You know you’re keen on a subject when you carry on doing it in your spare time. Chantelle’s busy life is a good example.
'The course is awesome. The best part is the people – not just the teaching staff, but the fellow students.'
I have been performing since I started theatre school aged three. But my decision to study performance at Teesside was clinched by the friendly staff and students I met at an inspiring Summer School run by the University to give a taste of student life.
The course is awesome. The best part is the people – not just the teaching staff, but the fellow students, and not just on the performance course, but also students on the dance and TV production degrees. The TV students record our performances, and the dance students give us dance lessons ... we all work and socialise together. We don’t just do drama – recently we made games shows and talk shows. We’re learning performance, production, technical and professional skills in a truly practical, hands-on way.
I gain more relevant experience – and have a lot of fun – presenting two programmes on Click, the University’s web-based radio station. I present The Monkey Project with my friend Pamela, who I met at the Summer School. There’s an hour of rock music, then an hour of comedy, twice a week. We get together every weekend for a couple of hours to plan the next week’s shows. It doesn’t feel like work because we enjoy it – the presentation is an extension of what we do on the course and we play music that we like listening to.