All the world’s a stage for Centre exchange students at Rose Bruford
May 2, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
spent the spring semester studying at Rose Bruford College of
Theatre and Performance, near London. Kincaid and Yrene
were both cast in a production of “Picnic,” above.
“One of the most important things I will take from this
experience is the ability to adapt to different situations and
acting styles,” says Yrene (above, with the cast of “Picnic”).
Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and three Centre students have found that to be true while studying abroad at Rose Bruford College this semester.
Lydia Kincaid ’14, Mackenzie Kovaca ’14 and Kaitlin Yrene ’14 spent the spring semester studying at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, one of the leading drama schools in Britain. Rose Bruford, located in Sidcup, Southeast London, has an exchange program with Centre that allowed several of its students to spend the fall semester here.
The Centre students who spent the spring at Rose Bruford were drawn to the program for the immersion it offered into all aspects of the theatre.
“I am a drama major—on a practical level, it made sense to go where I would have an intensive practice in my craft and chosen major than go somewhere where I might be studying interesting things not particularly relevant to my majors,” says Kincaid. “When I got the opportunity to study abroad at Rose Bruford, it was just too good to pass up.”
“I was interested in spending the semester at Rose Bruford because the school is the third best performing arts school in the country,” Yrene agrees. “I thought it would only help in my pursuit of an acting career.”
The three Centre students have been able to participate in dramatic productions at the college, and they have also been given the unique opportunity to interact with distinguished members of the theatre community in their classes.
“My favorite part so far has been meeting all these really prominent critics, actors and theatre makers within the British theatre scene in a very casual sitting, like, ‘Here is so-and-so to teach a class today on In-Yer-Face Theatre, have fun everybody,’” Kincaid says. “They are really friendly and I’ve learned so much.”
Rigorous immersion into the theatre has been transformative for the Centre students.
“One of the most important things I will take from this experience is the ability to adapt to different situations and acting styles,” Yrene says. This program is imperative for the drama department because it facilitates useful connections in the acting world and provides a great and useful experience for its participants.”
“I think it was really good for me to get the experience of conservatory style theatre training—really intensive, focused work minus all the liberal arts, which is really something that every theatre person, if they are serious about pursuing it professionally, is going to need exposure to eventually,” she says.
Being an exchange student at Rose Bruford has also given the students insights about many things, including their alma mater across the pond.
“Having left Centre for a little while and going somewhere else has given me another perspective where I can say what I think Centre does well. It’s made me appreciate Centre more—something I think, once you’ve been here for three years, you start to sort of neglect,” Kincaid says. “And finally, I think it’s just really helped galvanize that, yes, this is what I want to do with my life.”
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