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Internship Wrap Up - Kateri Milanesa
15 Dec 17
School Blog

As the end of my internship at the school approaches, I thought I would look back at my time here and let you all know how great my experience has been. 

Kateri Milanesa
The Tale of Pantomime: Where It All Began
07 Dec 17
School Blog

If I had to sum up British theatre in two words, it would be Shakespeare and pantomime. Going on a Christmas outing to the panto is a tradition in many families, and lots of people are introduced to the wonderful world of theatre this way. The funny thing is that pantomime comes from some very un-British customs, and that it originally had nothing to do with Christmas at all.

Eva De Valk
The Importance of Dance
01 Dec 17
School Blog

There is much more to dance than just entertainment. Dance can express a story and emotions, and there are several benefits of dancing.

Kateri Milanesa
Something Wicked This Way Comes...
24 Nov 17
School Blog

Last week, we talked about theatre superstitions on this blog, and this week we’re continuing the supernatural theme with a look at London’s theatre ghosts. It seems that most of our capital’s theatres have one or more spooky inhabitants, so we’ve stuck to some of the most well-known ones here.

Eva De Valk
Black Cats and Broken Legs
16 Nov 17
School Blog

With our annual show Fiorentini’s Got Talent coming up this weekend, many of our participants will be busy with their last preparations. Practice, practice and more practice are the key words here, but everyone knows that, in a superstitious business like the theatre, you sometimes have to do that little bit extra for a successful show. We’ve lined up a couple of the most common stagey superstitions along with their backstories, and we’ll leave it up to you to sort out the curses from the common sense.

Eva De Valk
Meet the AF volunteers - Katia
27 Oct 17
School Blog

Here on the Anna Fiorentini blog you have heard before from a couple of our lovely teachers, who put in a lot of hard work each weekend. But we also have some other very important people walking around our schools: our fantastic volunteers. We thought it was about time you got to know them a bit better. Our next guest is Katia, who is a regular at our Camden school.

Eva De Valk
Backstage and Beyond - Jacob Sparrow, Casting Assistant
20 Oct 17
School Blog

Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interview in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Up this week is Jacob Sparrow, who works at the National Theatre as casting assistant.

Eva De Valk
Backstage and Beyond - Shereen Phillips, Community Programme Coordinator
13 Oct 17
School Blog

Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interview in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Our next guest is Shereen Phillips, who works as community programme coordinator at the National Theatre.

Eva De Valk
Backstage and Beyond - Company Stage Manager
11 Sep 17
School Blog

Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interview in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Our next guest works as a company stage manager at the Almeida Theatre in Islington.

Eva De Valk
Meet the AF volunteers - Zoe
06 Sep 17
School Blog

Here on the Anna Fiorentini blog you have heard before from a couple of our lovely teachers, who put in a lot of hard work each weekend. But we also have some other very important people walking around our schools: our fantastic volunteers. We thought it was about time you got to know them a bit better. Our next guests is ex-student Zoe, who tells us about her experiences volunteering at this year's summer school.

Drama School
Backstage and Beyond - Sarah Fortescue, Marketing and Development Manager
01 Sep 17
School Blog

Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interview in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Our next guest is Sarah Fortescue, who has been working as Marketing and Development Manager with Cheek by Jowl, an internationally touring company who perform in English, French and Russian.

Eva De Valk
Backstage and Beyond - Lucy Walshaw, Head of Costume
29 Aug 17
School Blog

Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interview in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Our next candidate is Lucy Walshaw, Head of Costume at the Royal Court Theatre.

Eva De Valk
Backstage and Beyond - Ami Stidolph, Head of Theatre
25 Aug 17
School Blog

Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interviews in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Next up is Ami Stidolph, Head of Theatre at The Vaults, a multifunctional venue based in the tunnels underneath Waterloo Station.

Eva De Valk
Drama School or University?
22 Aug 17
School Blog

Over the past weeks we’ve looked at a number of the UK’s top drama schools and summed up what their unique features are. Although it does vary from one institution to another, these schools are often difficult to get in to; especially at the most prestigious ones, you could find yourself competing against hundreds of others for a single place. This means that there’s an ever-increasing interest in university Drama degrees, which are usually much easier to get a place on. But how do these programmes measure up against the courses offered at drama schools? We’ve looked at the pros and cons of each.

Eva De Valk
Backstage and Beyond - Daniel Goldman, Artistic Director
15 Aug 17
School Blog

Welcome to a new series on the AF blog, where we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Our first point of call is Daniel Goldman, artistic director of CASA, London’s only Latin American theatre festival.

Eva De Valk
Full Time Drama Schools Outside London
08 Aug 17
School Blog

We recently took a look at some of the best known drama schools in London and what their specialties are. Although many of the UK’s top schools are in the capital, there are quite a few outside of London that are worth considering as well. Please join us for a trip around the country!

Eva De Valk