Abbie Potter - Performing Arts BA (Hons) graduate
Abbie chose modules including Devising, Live Art and Media Industry Management, giving herself a broad range of skills in Contemporary Performance and Management. After graduating, Abbie moved to London and began working as a stage manager at a comedy club in Leicester Square and an events manager at a multipurpose events space.
Abbie says: "While working at the event space I managed a sketch comedy festival, which made me realise I wanted to go into arts management in a theatre. I'm currently working for the Really Useful Theatres Group as the Duty Manager at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London.
"I think the most useful elements of the course for what I'm currently doing were all of the arts management-based modules/assessments, as this is what initially sparked my interest in going down an arts management route rather than performing. Being able to run our own projects, particularly in the Major Performance Project module, was great in order to build the transferable skills of time management and prioritising work-load. Having to focus on both making the work itself, as well as the more practical aspects such as sourcing a venue/props, managing rehearsal space/time, was a valuable learning curve. I also think the people-skills I developed through all the collaborative work we did definitely help me now, working in a team of four other managers, and managing a team of around 60 front of house/bar staff."