Taking a Risk: Destination Theatre

To begin, I will say that I’ve never been anywhere. Anywhere that is deemed important enough to exclaim that one’s been there. The furthest I’ve come to ‘travelling’ or ‘exploring’ is going to Toronto or Niagara Falls. Travelling is never something I thought I’d be able to do. Not because I do not have the courage to go, but because I lack the funds. I came to Destination Theatre in the hopes I would be able to travel at least once in my lifetime and this would be my chance to do it with the support of the University. Travelling to London, to me, is much more than just travelling to London. This trip is a symbol of my academic accomplishment and self-driven success that will allow me to experience theatre and a city I always thought I would dream of. To say the least, I am very thankful for this opportunity to learn and immerse myself in a theatre culture that is much different than the one in London, Ontario.

In travelling to London, I want to wake up before the sun rises in the hopes of witnessing London in a way that tourists do not ordinarily see. I love photography and since it has been something placed on the backburner while I pursue my studies, I hope to be able to engage with it once again. For the two weeks I am there, I hope to capture some amazing moments that reflect the grand nature of London, England.

As I study Media, Information, and Technoculture, I am very interested in class struggles and power relations between institutions and the populations they oversee. During the trip, I’m excited to explore how architecture plays a physical role in encouraging or preventing certain classes from engaging with theatre. When developing spaces and real estate for theatre, developers usually benefit some individuals while putting others at a disadvantage (like most things). In this case, space and architecture can be political. This political nature of theatre, or the theatre space to be more specific, is what I’m interested in looking at most. Susan Bennett would describe it as the outer frame of theatre, all the cultural elements which create and inform the theatrical event.

Some of my fears of this trip relate to doing too much and doing too little at the same time. Like I have said before, funding, and my financial situation, is little to none, therefore if I do too much, I put at stake not being able to pay my bills over the summer. If I do too little, I’m missing out on experiencing and learning so much while in London, England, something I’m not likely to experience again (unless I do extremely well and find a great job, which is also unlikely).

While going to school here at Western, I never imagined that taking a second-year course in Theatre Studies with Margaret Jane Kidnie would push me to develop my theories in class struggles and relations through the experience and study of theatre.


“All the world’s a stage”: Finding My Way to Destination Theatre

If you had asked me to participate in this course a year ago, I would’ve told you that you were nuts; I am a total introvert and have always steered as far away from being the centre of attention—and, thus, theatre—as possible. When I saw the email for this course in my inbox, I immediately disregarded it because there was no way that I was going to be taking a theatre class. And then my friend, Adrianna, brought it up one day in the fall and we started researching what the course actually entailed, and, within a week, we were applying to go to London.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had dreams about travelling the world, and I suppose the fact that I’m an English major, and have always had a deep love for books, has eternally steered my heart towards England. Some of the greatest stories in human history have come out of this country and, if I did nothing else before I died, I had to get there. I had to experience the world that my favourite authors experienced; I had to feel the magic of standing where they stood.

When I started to think about it, I realized that this desire also translated over to theatre; going to Shakespeare’s birthplace is kind of an English student’s dream come true. To see these timeless plays performed live in the place where it all began, to see those actors repeating the same words that have been said for centuries, to hear and see the action rather than simply reading it will be an experience unlike any other. I can’t even imagine what it will feel like to sit in an auditorium so close to where Shakespeare himself penned it all, and get to experience what it was like to be one of the first ones to have heard his words.

While I may not want to be the one on the stage, I’ve always been fascinated by live performances. I don’t know what it is but every time I see a live performance, it’s like this magical, out-of-body experience. To see how the cast and crew set up a scene, to see all their hard work come to life in this indescribable way, is something that never ceases to take my breath away. I’ve seen quite a few plays and musicals over the years, both amateur and professional, including all my high school’s performances and a couple of Broadway shows (go to see Cirque Du Soleil: Paramour if you ever get the chance; it is astounding!), and each and every time, I am left speechless. There is something so transformative and authentic—ironic, I know—about real people on a real stage with a real audience watching their every move.Cirque du solielAs for what I am afraid or unsure about, I can honestly say that this is the first time I have not had any serious worries about going to a foreign country. In high school, I went on exchange to France and, being the first time I had gone abroad and the first time I was away from my parents for so long, that was absolutely terrifying. The next year I went to Ireland and, while it wasn’t as nerve-racking since I had previous experience, there was still that stomach churning, heart racing nervousness. This time, however, while it will be the first time I am flying without my parents, I can honestly say that not even that scares me that much. I feel like I have been waiting for this trip for my entire life, and I am so ready to get to the place where my heart belongs.12



