October 8, 2008

Magee Students Prove to Be a Real Class Act


TOP drama and theatre students from the University's Magee campus have been recognised for their outstanding achievement at a special prizegiving ceremony this week.

Three scholarships for drama and three theatre prizes were awarded to students who had excelled in their studies.

Nicky Harley from Derry, who graduated with a first in Drama in 2008, picked up the Dean's Prize and the Millennium Forum Prize for Theatre Practice, in recognition of her extensive and varied work in support of the students on the course.

Bronagh Diamond from west Belfast won the Evelyn Burges Scholarship for Drama.

Bronagh studied Government and Criminology at the University of Ulster's Jordanstown campus before transferring to the BA (Drama) at Magee.

She is currently in her final year of studies and aims to become a playwright.

Second year student Lauren Graffin from Ballymena was awarded the No Alibis Scholarship for Drama.

She has recently returned from California where she worked in a summer camp for visually impaired children, and hopes to work with children with special needs in the future.

Rachel MacFarland from Derry is also entering the second year of the BA programme and was the winner of the University of Ulster Progression Scholarship.

A former student of Thornhill College, Rachel has been involved with the Golden Link Festival and with the Grove Theatre Company in the city.

Laura Woodland from Kent scooped the An Grianan Prize for Theatre Practice. Laura aims to become a professional writer for stage and screen.

She is currently involved in a collaborative project with director and writer Jody Medland of Magic Dust Productions.

Liam Green from Belfast won the Playhouse Prize for Theatre Practice. Liam has worked as a leader in the Donegal Gaeltacht and plans to travel before returning to university as a postgraduate.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, Professor Carole-Anne Upton from the School of Creative Arts said: "We are delighted to be able to offer these prizes and scholarships which allow us publicly to recognise the exceptionally high standards achieved by our students through their hard work across all aspects of the drama programme."

She added: "I would particularly like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support in making this possible."

Originally published by BRENDAN McDAID [email protected]

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