We are delighted that one of our performing arts students, Kate Prince, has been offered a place at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York to study BA Musical Theatre. Kate has starred in a number of plays at JCC with the Birmingham Theatre School and we’re confident she’ll go on to have a successful career as a performer. Kate’s debut into the theatre world will see her follow in the footsteps of famous JCC alumni, like Adrian Lester OBE, Zoe Tyler, Donnaleigh Bailey, Matt Rawle, and Matt Henry MBE. We spoke to Kate about the exciting news:
What made you decide to apply to AMDA and relocate across the world?
I decided to apply for AMDA because I’ve always wanted to live in America, especially New York. I chose AMDA because it was the best school that I looked at to study in America and I felt the course would be really suited for me as it’s designed to prepare actors for the stage and screen. I think it’s such a good opportunity for aspiring actors and performers and it will give me a better chance of getting into the industry.
What did the application and selection process for AMDA involve?
Firstly, I had to apply for an audition. My application was successful and I had to go to London, but they hold auditions all over the world. The audition required performing a song from any Musical, a monologue from any contemporary play, and then they gave me some dance steps to follow. AMDA only offer 36 places on my course and so many people audition, so I’m really grateful to have been selected.
What are your expectations for life in America?
I know that living in America is going to be very different and such a big change. I expect that my way of life will change considerably. It’s a 5 hour time difference so talking to my friends and family in England might be hard. I don’t know exactly what my everyday life will involve but I know I’m going to have an amazing time and use this once in a life time opportunity to my full advantage!
What will you miss about Birmingham?
I will miss my college friends. I travel from my home in Leicestershire every day but Birmingham has become a big part of my life over the past two years. I’ve made some of my favourite memories here so leaving my family and everyone I’ve grown up with will be hard to get used to. I’m going to take every chance I get in America but plan to come back to England after my degree.
Have you always wanted to be a performer? What’s your ultimate career goal?
Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a performer onstage. I’ve grown up seeing shows and dancing so have always been involved in the arts and wanted to pursue it as a career. My ultimate career goal is to perform on the West End, this would be a huge achievement because I’ve wanted to for so long and would love to go from watching the performers to being one.
How was your experience studying performing arts at JCC? Would you recommend the course?
I’ve studied BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Acting) at JCC with the Birmingham Theatre School for the past two years. I’ve had the best time doing this course and think it has developed me both as a person and an actor. It has prepared me in every way to be an actor, work in the industry and get to drama school – I don’t think I would’ve got into AMDA without the support of JCC. I would definitely recommend the course for anybody that aspires to be on the stage. I know many BTS graduates who have gone on to do amazing things. In my two years I’ve taken part in nine full scale productions including two Shakespeares plays so the course gave me a wide range of acting experience. I enjoyed my time here so much and will be truly sad to leave.
Congratulations and good luck to Kate!
This isn’t just a one-hit wonder for JCC. The successful actor, Adrian Lester OBE, was a former student and has gone on to star in many box-office films, plays and TV series; such as Primary Colors, The Day After Tomorrow, Hustle, Undercover, Riviera, Henry V and Othello at the National Theatre and Red Velvet in the West End and New York. Adrian’s passion for performing arts was discovered whilst he attended the college.
Whilst reminiscing about his time with us, Adrian comments:
“Joseph Chamberlain College was the first place that my interest in performing arts was given any room to blossom inside a curriculum. There was very little encouragement and support from my school, so I was bursting with enthusiasm when JCC accepted me and allowed me to study acting, music and dance. It gave me the academic space and confidence I needed to push on. I have very fond memories of my time there.”