Mark Morgan and James Senior are third year Performance for Live and Recorded Media students who have set up their own Theatre Company, LOUD and CLEAR and have recently secured an Arts Council England Grant for almost £7000.
Mark and James have been operating in the North East for the past two years as LOUD and CLEAR supporting North East Film Makers, Theatre Makers and the EK Zuban Poetry and Spoken word group. Their network with professional actors and practioners has grown extensively.
After much hard work and commitment they have now arrived at a place where they are launching their Theatre Company offically. The grant appplication took 3 months to carefully prepare but Mark and James are delighted with the Arts Council award. Mark says:
“Loud and Clear Theatre will facilitate theatrical training , development and performance. It is our desire to create opportunities for young people who have not had any formal training to explore theatre through workshops with key professionals. Through our network we will provide the platforms for new performers and theatre creators to experiment, test and develop their skills. This award by the Arts Council is a vote of confidence in North East talent”
James Senior says:
“At last we are in a position to create and perform our own work under our own flag. We are excited to be in a position where we can provide professional contracted work to some of the great emerging actors in the North East.”
Well done Mark and James!
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This time last year the Performing Arts section were given the devastating news about the sudden death of Martin Barker, a much loved member of the second year Performance for Live and Recorded Media degree. Martin was a highly intelligent, incredibly creative and truly dedicated student and is sorely missed by the whole section, particularly his friends in third year Performance for Live and Recorded Media. Last week the third year PLRM organised a meal out in Martin’s memory. It was nearly scuppered due to the storms affecting the power in Middlesbrough but just in time the power returned and we had a lovely evening meal at Joe Rigatoni’s in Middlesbrough – thanks for turning the lights back on for us Martin! We miss you dearly.
In November a group of third year BA Contemporary Dance students from Newcastle College came to meet our final year BA Dance students at Teesside’s University campus. The students had a great time taking a ballet class together in our studio with dance lecturer Helge Musial, and collaborated in workshops using the green screen in the soundstage with Mark Buschbacher, as well as observing Computer Animation students working in the Motion Capture suite. The day concluded with a presentation session talking about their final year projects, exchanging ideas and making new connections. The next meeting of this inspiring encounter, is planned to take place in spring when Teesside dancers will travel to Newcastle present work-in-progress of their projects.
Dance students Charlotte and Gabriella gave a fascinating talk to university staff at a Department for Learning Development workshop titled Learning from students: Students talking about transitions. This was the final session of a year long programme of speakers designed to highlight the key moments in the student’s journey through their programmes and eventually into employment. Charlotte and Gabriella spoke enthusiastically about their role as Dance Ambassadors and about their experiences in Berlin as part of the Erasmus scheme. The Feedback from the session has been tremendous and one of the delegates from another school described them as ‘inspirational speakers’ and is even hoping they might advise her in initiating similar activities for their students.