An Opportunity of a Lifetime… I hope: Destination Theatre

Coming into my first year, the options for students interested in furthering their knowledge of drama and theatre were very limited. There were no classes available for first years. I decided that the best way to learn theatre was to continue being a part of it, and take on any opportunity I could to act. I didn’t get an opportunity to be in a show at Western until second semester of my second year, where I had a minor role. Finally, first semester of third year I took on the role of Malcolm, in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.   This is where I found out, through fellow cast mates who did Destination Theatre, that there are other opportunities to educate myself on theatre and be a part of something as exciting as this. My theatre knowledge was limited to the several productions I had taken part in, in the past, but other than high school drama, I have rarely sat down and learned about what theatre actually means, and I haven’t had much opportunity to watch shows, and break them down in terms of how they were done. I figured I could finally take a course that will allow me to do so.

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When I decided to take this course, I thought about the possible benefits I could get out of it and the list was endless. First of all, as mentioned before, it’s an opportunity to actually take a course on theatre and find out what it’s all about, in a classroom environment. Second, what better way to learn about something than actually experiencing it? This was an opportunity to be able to go to England, one of the world’s theatre capitals, and be able to watch a plethora of shows by the world’s best actors. An opportunity to be able to experience several workshops with popular actors and coaches, tour the city and actually experience the impact theatre has on the city, and finally, be able to digest and discuss what we had seen the previous night with a well-educated professor and a group of peers that have the same passion for theatre as myself. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to experience a certain culture and way of life that I have never been exposed to. I saw it as a way to be a part of something that I have never been a part of, and an experience that I can not only learn a lot from, but also find a great deal of enjoyment in. It’s always been a dream of mine to experience European culture, and this could not be a better way to do so.

Despite my excitement, there are several things that I am somewhat apprehensive about. As with any new adventure, you don’t know what to expect and it can be frightening taking on something by yourself, or with very few people you know. It is also frightening knowing that I am stepping out of my comfort zone for this new experience that I am hoping to get the most out of, but despite this, I am unclear as to what will happen because I’ve never done anything like this in the past. Regardless, I firmly believe that the joy and experience you get from doing something you’re not 100% sure of has to do with what you put in to it, and this is an experience of a lifetime that I am very excited to be a part of.


My Journey to Destination Theatre

It was a few days before school started that I randomly decided to check my school email account. In my inbox appeared one of the many mass emails that are common throughout the year, usually from faculties and departments that have nothing to do with my own. Reflexively I went to hit the delete button when the subject line caught my eye. As I read through the email I started imagining what it would be like to stroll the streets of London with new friends and take in world-class theatre.

I quickly shook the thought from my mind though. I was a science student; surely I wouldn’t be able to participate in an opportunity like this, having nothing to do with my degree. On top of that was the cost of the trip, which I wasn’t sure I would be able to afford. All of this aside, I decided to look more into the opportunity before making my decision. As you can probably tell, I decided this once in a lifetime opportunity was too good to pass up, leading me to the beginning of my Destination Theatre journey.

My formal experience with the study of live performance begins and ends with a single musical theatre class I took last year on a whim, after needing to fill a time slot for a class I wanted to drop (I was desperately trying to escape organic chemistry). It turns out that course had a much bigger impact on my life than I ever could have imagined. While I always enjoyed watching my friends perform in our high-school’s productions, I had never seen a professional show. Shortly after seeing a professional show together as a class for musical theatre, I found myself looking to see what shows played nearby and soon had a stack of tickets sitting on my nightstand.

I have mostly seen musicals, so one thing I am hoping to get from this course is the experience of viewing a broader range of live theatre. Of course I do hope we get to see a musical or two while we are in London! Another thing I hope to gain is a greater understanding of the general study of theatre because I do not have much formal experience with this. I am also looking forward to being surrounded by classmates who are all just as excited about the shows we will be seeing as I am, and am looking forward to group discussions to help me gain insights I wouldn’t have had on my own.

