tojan thomas-browne - london studio centre
"I started dancing when I was 13 years old after performing in a production of The Wizard of Oz at a local theatre where I lived. From then I have always had the passion to perform and strived to take the next step of practical training, with the ambition of moving onto a university-styled performing arts college. Luckily I pursued this ambition and I am currently in the first term of my first year studing a BA (Hons) in Theatre Dance at London Studio Centre situated in North Finchley at the artsdepot. I am loving every minute of the training at this college and feel that I have got used to the life at London Studio Centre and toLondon itself. The teachers are amazing, my peers are friendly and it's nice to be in an atmosphere where everyone has the passion to perform and strive to be the best they can be as a triple threat performer.
The audition process was a daunting thing for me but when I got the opportunity of being chosen to do an extra audition for The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship I was more than thrilled to be whittled down to the final few of the auditioning process. Then, when I found out that I was the person being awarded the scholarship, I was more than ecstatic that, with hard work and determination, I could succeed in things I never thought I would be able to. Without the help of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship I would not have been able to afford to train at such a well-established dance college. It helped with a large part of the tuition fees, which enabled me to accept my place at the college, and I do not regret doing so."
CHRISTIAN HOWARD - Central school of speech & drama
Christian Howard is currently in his second year at Central School of Speech and Drama, studying a 3 year BA (Hons) Acting - Musical Theatre course, funded by an Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship.
The BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre pathway at Central offers intensive training in the core musical theatre disciplines of acting, singing and dancing, with the emphasis firmly on acting. Students graduate with the skills to work in classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, film, TV and radio.
The pathway enjoys outstanding links with many aspects of the performing arts industry and this is reflected in the wide range and high percentage of graduate employment.
Students take classes and workshops in acting fundamentals, spoken/sung voice (including 1:1 weekly singing lessons), acting through song, actor movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, text analysis (classical and modern), musical theatre repertoire, ensemble singing/aural training.
Students continue advanced practical training in all disciplines. Performance projects include Greek theatre, contemporary American theatre, contemporary British scene study, Restoration comedy, Shakespeare tragedy and Sondheim musical. Students also perform in the public production book musical alongside final year students.
Students focus on professional development, public performances, West End industry showcase, acting for camera, radio training/microphone technique and audition technique workshops. Students perform in a wide range of theatre repertoire including plays, book musicals, pantomime and a newly-commissioned musical revue with a contemporary musical back catalogue (examples include Keeping The Faith - Northern Soul Music, and Love Struck NW1 - 80s music).
"The time I've spent at Central so far has been truly life changing for me. I learn new things every day - things that train me in all aspects of musical theatre and give me a fantastic advantage in the industry. Here at Central, I love that I am given the freedom to explore the craft without fear of failing! I cannot express my gratitude to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation enough for giving me the best possible gift with the opportunity to study what I love most". - Christian Howard