De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has announced it is to continue its collaboration with the city’s prestigious Curve theatre, offering students and graduates incredible opportunities for work experience and education placements.
PARTNERSHIP: View of the impressive Curve theatre from Orton Square
The new two year partnership will build on the two organisations’ successful relationship of the last three years and will include co-productions between Curve and De Montfort University as well as work placements, exhibitions, show sponsorship and inductions for the university’s prestigious Arts and Festival Management course.
The announcement comes after a record year for Curve which saw a surge in visitor numbers and an increase in turnover to £7.8m – Curve’s highest figure since opening in 2008. The theatre’s commitment to working with and producing work for diverse communities has also been recognised in 2015 with an award for The Promotion of Diversity at the UK Theatre Awards.
One of the first projects to evolve as part of the new partnership agreement has resulted in De Montfort University drama graduate, Emma Moss, being employed as an Assistant Stage Manager for the opening of Curve’s production of The Witches in Hong Kong, directed by Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster.
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The project links directly to De Montfort University’s pioneering #DMUglobal programme, which offers students the chance to travel overseas with the aim of enriching their studies and expanding their cultural horizons – helping students become global graduates, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
CAN I HAVE SOME MORE? Curve's Christmas production of Oliver!
Curve Commercial Director Alister De Ternant: “Our continued partnership with De Montfort University means that students and graduates have the opportunity to get involved with both the creative and commercial aspects of Curve. From our co-productions with Dance, Drama and Performing Arts students , work placements for Business & Marketing students and work on social issues with History students, the commitment between Curve and De Montfort University students offers essential experience that is second to none.”
Lynette Williams, Partnerships Development Officer for DMU’s Strategic Partnerships and Events Office, said: “I am delighted we are continuing this prestigious partnership with one of the UK’s most successful and dynamic regional theatres. The benefits to our students will be huge. Like Curve, DMU continually strives to push boundaries. Offering students from a huge range of academic backgrounds the opportunity to work with some of the finest professionals in the world of theatre, gaining them essential experience, is certainly doing that. I’m looking forward to our students enjoying another exciting two years of opportunities with Curve.”
For more information about Curve, it's world-class facilities and upcoming shows visit www.curveonline.co.uk
SPELLBINDING: A scene from Curve's production of Roald Dahl's The Witches
Posted on Friday 18th December 2015