On the eve of our first Dramawerkz Youth Theatre class of 2021, I’ve had the chance to catch up with another Dramawerkz alumni: voice teacher and speech pathology student Shevaun Pope! Here’s what we got to discussing:
Mia (CEO): What is your favourite memory from your time at Dramawerkz?
Shevaun: My favourite Dramawerkz memory would have to be performing at the old Williamstown Mechanics Institute in a production of Alice in Wonderland that we put on. No matter what show we did it was always so incredible to see how well us as students could work together to create a piece of theatre. The collaboration between students and teachers was something that always made Dramawerkz so unique. I have so many fond memories of being able to contribute creatively to so many amazing theatre pieces we created together.
Mia (CEO): What are you up to now? Do you find that drama training has helped you build your career?
Shevaun: I am currently in my final year of my Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree. My love from drama and performing definitely inspired me to choose this career path. I’ve always loved being able to express myself through my voice, both through my singing and acting. I felt that Speech Pathology would not only allow me to learn more about the voice, but also allow me to help others in discovering theirs. Through my time studying Speech, I have really found my passion in working in areas of voice, supporting actors and vocalists in optimising their vocal health.
Mia (CEO): What’s something you’re proud of achieving over the last couple of years?
Shevaun: I’ve been lucky enough to have been teaching singing over the last few years. A huge proud moment for me was last year when two of my fabulous students got into performing arts courses, after working so hard throughout covid-19 doing zoom lessons. This was a huge proud teacher moment as it was so incredible to see all my students’ hard work being paid off!