Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

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Naomi Vandermolen

Graduating from the University of Leeds from Performance Design opened my mind up to a fascinating world of culture, performance, stage art and much more. I was captivated by the diverse areas I was introduced to and was inspired by my lecturer’s knowledge of performance possibilities. Therefore, when the opportunity rose to be part of the creative team of a site- specific performance for the Prague Quadrennial 2011, the summer after my graduation, I couldn’t resist. Following this exciting experience I was offered an interview at The Bridge House Theatre, Warwick.

Since the start of September I have been living on-site at Warwick School, in a fully-subsidized flat, and working as a paid Performing Arts Intern for ‘The Bridge House Theatre’, a company which supports Warwick School’s Drama department and hosts a range of shows and events throughout the year for the general public. My role has given me the opportunity to contribute creatively to each school and professional production. I particularly appreciate being in a position where I am able to be involved with every area of production: stage construction work, props, rigging, model making and stage management. I even teach my own sixth form prop making class weekly. Being part of a very small team made up of a General Theatre Manager, Technical Manager and a part- time Theatre Designer, I am able to get professional help and guidance across all areas.

I am currently designing Warwick School’s Middle School production of ‘The Elephant Man’ by Adam Jarvis, due to debut the beginning of March. My concept includes Victorian Freaks implicated in a circus world around the Elephant Man, which will be made up of a three-man puppet. My duties will include organizing a student backstage crew along with costumes, set and lighting; I am very excited for the challenge. In April, I will also have the opportunity to be part of the staff team on the Drama Tour to Toronto, Canada. 30 students will be performing in six different venues over two weeks. My role will be to manage the backstage areas of each show. I fully anticipate this to be a challenging but rewarding experience.

I thoroughly enjoy my position and each day is completely different. Despite being only halfway through my placement, I have already met so many inspirational people and also learnt invaluable skills which I know I will continue to develop in the future

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