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GSA treats you like family. If you enter GSA with an open mind and an open heart you will flourish as an artist. 

Arthur Boan, Role of Prince Philip in Sleeping Beauty, Sunderland Empire Theatre

MA Musical Theatre

Can you explain your current role within the theatre industry?
I am a musical theatre actor and classical violinist.

Had you always wanted to pursue this career? How did your interest begin?
Yes, being an actor and musician has always been a lifelong dream of mine. My interest began after seeing a production of the Lion King on Broadway when I was seven years old.

In your opinion, what are the most important skills to have in your chosen genre?
The most important thing to have is a good and healthy vocal technique for both speaking and singing. It is also vital to have the ability to pick up dance and movement choreography quickly. Additionally, being able to read music, having a good and reliable work ethic, being a good listener, being creative, and being professional are all incredibly important.

What do you consider to be the most exciting part of your work?
Without a doubt the most exciting part of my work is the people I get to meet and work with every day. Additionally, the fact that one is always learning and developing is fantastic. Having the chance to always improve myself and my art is refreshing and inspiring.

What attracted you to choose the GSA?
Many things attracted me to GSA. Namely the head of voice Steven Luke Walker, the head of dance Phyllida Crowley-Smith, and the course leader Julian Woodford. Once arriving I was quick to realize that excellent teaching was not limited to the above names. The entire faculty at GSA are among the best in the world and I loved every class.

What is your strongest or happiest memory of your time at GSA?
My happiest memory from my time at GSA was performing my Showcase selection ‘Me’ from Beauty and the Beast at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End. I’ve never felt more alive or comfortable in my life. It was an absolute thrill!

What were the best things about your training?
The singing and dance training were among my favourite things about my training. Steve Luke Walker’s knowledge of the voice and education made it easy for me as a student to trust in his vision. His specific pedagogical technique allowed me to grow in amazing ways. Within 12 short months the world-class dance faculty at GSA were able to improve me in ways I did not think possible.

How did you change as a person during your time as GSA student?
The main change I experienced was the change in me from a student to a professional. I see the world in a completely different way than how I did when I started.

What one piece of advice would you give to people considering GSA?
GSA treats you like family. If you enter GSA with an open mind and an open heart you will flourish as an artist. Trust in the teachers. Trust in the training. The entire experience is unlike anywhere else.

What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?
The most important tips I have for anyone hoping to work in the theatre industry are: practice, believe, and evolve. Show up on time with your work done before-hand. Believe in yourself enough to withstand criticism, but more importantly, believe in yourself enough to critique yourself, in a positive fashion, and therefore improve your inner artiste. And finally, don't be afraid to evolve with the ever-changing industry.

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