Colin is originally from Dunfermline, Fife. He was a barista for Starbucks having previously studied a HND in Musical Theatre at Coatbridge College.
He says, “I felt that although a degree isn’t 100% necessary to be an actor, the fall back of it and skills you learn about yourself are invaluable.
“The University of Cumbria were offering something that no other university was. Professional directors from second year, masterclasses with leading professionals and a commitment to its students from the outset.
“I have always been excited by Drama and Musical Theatre. I chose this course in particular because it allowed you as part of third year to create an original performance. By doing this it allowed me to explore new avenues of my creativity.
I chose to study with UoC as they were offering something that no other university was. Professional directors from second year, masterclasses with leading professionals and a commitment to its students from the outset.
He adds, “I enjoyed working with professional directors and choreographers, and performing in the Arts Theatre, London as part of the graduate showcase. We were also visited by a cast member of Harry Potter, given the opportunity to learn magic from a member of the magic circle, and worked with West End directors on third year musicals.
“University has taught me a lot about myself. The person who I was at the beginning of my course is now a thing of the past. I’m very proud of the person and the actor I have become from choosing to come to university.”