.”

Juliet Forster, Creative Director at York Theatre Royal, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be forming a new partnership with York St John University. We have a strong track record of partnership projects with them, and both our organisations are committed to supporting and encouraging the growth of artistic talent in York.

“At a time when Arts Education - and the industry itself - is under pressure, it is all the more important that arts organisations work closely with students and provide professional input and opportunities to strengthen their learning.”

A third year York St John University student was awarded a Graduate Prize earlier this year as part of the collaboration. The student’s piece will be developed over the summer with a view to producing a professional production on the York Theatre Royal stage in the autumn.

Find out more about Acting, Musical Theatre and Drama courses at York St John University.

York Theatre Royal has been welcoming and entertaining residents and visitors from far and wide since 1744. Learn more about the Theatre here.

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