Our professional connections result in numerous work opportunities for our students. Many Scottish performing companies will approach us when they are casting young adults in their productions. Recent engagements for our students have included the National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Shakespeare Company, Citizens Theatre, Tron Theatre, Òran Mór, Royal Lyceum Theatre, and a collaboration with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Radio 3, where some of our actors took part in a semi-staged performance of Much Ado About Nothing at the City Halls in Glasgow.
We’ll give you the opportunity to gain experience working in professional theatres as part of the programme, which can include producing and presenting your own work in the On the Verge festival at the Arches, exchanges and co-productions, and presenting final year performances at the Tron Theatre.
Diaspora, an annual collaboration with the Tron and the National Theatre of Scotland, has brought international theatre artists to Glasgow to work with our students and other Scottish-based professionals. Plays and practitioners have included contributions from Canada, Russia, Romania, Singapore, Iran, Israel, Greece, Nigeria, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Australia, and India.
As a student you will also be able to participate in several national competitions including Spotlight Showcase, The Sam Wanamaker Festival, The Gielgud Award, and The Laurence Olivier Award Bursary, which have been awarded to previous Conservatoire students.
The most significant work opportunity of the programme will be your final year Acting Showcase. This will be presented to agents, managers, directors, and producers both in London and in Glasgow.
Built into the programme are a tremendous number of exchange opportunities; recently these have included performances at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, the International Theatre Schools Festival in Warsaw, and the Folkwang University of the Artists, Essen, and extended workshop and study tours to the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch School in Berlin, and I-act in Alexandria. You can choose to take advantage of our participation in the Erasmus scheme and our exchange agreement with California Institute of the Arts.
As your programme progresses, we allow you to actively seek work opportunities in the industry, unlike many drama schools. Previous students have joined worldwide tours with National Theatre of Scotland, performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company (both touring and in Stratford), and undertaken film and television roles during their time with us.