Unlock Your Potential – March 2021

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A two-day online event of creative inspiration, career advice and industry horizon-scanning.

Programme of Events

Wednesday 24th March

1000-1100 The Everyman

EverymanPreparing for an interview in the world of theatre. https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/b4ff1c59804f4ab5aaf866400360ab78




1100-1200    Scouse Bird


How to turn entertaining your friends on social media into a million pound business

Steph Bannister started as an anonymous social media blogger and became an overnight sensation with her hilarious posts about life as a ‘Scouse Bird’. Scouse Bird Problems has won a loyal fan base since it launched earlier this year, becoming a guilty pleasure for over 100,000 devoted followers. The Scouse Bird brand now encompasses beauty salons, an online store and a high street shop. Steph will share how she turned entertaining her friends into a huge social media business.



1100-1200      Tiffany Strawson  – “A future in performance”

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1200-1300      Barrington Paul Robinson

FIlm Producer Masterclass

Barrington is a producer whose company, redbag Pictures, was named one of Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow”. He has worked with director Jo Barnes on Bird Feeder, director Mary Nighy on her short feature Player, and with director Jack Herbert on The Hero’s Journey.




1300-1400       ICE in collaboration with the Liverpool Film Officeice logo

The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) at Edge Hill University connects staff and students with cultural industries locally, nationally, and internationally. We discuss the new MA International Creative Enterprise starting in September 2021, designed to train the cultural entrepreneurs, creators, and organisers of tomorrow. The MA includes a work placement in the North West, and Edge Hill graduates can take advantage of a fee reduction. We will also be telling you about “Twenty-One”, a new training and jobs programme for Edge Hill graduates.




1400-1500 Careers & Placement Drop-in

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1400-1500 The Liverpool Everyman

Yep ProgrammeMatt Rutter, Artistic Director – Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP). Matt has worked professionally as an actor and Director.




1500-1600 BBC Bristol  Careers Talk

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In this session Jane Zurakowski Talent Exec, Production Management, BBC Studios, Bristol Natural History Unit (NHU) and Unscripted, and Lorraine Heaton, Senior Resourcing and Talent Production Management, BBC Studios, will offer an overview of what the NHU and Unscripted departments are looking for in entry level applications, as well as discussing the exciting role of the Television Production Manager.



1530-1630 Danny Woodward of Whitewood Studio – Producer/Engineer.

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Danny Woodward has been a professional sound engineer for the last 15 years, working in recording studios and in live sound reinforcement.  His early career saw him work as a house engineer at local venues 02 Academy and the legendary Korova. Recently Danny has taken on tour management and Front of House (FOH) duties for Electronic duo Aquilo, and FOH for future rock and roll star Louis Berry, as well as helping Dan Croll, Spring King and Bill Ryder-Jones whenever he can. Ten years ago Danny set up Whitewood with engineer Robert Whitley. From there Danny has recorded and mixed many other artists. He has worked for Island, Virgin, Ministry of Sound, Epitaph, Bella Union, Chess Club and Moshi Moshi record labels. His recording skills have taken him further afield, engineering and producing records in Paris, Oslo and Los Angeles.



1500-1600 Performing Arts Alumni Panel

dancersPerforming Arts Alumni panel, hosted by James Hewison, Senior Lecturer, Dance.




1600-1700 How to run your own Theatre Company

Turntable comp logoChris Tomlinson, Associate Director YEP, Co director of Turntable Theatre Company and a director with ‘Off the Ground’ Theatre Company.



1700 –  The Department of Creative Arts Presents:

Shout logoHighlights from the irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical takes audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as ‘To Sir with Love’, ‘Downtown’, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, and ‘Goldfinger’.

The review follows five groovy gals as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing. Travelling in time from 1960 to 1970, SHOUT! chronicles the dawning liberation of women, the rise of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Cilla Black as independent women with major careers, and their American counterparts, redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender.

Director: Jay McWinen

Musical Director: Andrew Corcoran

Available to watch from the  Blackboard Organisation page for this event.

Thursday 25th March


0900-1200 ITV Mock Assessment Centre

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Places for this event will be by invitation.

1100-1200 The business of Theatre

Mark Da Vanzo – CEO & Natalie Gilmore – Head of FinanceEveryman



1230-1330 London Theatrical Agent  – Damian McCarthy

Damian agency logoLondon Theatrical Agent, Damian McCarthy
“The Theatrical Agent – How to Find and Secure Representation”



1230-1330 ITV Entertainment Team Careers Session

itv logohttps://eu.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/558802aa6ba142d5ad7665497e39b44e


1330-1400 Taught Masters Course Session

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1400-1500 Katie Lander Masterclass

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Katie Lander is an organisational development and career expert who has worked at Brown Bag Films UK, leading the L&D function for their Manchester 2D animation studio. She was invited to join the Animation Skills Council in 2019. With over 25 years of experience in employability in a variety of sectors, Katie started her career as an actor in musical theatre, and continues to freelance as a writer and script consultant for independent theatre and film.  This gives her a unique perspective on how to support creative talent.



1500-1600 Alumni Panel: They Did It, So Can You


Teacher Lee Royle, actor Philip McGuinness, Production Coordinator Holly Thornton, Sound Engineer James Duckworth, Animator Dominic Spall.



1700 –  The Department of Creative Arts Presents:

Little WomanBased on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women, follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested.

The excerpts from this powerful score soar with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache, and hope, the sounds of a young America and femininity finding its voice.

Available to watch from the  Blackboard Organisation page for this event.

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