‘Skill Up in Theatre and Performance’ is our programme for Year 12 students interested in finding out more about life as a Theatre and Performance undergraduate as well as the career opportunities that our course can offer.
Our Theatre and Performance course is a dynamic combination of practical and theoretical study, and through our two-day campus experience on 4th and 5th April, participants will experience academic sessions including lectures and workshops reflective of this diverse curriculum. Sessions are developed and delivered by academics from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and are all hosted in the University’s contemporary performance space, stage@leeds.
The programme is designed to support participants in developing the vital theatre and performance skills, critical thinking and analytical skills that will support their transition to university. They will be joined and supported by our welcoming Student Ambassadors, who will answer questions all about university life and studying in Leeds, and gain a comprehensive understanding of what life is really like for a theatre and performance student.
They will also have the chance to get to know each other during our social activity at Leeds Playhouse, the largest producing theatre in the north and may get the opportunity to book discounted tickets to see Lord of the Flies on the evening of the 4th April.
Last year we had the best time with the students on Skill Up – it was such a enlightening experience for them to work directly with lecturers, specialists and industry professionals. I wish I’d had this opportunity when I was going to University, as I wouldn’t have spent years trying to figure out what I wanted to do for my career!
– Amy Lancelot, Leeds Playhouse
Applications for Skill Up 2023 are now closed. We will open applications for 2024 in December 2023.
Here's a taster of some of the sessions and activities that were delivered at the our campus event last year.
As Head of School of Performance and Cultural Industries, I’m delighted to see our Skill Up in Theatre and Performance programme come together for 2023. There is no shortage of exciting things on offer, and the collaboration with Leeds Playhouse, a long-standing friend and partner of the school, just adds to that sense of excitement. We have been offering a version of this programme for a number of years now, and the participants are always so positive about the experiences they have had. It is also a great opportunity for our colleagues in the School to share their expertise and skills, with the next generation of theatre and performance artists and professionals.
– Professor Jonathan Pitches, Head of School of Performance and Cultural Industries