While I am super excited about Destination Theatre, there are some things that are making me nervous. Being from London, Ontario I have always lived at home during school and have never had to live on my own away from home before. I have also never flown alone before and I’m nervous about finding my way to Queen Mary after landing in London. I am hoping to find some classmates with the same fear so we can tackle this challenge together!

Overall I know this will be the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to see what England has in store for us!

Fear of the Unknown: Destination Theatre

I’ve always been very passionate about the performing arts. I’m originally from Ottawa where my mom urged me to immerse myself in the arts at a very young age. Between dance class and gymnastics, I was a busy little lady. Living in the city we were able to attend an innumerable amount of live productions. This opened up an entirely new world of performance for myself. Once we moved to a small town on the shore of Lake Huron my opportunities involving performance and arts dwindled. Although dance and gymnastics were still available, my new small town couldn’t provide the same rich arts environment as Ottawa had.

Early in my childhood I became a closeted theatre geek. I would beg my parents for tickets to Toronto’s newest performances rather than the new “it” toy. I took pride in my love for performance, but it was often hard to find friends that really understood and loved my passion the way I did. Often times I made new theatre friends unexpectedly after eavesdropping on a conversation about their most recent theatre favorites. Once I moved to London, I realised that I needed to crawl out of my shell a little more if I wanted to really enjoy my passion for theatre. This is much easier said than done.

Since becoming a student at Western I’ve been surrounded by an environment of people with many opinions and passions similar to and different from my own. The exciting environment of being around unique individuals pushed me to concentrate on what I loved rather than the judgement of others. Growing up in a small town it was very difficult to develop and pursue any passion that differed from the very strict status quo that was apparent within the community. Being that Western is a very social and encouraging environment I have found that I am able to more openly and enthusiastically pursue my passions. This positive social setting has given me the confidence to take risks and try new things that I otherwise may have passed on.

IMG_5666Originally when I first saw the advertisement for Destination Theatre, the program seemed too good to be true. How often is it that you can find a course that allows you to study your lifelong passion abroad regardless of your current degree? I was in disbelief after reading the synopsis of the course and immediately started talking myself out of applying in fear that I wouldn’t be accepted.

Every element of this course left me anticipating a summer of traveling and theatre, but I couldn’t help but wonder, what if? My excitement for this course was paired with anticipation for what could be my dream summer, while also keeping my hopes at a reasonable level. I went back and forth between the application before I finally felt confident enough to take a chance and apply. Once I was accepted into the program I began to lose confidence in my abilities to impress my classmates. My biggest fear was that I would have the least amount of theatre knowledge in the class and seem incompetent. I’d go back and forth between days of convincing myself that this was an awful idea to packing my bags three months in advance. This anticipation and dread quickly melted away after our first class when I realized that we’re all just university students trying to expand our theatre knowledge and have some fun on the way.

In about three months our small group will be flying into a new city with open minds and anticipation for a trip of a lifetime.


Discovering Theatre Abroad: An Adventure to Look Forward To


It was in Professor Kidnie’s Shakespeare and the Drama of His Age class that I first learned of the Destination Theatre course. As I sat there listening to a fellow student recount her experience in England last summer, I found myself picturing a summer abroad. I weighed the pros and cons, I considered the financial situation I would be in if I applied… and then I asked myself, “When will I get a chance like this again?”

It wasn’t long before I applied, and soon enough I was accepted into the course that would change my life for the better. Or at least, that’s what I’m telling my bank account. After four years at Western, I have decided that this is the perfect way to end my undergraduate experience. As I write this, I am already day-dreaming about the sights, the excitement and the culture that England has to offer.

Theatre has been a love of mine since the tenth grade, when I discovered the highs and lows of putting on a production. I invested every free moment in theatre in the years to follow, either through directing, acting, set building, or even discovering a passion for mask-making. When I came to university, I took a step back from the performance and back-stage aspect of theatre, focusing my attention on school. Fortunately, I have had the chance to keep my passion for theatre alive through reading plays and seeing a play here and there. Most recently, I was reminded of how much I enjoy Shakespeare when our class went to Stratford to watch Romeo and Juliet.

