Amy Wale, education officer

 3 October 2012

Amy Wale is education officer at the YMCA's Y Theatre in Leicester. After moving into acting, she now creates performing arts opportunities for children and young people.

"I get in touch with schools as part of our Arts and Kids project. We have a partnership with a primary school."

Hometown?

I'm from Leicester. 

What job do you do?

I'm an education officer at The Y, Leicester's YMCA-owned theatre.

What previous jobs in theatre have you done?

Before I worked in theatre, I worked part-time as a library assistant to supplement my freelance arts work.

"I get in touch with schools as part of our Arts and Kids project. We have a partnership with a primary school."

I moved into theatre work after making connections through my freelance work, which I started when I left university.

I’ve acted in a lot of professional productions with companies, including Speakeasy Theatre and Gazebo Theatre.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a drama degree.

What do you do at work?

I spend a lot of time getting in touch with schools as part of our Arts and Kids project. We have a partnership with a primary school, so I sometimes deliver drama or contemporary dance workshops there.

The Y Theatre also supports projects involving fashion design, Kathak dance (a North Indian classical style), radio work, poetry and storytelling.

I run our art exhibition space in the Y Bar. I'm in charge of our active arts programme, which includes delivering 'Inter-ACT', our drama class for 13-16 year-olds.

I also deliver a 'theatre week' during the school summer holidays as part of a YMCA playscheme.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I have the opportunity to work in many different ways with a range of groups.

And the worst thing about the job?

I don’t get to act anymore – but there’s always room for the job to expand and grow!

How do I get into theatre?

If I can do it, I’m pretty sure you can!

Always be professional, and don’t let people down when they give you a chance. Successful artists always have a good reputation for being reliable, so build yourself one.

Chances are you won’t earn a fortune, but you’ll have fun being a pauper.


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