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My name is Rose Burston. I studied Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television and I graduated in July 2016.

What did you do after graduating?

I began working as a stage manager in London's West End.

What do you do now?

I am currently touring with Thoroughly Modern Millie as the assistant stage manager.

In doing your degree what has helped you in your professional life?

Working with all kinds of people and in different roles has been a great help in what I do. Additionally, taking the opportunities offered by my tutors for placements or masterclasses with industry professionals has really given me a leg up. If I heard about anything that was going on in the department that interested me I would always be the first to send an email to find out if I could be involved!

A really wonderful and friendly atmosphere around campus.

Why did you choose the University of York?

I chose York because the city is so beautiful and the facilities in the TFTV building looked so incredible and exciting when I was looking round! The course is unique and I didn't see anything else quite like it. There were also endless societies to join and a really wonderful and friendly atmosphere around campus.

What would you say to someone thinking about studying at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television?

You need to make this course your own. You're not going to get the most out of it if you just do the bare minimum. Use your time wisely and take every opportunity you can in and around the degree. Ask questions and don't take things 'as read'; it's so much more interesting to discuss and experiment than it is to just sit, listen and do what you think will 'get the grades'. It will be challending at every point but it's like that in the 'real world' so take the experiences and learn from them.

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What was the highlight of your time at University?

Definitely my independent project. The fact I was allowed to chose something that was practical massively helped me in what I am doing now. It was so incredible to be allowed to take something I was so passionate about and make it my own. It challenged me so much and really threw me in at the deep end, but it was by far the best thing I did whilst at university and my proudest moment. The practical third year project and the Political Theatre project in Year 2 massively prepared me for what I'm doing now. It was a chance to just get stuck in and figure out how things work and then learn how to do it better next time.