"I am originally from Dublin, Ireland and I have loved musical theatre since I was a child. I began training with The Helen Jordan Performing Arts School until I was seventeen before going on to do a one year course at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in musical theatre. It was there that I played Dianne in our in-house production of "A Chorus Line". I have been lucky enough to have performed professionally in some of Ireland's best known theatres as well as overseas.
I went on to complete my BA in Communication Studies in Dublin City University. Although I enjoyed my course, my true passion was acting and musical theatre and always would be. I had wanted to train in the UK since I was a teenager.
I had previously heard of the excellent standard at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) and when I auditioned for the MA Musical Theatre course I had everything crossed that I would be offered a place! I can't express how ecstatic I was when I received The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship. From the moment I had my first audition for the course right down to the final audition for the Scholarship wtih David Grindrod I knew RWCMD was the place for me and I was aching to go.
I worked on a variety of projects throughout my training from Shakespeare to musical theatre to music hall. All of these projects were grounded in working with generosity and truth, creating a great base to start building a character from.
Throughout the year I got to work on both my strengths and weaknesses in a supportive, encouraging environment. I learnt to make mistakes and accept that that is ok! "Cancel and continue!".
What makes their training so special for me is their ability to nurture individually, giving you confidence in who you are as a person. This coupled with the strong work ethic they provide prepared me for this challenging, competitive industry.
I got the opportunity to meet very important and influential people working in the industry today which I am so grateful for.
During the year we were invited to sing at Victor Spinetti's memorial. It was an honour that we were asked to perform in front of such high profiile friends of his, such as Sir Paul McCartney, Elaine Paige, Barbara Streisand to name but a few. I felt very lucky to be a part of this celebration of his life.
The highlight of this incredible year was singing for Andrew Lloyd Webber in February 2013 when he accepted his honorary fellowship award at our college. It was such a privilege. I felt extremely humbled and delighted to be able to thank him personally for the opportunity to train at RWCMD.
I'll never forget the moment I heard I had been offered The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarhsip and I cannot express my gratitude enough. It has truly been a life changing year where I have made wonderful friends and worked with wonderful teachers.
I am delighted to say I will be making my professional debut as Sharon Rabitte/Cover Imelda in "The Commitments", directed by Jamie Lloyed opening at The Palace Theatre. www.thecommitmentslondon.com