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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Women in Theatre Abroad - Chesterfield VA to London

A young woman who grew up in Chesterfield County and attended L. C. Bird High School found herself attending graduate school at RADA (for the theatrical novice--that's the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts , which turned out the likes of Olivier, Leigh, Ashcroft, Guilgud, and Brannagh). She stayed on after graduation and is now embarking on a lively career in theatre.

She is sought after by theatre companies for her directing skills and, at age 28, had already overseen the transfer of a revival of What The Butler Saw by Joe Orton to the West End of London, as assistant director!

Great Britain loves its theatre and, from my experience, they also embrace their women in theatre.

According to this young woman from Chesterfield, being woman? Not a problem. Being American...sometimes inspires prejudice.