New Theatre Company established to support Staffordshire University graduates

“Working alongside the newly restructured Mitchell Arts Centre felt the right time to do this. We are absolutely delighted in the progress made so far. This is genuinely for graduates and led by graduates.”

Robert Marsden, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for Drama

A new Staffordshire University graduate theatre company, Theatre FiveTwoThree has been formed, aiming to provide drama graduates with a ‘step-up’ into professional industry.

Developed in partnership with Staffordshire University and based at Mitchell Arts Centre, the group has been established to provide a bridge between higher education and professional work for its company members.

Robert Marsden, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for Drama at Staffordshire University, said: “My colleague Paul Jones and I have long wanted to support recent graduates from our department in making the leap from education into the creative industries.

“Working alongside the newly restructured Mitchell Arts Centre felt the right time to do this. We are absolutely delighted in the progress made so far. This is genuinely for graduates and led by graduates.”

Chairman Richard Wiseman, explains: “It can be a daunting prospect stepping into a highly competitive industry. Through this company, Alumni from Staffordshire University can develop their craft and expand their knowledge in a supportive and progressive environment.”

The company hosted their first workshop at the Mitchell Arts Centre and will continue to work with industry professionals to develop their skills and understanding of professional theatre practice.

Zoe Papiernik, Chief Executive at the Mitchell Arts Centre, said: “Providing professional development for recent graduates is essential if we are to retain the best talent within the City. As a Charity we aim to raise the aspirations of children and young people across the City, by supporting Theatre FiveTwoThree we hope to develop role models for future generations.”

The company is also delighted to announce the support of acclaimed writer, actor and guest lecturer Deborah McAndrew, who will act as their Patron. Having worked extensively in theatre, television and radio, McAndrew now enjoys success as a writer with plays being performed locally and also nationally, recently winning an award for best new play at the  UK Theatre Awards for her play ‘August Bank Holiday Lark’.

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