Career Success for Academy Musical Theatre Graduates

-Posted on 17.09.2018

Our Musical Theatre programme continues to go from strength to strength with an unprecedented year of success for our recent graduates.

The intensive one-year Master of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance, and Master of Arts in Musical Direction programmes offer specialist training to a select company of young performers to prepare them for stellar careers in the Musical Theatre industry.

Already, over a third of our 2017-18 cohort have made their professional debuts in productions both in the West End and internationally.

This spring, Cameron Mackintosh Scholarship recipient Stephenson Ardern-Sodje and Disney Theatrical Productions Scholarship recipient Sam Oladeinde made their West End debuts at the Victoria Palace Theatre in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical phenomenon Hamilton. As cover for the title role, Ardern-Sodje has since gone on to play the role of Hamilton for several shows.

Also making their West End debuts, Grace Farrell and Andrew York joined a host of Musical Theatre Academy alumni in Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables at the Queens Theatre in May. Across the Atlantic, Disney Theatrical Productions Scholarship recipient Paige Smallwood joined the cast of the Les Misérables US National Tour, where she has performed in the principal role of Éponine since 4 September. Keoni Blockx, Nicholas Carter, Ruby Lyon and Janne Snellen will be original cast members of the brand new UK and Ireland touring production of Les Misérables, starting rehearsals this week. The musical’s composer, Claude-Michel Schönberg, is Visiting Professor of Musical Theatre and Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and has played an integral role in the development of our Musical Theatre Company this past year.

Other successes for the 17-18 company include: Philip Nowicki cast in Ghost the Musical, Hamburg, Disney Theatrical Productions Scholarship recipient Daniel Haswell cast in the role of Benny in the UK Tour of Motown: the Musical, and Rhys Benjamin cast in Seussical the Musical at the Southwark Playhouse.

This autumn, several 2018 graduates made their professional debuts in new musical theatre works: Jarrod Lee performed in the new intercultural musical Butterfly Lovers at the Tristan Bates Theatre as part of the Melange New Musical Theatre Festival; Kelly Sweeney joined the all-female cast of Unexpected Joy at the Southwark Playhouse; Maya Britto was cast in Hoxton Hall’s new production of Arabian Nights, where she can be seen until 13 October.

Musical Direction graduate Leo Munby joins the orchestra of the much-anticipated production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Gielgud Theatre. The new production, which runs from 26 September to 22 December 2018, features multiple Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winner Patti LuPone.

Head of Musical Theatre Daniel Bowling comments: ‘Our graduating class of 2018 has been one of the most successful the Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company has ever seen and is testimony to the incredible work our directors, music directors, choreographers, teaching faculty and administration do day-in and day-out. We collectively set the bar extremely high and our students consistently rise to the challenge, as evidenced by so many of our 2018 graduates already entertaining audiences in the West End, across Europe and in North America. We are so very proud of all our students and what they have achieved and we look forward to achieving further success with our new company over the next year!’

Congratulations to the 17/18 company!

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