In contrast, visiting the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon will feel like another world entirely. I look forward to exploring the archives, and I cannot begin to describe my excitement when I imagine seeing Christopher Eccleston perform in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I think above all, the moment I look forward to most is stepping into London’s Globe Theatre which is “at the core of London’s cultural sphere” (Harvie 26). As someone who has only seen relatively small local theatre, I am eager to finally witness a traditional, open-air production in London. I am also ecstatic to have a chance to be given a tour of London by Jen Harvie – someone who seems to know the culture inside and out. I hope to have a chance to see some musicals as well, such as Les Miserables or maybe even The Phantom of the Opera, as I am familiar with the films but have never had the opportunity to see them performed live.

I think my greatest fear of this trip will be to miss out on a life-changing experience. I know that there are about a million and one things to discover in London, and I don’t want to blink for a second knowing I could miss something special. I can already predict that I won’t have a moment when I am not sightseeing or seeing extra shows in order to make the most of this experience.

Shannen Stroe is a fourth year Political Science and English Literature student at Western.

Harvie, Jen. Theatre & The City. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Print.

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Before we go to “Other London”: Hopes, Dreams, and Anxieties

I am one of the most unlikely so-called “theatre kids” that I’ve ever known, and I’ve met some crazy (and also extremely wonderful) people through theatre. I’m horribly shy and often actively try to avoid social interaction, and yet, live performance is something that has always resonated deep within me. So have I evolved since grade six, with my barely audible auditions, onward to extremely minor, nearly nonexistent roles, then medium-sized, and even leading parts (in a big fish, VERY small pond sort of way). More recently I’ve also expanded into various production roles, as well as writing for the stage.

I’m one of the very few students at Western who is actually part of the Theatre Studies major module, hoping to double with English. I’ve known about the Destination Theatre course for my entire undergraduate career, and always referred to the website longingly, wondering if it was something I could make work. I have extensive family obligations, a limited budget, and most pressingly, that pesky awkwardness and fear of social situations. However, as soon as my family became aware that this course existed, they struck down that barrier, saying two weeks studying what I love abroad would be better than sitting around, waiting for something to maybe happen with them. The budget issue disappeared as well, the course fees being gifted to me. Thus, I ran out of excuses, and had to face my anxieties concerning travelling abroad.

As a person who tends towards anxiety, I definitely have some concerns going into this. I very rarely travel by plane, and haven’t done it alone before at all. I have a very poor sense of direction, and usually have to map out a route on Google for anything that isn’t a straight line. Even then I can be pretty useless. I’ll also be worried about what’s going on at home while I’m away, because I can never help but worrying about any and every possibility. That said, I’m great at contingency plans.

Don’t let any of my negativity trick you into thinking I’m not excited, though. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this chance I have. I absolutely love Shakespearean drama, so the idea of seeing the very place it all began is amazing. I’m also hoping to get some musicals in, as my absolute favourite genre of theatre. Hopefully, with the variety of shows our class chooses, I can also expand my horizons a bit with non-musical and non-Shakespearean theatre.

In ways I never believe possible, but happen regardless, theatre continues to force me to ask questions, seek out answers, and grow stronger as a person. As such, I expect that I will gain something from this experience in England that I wouldn’t be able to guess would happen beforehand. I hope to gain a bit of confidence in social settings, and in myself, which are both things I’m aware that I am severely lacking. Our class seems to be a group of lovely people though, and this is a very unique opportunity for me, so I’m not so afraid of disappointing myself. And since this is a blog, I’ll suppose I’ll…keep you posted.

My Road to Destination Theatre

Theatre never seems to end up in my life on purpose, and the Destination theatre course was no different. It is not that I avoid theatre, more that it always appears where I am least expecting it. When I first toured my high school back in grade eight for instance, I did not expect to be convinced in a few short sentences that drama was the art course to take and I certainly did not expect that theatre would become a mainstay of my high school career. However, after a phone call home and being paged to the drama office twice, I knew I could not escape theatre- but then again why would I ever want to do so?

