Curtain closes on Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students’ New York Showcase

Published: March 29, 2017


Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have been given a unique opportunity to launch their stage careers in the biggest theatre market in the USA.

New York’s Signature Theatre played host to American and Canadian students on the BA (Acting), MA (Classical and Contemporary Text), BA Musical Theatre and MA Musical Theatre programmes from Scotland’s national conservatoire as they showcased their skills in front of leading professionals in the American theatre industry.

The exclusive performances provided an opportunity for American and Canadian students to follow in the footsteps of illustrious alumni from across the pond who studied at Scotland’s multi-disciplinary national conservatoire, now ranked in the world’s top three institutions for performing arts education.

  • Alexandra Silber (BA Acting 2005) has starred on Broadway and London’s West End. In 2015 she received a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album as Maria from West Side Story in a recording with the San Francisco Symphony. Her novel, After Anatevka, an evocative sequel to the beloved musical, Fiddler on the Roof, will be published in the summer.
  • Rebecca Faulkenberry (M Perf Musical Theatre 2007) has starred in films including Cut Shoot Kill, Russian Broadway Shut Down and Dreamer. She made her Broadway debut in Rock of Ages, with West End credits including High School Musical 2, Aunt Dan and

Generations of other Royal Conservatoire alumni have gone on to enjoy success in the USA including James McAvoy, Alan Cumming, Ruby Wax and David Tennant.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Our New York Showcase offered a unique opportunity for our American and Canadian students to connect with leading figures in the world of acting and musical theatre across the pond.

“The curriculum at the Royal Conservatoire gives students the opportunity to become the best performing artists they can be and the Showcase enabled our professionals in training to demonstrate their skills and artistic flair to crucial contacts like agents, producers and casting directors.

“We were delighted to welcome industry leaders to the New York showcase to see the next talented cohort of talented performers in action.”

The Royal Conservatoire is ranked number one in Scotland for graduate employability, with the New York Showcase endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts. Established in 1847, the institution is celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2017 and has built on its roots as a national academy of music to become one of Europe’s most multi-disciplinary performing arts higher education centres, offering specialised training across music, drama, dance, production and film.

The New York Showcase was followed by a reception for arts and business leaders, offering a chance to enjoy Scottish hospitality and celebrate the world-class and distinctive education at Scotland’s national conservatoire. Traditional music students from the Royal Conservatoire, who had accompanied the acting cohort to New York, also performed at the reception.

Royal Conservatoire staff led a series of free drama workshops in New York to give potential students the opportunity to experience the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for themselves.