Charlotte Driessler

Training:

Glasgow University BA hons in Acting

In Charlotte’s Own Words

I’m now in my last term of my final year on the BA Acting programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The time has absolutely flown by and I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know Glasgow and it’s beautiful surroundings.

I’ve had some incredible opportunities through the school. These include developing an aerial show 20m in the air (!) with the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, Graham McLaren; performing ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra live on BBC Radio 3; collaborating with students from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) to create a movement piece for TEDex Glasgow, which we then toured to Prague (for the Quadrennial Festival) last summer.

After playing Queen Rat in the last annual Pantomime (‘Dick McWhittington’) in December, we moved on to our showcase which we’ve just performed in Glasgow and at the Soho Theatre. Rehearsals start soon for our final plays – in which I’ll be directed by Mark Thompson (Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre) as Sarah in Mike Bartlett’s ‘Earthquakes in London’.

I’m thrilled to have been selected to perform at Shakespeare’s Globe in April, representing the Conservatoire at the annual ’Sam Wanamaker Festival’ – a celebration to which each drama school sends just one scene.

And finally, I’m flying to Munich next weekend to speak on behalf of our course at an international meeting of European drama schools and academies (EUTSA).

As a Brit, I find it almost embarrassing to write down my plans and achievements in this way – but I think it’s important to recognise and acknowledge the incredible opportunities that have been made available to me as a direct result of my experience and training in Norbury.  

At the BWA I learnt how to work with a wide range of people; was introduced early to professionalism and the importance of a strong work ethic; was exposed to, and gained respect for, many forms of performance – all without mention the discovery of a craft I love and chose to pursue. Overwhelmingly, the friendships I made with fellow students and continued support I’ve received from Elizabeth and Sheena (as well as others connected with the school) are incredible, and I’m very grateful!

The Trust’s generosity has lessened the (considerable) financial burden of studying, and means I enter the ‘real world’ again in minimal debt and with great excitement – thank you so much for enabling me to write the paragraphs above!