Alice Fitzgerald

Alice Fitzgerald

BA Drama 2015

Tell us about the award you have received today. What does this award mean to you?

I received the Bertie Black Prize for the most outstanding academic performance in Drama.  I started my degree having just finished Mathematics and Physics A-levels, so I really struggled with academic writing. To overcome this I had to spend considerable time working on my writing style and finding ways to constantly improve the standard of my essays.  This award means a lot to me because it confirms that my hard work has paid off. 

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time at Exeter has definitely been directing Exeter University Theatre Company’s 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival show. The opportunity to get experience directing a show for a professional platform has been amazing, the process has been so fun and I’ve had the chance to work with some really talented people.

What will you miss the most about University?

All the opportunities that are available! There is so much that you can get involved with, and so many ways to meet people with similar interests. 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

I always tried to find a way to relate my work to something that I was really interested in, so that I enjoyed researching and writing about it. I think that it is so important to incorporate topics that you have a connection with into your work, and look for a way to make it personal to you.  

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

My immediate plan is to get an internship either in theatre or television, in order to gain valuable professional experience. I hope that this will allow me to begin to build a career working within the creative industries, and I am considering applying for an MA in directing in the future.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Hopefully directing pieces of theatre, particularly plays that interrogate contemporary political issues in an accessible, satirical way.