Chloe Shaw – Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance
Learning and Outreach Assistant, Albany Theatre
Chloe Shaw studied her BA (Hons) in Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance at Newman University, graduating in 2019 with a First Class Honours.
Before starting university, Chloe was working in recruitment as had originally believed that university was out of reach, however, soon realised university was attainable and secured her place in 2016.
Chloe was the first person in her family to attend university, commenting “Coming from a lower socioeconomic background had it challenges. The welfare team at Newman were great at helping me access extra funds I was eligible for and offered wellbeing services when the stresses of the degree, working and personal circumstances became too much.”
During her degree Chloe was able to take advantage of numerous opportunities available including working with community theatre companies by touring shows, workshops and devising with professional playwrights as well as performing at some of the best arts venues in the West Midlands.
Chloe explains that her course tutors supported her development and always pushed for her to achieve the highest standard of work.
“I was very introverted and shy coming into a degree and their continued support and encouragement allowed me to gain a high-level of self-worth which has enabled me to set goals which used to feel unachievable. The lecturers have outstanding subject knowledge and passions for their specialisms which inspired me and allowed me to explore my subject deeper.”
Since graduating Chloe has secured employment as well as continuing with her education. She secured a role at The Albany Theatre in Coventry as an Events Assistant and impressed with her work that not long after secured the position of Learning and Outreach Assistant.
Chloe has had responsibility of devising a three-year plan for the theatre looking at creating a youth theatre, community projects and educational work which would place the theatre where she works as a creative community hub for the arts.
As well as succeeding in her career, Chloe has been studying her PGCE and also still works with the Midland Actors Theatre company on various projects with communities and schools.
Chloe’s long-term goals are to work in educational and community theatre and eventually lecture in this field, as she is currently applying for a Master’s Degree.
Chloe sums up Newman to her, commenting “Newman is a great university and placed in a vibrant city full of opportunities and open doors for individual that have a drive to work hard.
“The support network you build will be with you not only while you study but as a graduate. Newman’s Drama department are one of the best I found while looking for my undergraduate study. They will nurture your passions and value you as an individual whilst offering invaluable advice for your next steps.”