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Breakthrough Artist Award 2022- two out of 10 nominations go to ArtsEd BA Acting alumni!

Posted on: July 1st, 2022 by Sue Sandle
Sam Creasey (BA Acting 2020) and Gabrielle Creevy (BA Acting 2018) have been nominated for the Breakthrough Artist category in the upcoming South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

They take two of just 10 nominations, that include Emilia Jones for CODA and pop duo Wet Leg.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the first and only awards ceremony to celebrate every genre of the arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art – returns on Sunday 10 July at The Savoy Hotel, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.  Previous winners of the Breakthrough Artist category include playwright Samuel Bailey, actors Jessie Buckley and Tom Hiddleston, and musicians Nubya Garcia and Stormzy.

Sam has been nominated for his debut role as Malcolm Polstead, the young hero of the Bridge Theatre’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage.  Cast just before he graduated in March 2020, Sam finally stepped in front of the audience in November 2021 to outstanding reviews across the board.

Clive Davis of the Times says of Sam:

“What was immediately obvious was that he possessed natural stage presence. There was a rare aura of confidence about him too: it’s hard to believe that when he first took the coach to London from south Wales to begin his drama course, he spent half an hour in the capital, had a coffee, then jumped on the next coach home.”

Gabrielle has been nominated for her role as Bethan, a working-class Cardiff schoolgirl from a troubled home in the magnificent BBC3 drama In My Skin, a role for which she secured a BAFTA in 2019.  Carol Midgely of The Times describes Gabrielle’s performance as:

 “unforgettable, an exquisite balance of the tragic and bleakly comic and so masterfully authentic that sometimes you could be watching a documentary. Creevy ..plays the 16-year-old Bethan beautifully, and with such intelligence and nuance in a totally immersive performance, that it is obvious she is an acting force to be reckoned with.”

You can find out more about the awards here.

We are immensely proud of both Sam and Gabrielle.

External Investigation

Posted on: November 1st, 2021 by Sue Sandle

Update – 22 October 2021

In June 2021 the ArtsEd Board of Trustees appointed Rebecca Tuck QC to independently investigate allegations of serious historic misconduct against both current and former staff members. This wrongdoing affected students 18 or over and mostly occurred during the period 2012-2017 in the School of Musical Theatre.

The response of the Board to Rebecca’s report can be found here:

ArtsEd – Statement from the Board of Trustees – 22 October 2021

Rebecca Tuck’s Public Statement can be found here.

Rebecca Tuck QC – Public Statement – 22 October 2021

Jane Morton, Deputy Principal, thanked by trustees, staff and students on retirement after thirteen successful years at ArtsEd.

Posted on: August 23rd, 2021 by Sue Sandle

Jane Morton, Deputy Principal of ArtsEd, will start her long planned retirement this autumn, thirteen years after joining ArtsEd.  Appointed to the role of Deputy Principal in September 2017, Jane started her time at ArtsEd as Academic Manager in 2008, building on a well-established career across the performing arts and education sectors.

During her tenure, Jane has been central to the development of ArtsEd’s reputation as a provider of outstanding conservatoire training, expertly leading the organisation through inspections, validation panels and funding submissions. Her legacy is apparent in our outstanding Ofsted grading, our TEF Gold rating from the Teaching Excellence and Students Outcomes Framework and our consistently high ranking amongst drama schools in the annual National Student Survey.

Jane will be hugely missed by staff and students alike, not just for her expertise, but also for her patience, kindness and wisdom. We wish her well in all her future endeavours.

Commenting on Jane’s retirement Mark Burch, Chair of the Board of Trustees at ArtsEd added: “Jane has been an outstanding Deputy Principal and served her role with distinction over the last thirteen years. She will be missed greatly by students and staff alike, and I would like to pay tribute to her for everything she has done for ArtsEd. Jane has been instrumental in establishing ArtsEd’s outstanding training credentials and we wish her the very best of luck in the next stage of her journey.”

Jane Morton commented: “My years at ArstEd have been so varied and interesting and I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have had to work and develop lasting friendships with so many talented and creative people.  I will miss all my colleagues and friends, and wish everyone well, and I will always feel a great sense of pride whenever I see ArtsEd graduates on stage and screen.”

Jane’s successor was appointed in May 2021 and will be announced in the autumn.