Skip forward five years from the day my drama teacher told me I would be crazy not to sign up for grade ten acting class. I am sitting in my room, checking my Western school email for no particular reason. Sitting in my in box is a message from the English department. I always wonder why, as a science student, I am constantly getting emails from the English department, but nonetheless I decide to read the email before deleting it.

“Students in Theatre Studies 3900G will explore the performance culture of a contemporary world city in a hands-on, intensive way”, reads the first line. Having spent the summer writing a play I do not know what to do with, theatre studies caught my eye and I continued reading. After several minutes of imagining myself immersed in theatre at the Globe and marvelling at the sites of London, I turned off my phone. I knew I could not take the course. My schedule was full, I was too busy, and theatre was not even close to my educational focus. Yet, for whatever reason I did not delete the email.

In September school continued as usual and it was not until November that Destination theatre would return to my mind. I am not a social media person, and as such my mom has taken to sending me anything she sees on Twitter that she thinks might be relevant. So one Saturday afternoon, when I was at the mall with my friend Faith, my phone buzzes and a link to the destination theatre page appears. I would have probably ignored it but Faith asked me what it was, and so I told her about the email from the summer.

Thus with the words “We should so do it”, the two of us were enrolled in the course within a week. Theatre had once again found its way back to me, even as I sought to evade it. Finally, now that I am here I could not be more excited!

As I mentioned, I spent the summer writing a play, for no reason other than I had an idea and thought I could do it. As I participate in this course I know I will gather invaluable information for making my play better and perhaps I will even find an avenue to put it on a stage one day. I love that theatre is something that always comes to me through spontaneous action. I always fear not being prepared for every contingency. There is something about theatre, however, that sets me free from this inflexibility, something about knowing the script but also knowing that improvisation is always an option. While I worry that I may have to face the homesickness that often seems to plague me and I know I will worry about everything coming together ‘perfectly’, I hope this mindset allows me to let go of these worries and enjoy England as it comes. I do not know what England has in store for me, but I do know it is an adventure that I will never forget, and one that will, in whatever small or large way, shape the rest of my life.

Thoughts, Hopes and Fears Surrounding: Destination Theatre

My love and passion for live theatre brought me to the Destination Theatre course.

I am in my third year at Western, enrolled in the MTP (Media Theory and Production) program in the TV-Broadcasting stream. I first heard about the course when I was enrolled in the English 2041F: Special Topics in Drama course (where the class spent the semester putting on a live theatre production of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth). In that course, Professor Devereux told us about Destination Theatre and it felt like a perfect fit for me.

I have been a part of the Western Theatre/King’s Players community since my first year and I just adore the environment within the shows I have been a part of. I find that the people involved are all very supportive and hard-working in order to put on a successful show.

I hope to experience different types of shows during this course. I have mainly only seen musicals, and a handful of plays. I love going out and being completely mind-blown by the spectacle of live theatre. I feel as though each show shares a different meaning or message that gives a viewer more to think about. After every show I always feel changed (for the better) about the message that was represented in the show. I am hopeful that this course will guide me to outstanding shows that are unlike anything I have seen before, serious shows like Shakespearean tragedies or audience-interactive theatre.

My main fear for the course is not experiencing or exploring England enough, especially on free days. I have never been to Europe before, and worry about getting lost due to my horrible sense of direction. I also have yet to travel alone, so I am fearful of getting mixed up and losing my way from the airport to the meeting spot. I hope the sensation of being lost will encourage me to explore rather than shy away and look for the familiar. However, I am excited to make friends in the course and travel in groups to go out and explore London, England to the fullest.

I am unsure about my feelings towards the food. My other passion in life is food and, although I have heard good things about the pubs in the area, everything sounds so simple and plain to me. I love being adventurous and trying new types of food that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. I am sure that together we will find some of the best restaurants and must-visit attractions, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

I am looking forward to experiencing the culture in England, and interacting with London locals. Although Canada is part of the British monarchy, it seems like the people will be different from what I am used to in Ontario, from the small quirks of their different slang and accents, to the way they represent themselves in the public streets. I am also hoping to make friends with some of the locals to try and understand their perspective.

I am so excited to be a part of this course and know this will be one of the best experiences in my entire university career.

