Youngsters who dream of a career on the stage or screen have an exceptional opportunity to take the next step as the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT) brings its search for talent to Staffordshire
On Sunday, 4th June Stone’s Rooftop Studios is hosting auditions for the institute’s new BA (Hons) course in Acting and Performance. The degree, accredited by the University of Sussex (subject to validation), will be built around ‘The BRICTT Trinity’ of acting, dance and vocal technique.
BRICTT is the brainchild of Mia Bird, the founder of Brighton’s most loved performing arts space, Bird Studios. An industry veteran with decades of experience in working with all areas of the entertainment business, Mia’s goal is to train highly talented individuals and prepare them entry into the industry via auditions and casting calls, and to also hone in their skills so they will be able to produce their own projects. Mia, along with a stellar team and faculty line up, offer the students a robust network of high quality professionals and industry experts. It is this hand-picked, highly curated network that will spring into action once BRICTT commences its courses in September.
Originally hailing from Stone, bringing her search for the first BRICTT degree course students to Staffordshire is important to Mia, as she explains:
“Myself and a group of industry professionals from the world of theatre, TV and film have come together to address the current crisis in accessible, affordable performing arts training and the impact this is having on our industry today.
“Our industry is currently feeling a huge void of regional and working class actors. We aim to fill our stages and screens with ALL the fantastic talent this country has to offer, not just those that can afford to train. As my home county, Staffordshire seemed a great place to start our search in the Midlands, and we’re delighted that my sister, Laura Keeling, will host the auditions at her performing arts studio in Stone.”
The BRICTT mantra is built on engaging the students in high quality vocational training to develop the necessary skills and then use the extensive network of film, TV and theatre professionals to propel the careers of students into the working professional world. Each year students will take part in a wide cross section of theatrical productions, culminating in an Industry Showcase where graduates will perform to agents, casting directors and producers in the heart of London’s West End.
The first cohort of students will set the bar for future BRICTT students and the possibilities available to them. There is not likely to be a better course for students looking to break into the industry, with the focus being intensely magnified on each individual student’s progress and the extensive professional industry connections on hand today in the UK and US.
Brighton provides the perfect backdrop for the course, with a thriving arts scene that students will be encouraged to take part in – from Brighton Fringe, England’s largest Fringe Festival, to the curated Brighton Festival, which this year will be artistically directed by Kate Tempest.
The course also has strong ties to the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), The Brighton Film School and Ambassador Theatre Group, providing unique opportunities to collaborate with up and coming musicians and creatives locally and nationally.
All of BRICTT’s UK undergraduate three-year degree courses are £9,000 per year for UK students and, as with all validated degree courses funding is available through student loans of up to £6,125.00 per year plus subsistence.
The Staffordshire auditions will welcome applicants from across the Midlands and North West, and will take place at Rooftop Studios in Stone on Sunday, 4th June.