Junior Conservatoire alumna becomes country’s new makar
Congratulations to Jackie Kay, Junior Conservatoire of Drama alumna, who has been named the country’s new makar. Read the full article within the Herald here.
Jackie received a Doctor of Drama from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010 for her contribution to the arts and we are pleased that her inspirational work has been nationally recognised by this prestigious achievement.
Jackie attended the Junior Conservatoire of Drama between the ages of 12-16 and spoke about the impact the course and teaching had on her, as well as the doors it opened for her:
”˜I attended the Junior’s drama course (never missing a Wednesday or a Saturday morning) and I can honestly say, no word of a lie, that it changed my life.
It gave me confidence in my imagination, taught me not to have fear when speaking in public, and how to project my voice, taught me how to improvise, and most importantly made me a whole group of new friends that were different from my school friends and some of those friends I’m still in touch with today. It wasn’t just great fun. It opened doors. People often say to me that I should have been an actress when they hear me read my poems, but that’s because I went to RSAMD (now RCS) and the things I learnt at that young age have stayed with me for life.’