Congratulations to Year 13 student Minnie Dunbar Johnson who has secured a place at a leading drama school.
After taking a gap year, Minnie will take up a place at the East 15 Acting School in Essex whose alumni include Patricia Allison, Alison Steadman, David Yip, Ann Mitchell and Stephen Daldry.
Minnie, whose favourite role at Worth has been playing Mary Warren in The Crucible earlier this year, said: “This means a lot because I never thought I would get there. I have always loved Drama but it is only in the last year I thought I would do this. Loads of people get rejected and I wasn’t sure whether I would get in, but this means a lot; it shows if you really put you mind to it you can do it.
“It is a foundation year they have offered me. It is a one-year course that prepares you to carry on to do the BA in acting. They prepare you for auditions and you do lots of acting.”
Minnie thanked the Drama department at Worth for helping her achieve this opportunity, particularly Drama teacher Mr Matthew Wellman, who has extensive experience in the acting industry. She said: “When I went to the audition, a lot of what I had practised with Mr Wellman was very similar to what we did, so I felt quite prepared.”
Mr Wellman said: “What Minnie has achieved can inspire others. Performing arts can seem like a closed door, so Minnie’s success shows you can do it. The expertise that we offer here is experience in the sector so that those doors are very much open to any student who wants to come.
“When I got into drama school I was helped. I wouldn’t have got in if I didn’t have a teacher who helped me, so it is really nice for me to return the favour. There are around 2,000 to 3,000 applicants each year for drama school, so you need someone who has walked that path to really guide you, give you those key techniques and ways of doing things so that you stand out and that is something we can really offer here at Worth.”
Well done on your achievement Minnie.
Our pictures show Minnie playing Mary Warren in The Crucible and with Drama teacher Mr Matthew Wellman.