In our first ever "College Week," The Ensemblist is celebrating the myriad of ways aspiring theatre artists receive an education in the arts. Today, we hear from Corey Hedy as he makes his way to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
I started acting about three years into my community college experience while receiving my Associates in Psychology. I started taking classes for my general education requirements in Intro to Theatre. I fell in love with the art and did my first play, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I couldn't get enough and wanted to further education in theatre, so I transferred to California State University Long Beach, where I would receive my Bachelor's Degree. I met some wonderful people during my time there, one being my amazing acting coach, Lea Floden! Being at CSULB, I had the opportunity to study at CSU Summer Arts Cirque Show Intensive in clowning. I had an amazing time and learned that failure is a huge part of being an actor. I learned to make a fool of myself and began to love my work more from the experience. I feel like the opportunities given to me in my undergraduate program, as well as the undying love and support from my professors and peers, prepared me to go out for a masters degree.
I am excited to start my Masters in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts this fall. My school has been so supportive already in my journey. It's an amazing experience to be surrounded by actors who truly love their work. The ensemble of actors at LAMDA is truly incredible. This is what I love about my school: the focus on creating the ensemble. One of the most beautiful things about acting is that it must be done together, with trust and with deep love for the art and the ensemble. This is what I am loving about The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the undying love and passion I feel from the students.
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