Why you should enroll in Destination Theatre

One year ago, I heard Western’s Theatre Studies department would be offering a new course: Destination Theatre. The course description seemed too perfect to be real; students spend two weeks of their summer in England where the bulk of the course work consists of watching and discussing theatre. I love travelling, I love theatre, and I loved the idea that Western was actually willing to give me a 0.5 credit for those things! I cleared my summer, and with the rest of the Destination Theatre class, planned two weeks of West End musicals, Shakespeare plays, immersive theatre, modern classics, and brand new shows.

June came and I was suddenly at Pearson airport about to board my flight. I was not new to England or Western’s international opportunities. I had visited England twice before, and through Western, I have studied abroad in Italy, competed at a New Zealand case competition, and learned about entrepreneurship in Israel. But as my plane took off, I knew this trip would be an absolutely new experience. By the time my family picked me up from Pearson two weeks later, I told them the trip had exceeded that expectation. The travel, academically-enriching course work, and the people I travelled with all made this trip unique.

On my previous trips to England, I hit all the tourist highlights. I have been to the White Cliffs of Dover, wandered the streets of Oxford, and ridden the London Eye twice. I’ve even been in the same room as Queen Elizabeth II! But Destination Theatre allowed me to experience London in a way I never had before. The first thing our professor, Kim Solga, did after ensuring we had all arrived was hand us loaded metro passes. We were free to explore the city and we took advantage of the opportunity. We explored the area around our residence and walked along Regent’s Canal, far from the areas packed with tourists. We took the tube into central London and searched for the best place in Soho to get drinks. After a night of theatre, we sat on lawn chairs on the Southbank, watching the lights on the other side of the Thames. We weren’t shepherded around from tourist site to tourist site on a coach bus. We were able to truly experience England.

Despite these new experiences, the best thing I discovered about London was how the legacy of British theatre proliferates the nation’s culture. Theatre was everywhere, and from watching Titus Andronicus in Stratford-Upon-Avon to participating in an immersive Great Gatsby, we experienced a wide spectrum of live performance. What truly surprised me is how often we were able to meet and speak with actors or members of the creative team after the show! After seeing a beautiful and tragic new show called Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court theatre, we were surprised to see one of the show’s stars, Hattie Morahan, chatting with Lizzie Caplan at the theatre’s bar after the show. You may know these performers as the enchantress from the live-action Beauty and the Beast and Janis Ian from Mean Girls. As we sat star struck, Kim of course walked right up to Hattie, and they greeted each other as old friends (which they are). Hattie graciously came over to our table to say hello and answer our many questions about the show. This was a special, but not an entirely unique experience. At many of the performances, the actors and crew came out to have drinks with the audience after the show. In addition to chatting with stars at the shows, we were visited by many theatre makers, scholars, and reviewers who shared their insights and career experiences. I was constantly struck by how tight-knit the British theatre community seemed, and how willing they were to share that community with us. It was an immersive learning experience unlike any other.

The last part of the trip that made it special was the people I travelled with. Firstly, Kim was there for each student, encouraged us to bring our diverse educational background to class discussions, and shared with us her immense passion for theatre and England, a passion probably paralleled only by this year’s Destination Theatre professor, MJ Kidnie. Not only was our professor’s excitement contagious, I was also surrounded by students who were hungry to learn more about theatre. On our evenings off from seeing theatre for the course, most of us bought tickets to see even more theatre! We each brought different academic backgrounds to the course; some of us were humanities students while others had never studied theatre or the humanities before. However, we all chose this course for the opportunity to see and discuss theatre. That commonality brought us all together while our differences inspired each other.

Destination Theatre is an opportunity to visit a country with a theatre culture and legacy vastly different from our own. You will see more theatre than you ever would in two weeks, spend time with amazing people, and receive a credit for it! Whether this sounds like your dream course or you’re simply interested in travelling and learning a bit more about the arts, make sure you apply to Destination Theatre!


Shows we saw:

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? @ Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Anatomy of a Suicide @ Royal Court, London

Life of Galileo @ Young Vic, London

Titus Andronicus @ Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon

The Great Gatsby (immersive theatre experience) @ “Secret Location”, London

Les Misérables @ Queens Theatre, London

Twelfth Night @ Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London

Working @ Southwark Playhouse, London

Shows I saw outside of the “course” while in London: Dream Girls, Book of Mormon, West End Live Public Concert