Jess Heasman

Sprowston High School: 12 GCSE's, all C and above.

Paston:
Drama & Theatre - B 
Performance Studies - C  
English Language and Literature - C

How are you getting on at University? 
I just finished my first year at Middlesex University. I have already noticed a change in my learning, I am a lot more independent with my work and take more ownership of it. I feel that university allows you to experiment more and test new ideas out within your work.

What are you studying and what projects have you been involved in? 
I am studying a BA(Hons) in Theatre Arts. The course is very practical with some theory, not only do we do the performance side of theatre but we also get a chance to do the technical and backstage aspect of theatre.  We have full control of a show, as a group we have to perform in it, light it, design and make costumes etc. We are very much in control of what and how we do it with guidance from tutors. There is also a theory side of the course where we hand in assignments often on our views of different types of performance.

What is a ‘typical day like? 
A day at uni is varied. The course is very physical so we would often have one 3 hour practical class in the morning and then a design lesson in the afternoon. We would also have lectures and seminars based around what we were doing in the practical lessons. My course is very full on, because of this we never had a day off in the week and during the lead up to performances we would be in for weekends and stay late in the evenings.

What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you progress upon your career path? 
I studied Drama and Theatre Studies, Performance Studies and English Literature & Language at A Level, but I also studied Psychology at AS. I knew for a while I wanted to do something with Theatre and Drama and I felt that the Drama course at Paston really helped me to decide I wanted to pursue a career in it. The course made me want to learn more skills that are used in Theatre and Performance.

What are the important skills are you developing? 
I'm still developing skills but I feel like the most important is just gaining confidence in my work and being able to have a lot of skills that I will be able to use in the future. I've already developed my independent learning and hope to carry this on.

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston? 
In the two years I was at Paston I knew I wanted to take my interest in theatre and performance further and felt that the A level courses I took helped me on my way.

What will you do after graduating? 
After I graduate I want to audition for as much as I can and possibly tour with a theatre company. That way I will be using all my skills I would have learnt in the 3 years at uni.


"After I graduate I want to audition for as much as I can and possibly tour with a theatre company. That way I will be using all my skills I would have learnt in the 3 years at uni."