Student Emma Lewis explains why there’s no business like show businessFriday 31 July 2015
Taking learnings from her International Relations and Social Policy degree, second year student Emma Lewis has been working hard behind the scenes to raise the profile of Young Everyman and Playhouse’s (YEP’s) successful theatre group.
Emma is part of a team of 11-25 year-olds who have grabbed the attention of audiences in Liverpool through their accomplished performances. Unlike a youth theatre, the group manage every aspect of the productions, with members writing, producing, directing and even performing on stage.
She said: “I signed up for the two-year course as I wanted to get involved in something outside of university and my friend told me about the YEP. Through my course I’ve learnt how to communicate and work with people of all different ages and backgrounds, and this has been a skill I have used in my role as Communicator for the YEP.”
Speaking to It’s Liverpool, Emma explained how her experience with the theatre group has broadened her career aspirations and encouraged her to think about pursuing a job in communications.
She said: “I’m now looking at things and thinking ‘how would I communicate that? How would I market it?’ Without Marketing and PR there’s no audience so it’s pretty fundamental and actually good comms skills are valuable in any profession so it’s hugely transferable.”
As well as utilising her communication skills, Emma has noticed parallels between topics covered in her university course and in the YEP’s plays.
“I have found areas of my degree, in particular the social policy side have overlapped with work that I have done with YEP,” she said. “A performance written and created by all strands of YEP called 'Until They Kick Us Out' was based on politics, welfare and issues that young people face today and how they perceive these issues in modern society. The play touched upon politics, the general election, further education, governmental cuts, feminism, equality, and sexuality - all which are covered in my social policy lectures and seminars.”
Emma may have another year to go before she graduates, but already she is planning for life after university.
“After graduation I plan to work for a year either in a role relating to social policy or a career where I can use the marketing and campaign skills I have developed at YEP,” she said. “I also plan on teaching abroad in the future, and hope to return to university at a later date to complete a masters or PGCE.”
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