Theatre is my happy place. Studying on the Theatre Studies course helped me to understand why theatre is so important to me and helped me to contextualise the theatre I see every day
Anthony Proctor-Williams is a current student on the BA (Hons) Theatre Studies. He has recently become Theatre Manager and Programmer of the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, where he manages the theatre day-to-day works with companies to negotiate programming for the theatre. He also is involved in the development of the artistic policy and business strategy (as well as emergency plumbing – all of the glamorous stuff!).
Studying remotely has enabled Anthony to work whilst earning his degree, and he is grateful to be in a position to contribute to the cultural life of the Liverpool City region. While studying with Rose Bruford College Anthony was grateful to have been met with patience and support throughout to learn and grow as much as possible.
“Studying at Rose Bruford filled in the blanks to the independent study I undertook. I have had an unconventional path to my current role and have dipped my toe into every role within theatre, from a casual stage technician to drama workshop leader to box office and directing, acting and writing plays. (And everything in between). Theatre is my happy place. Studying on the Theatre Studies course helped me to understand why theatre is so important to me and helped me to contextualise the theatre I see every day. I have a better understanding of where modern theatre has come from and I have a more developed grasp of the conventions, and languages of performance which are the building blocks of theatre. I found it exciting to think about the productions I had seen during my formative years in the context of the learning modules.”
Anthony also started his own theatre company, Theatre Right Now, whilst studying. Its debut performance, a production of Brecht’s Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, will take place on 1 September 2022 at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, as part of the Liverpool Theatre Festival.
“What is my advice to students considering or studying this course now? My advice to all theatre students, no matter their area of study is: GO TO THE THEATRE! (There’s a good one on Hanover Street in Liverpool, called the Epstein).”