Arts Emergency

Hosanna, Theatre Apprentice

Hosanna at the Royal Opera House

Hosanna wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she left school but exploring her shared interest in theatre with mentor Ellie led her to an apprenticeship at The Royal Opera House.

How has Arts Emergency helped you?
I didn’t feel too thrilled to be leaving school because that was all I knew but my mentor was really great and she helped me a lot. Most of the time I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I had someone to figure it all out with. Arts Emergency stopped me thinking that I had to get these uncertain, imminent choices right first time. I didn’t even think I would do an apprenticeship so it was really helpful to have someone to practice interviews with and read through my applications.

What does your apprenticeship involve?
What I do is always very different as I spend 4-5 weeks in different technical departments, for example stage lighting, sound and broadcasting, or the build area. I work like everyone else but I also have some college work. Now I’m in the Project Team working with the stage props on the ballet version of Frankenstein. I put the props on and off stage. Frankenstein is a good show to do because there are some really cool props that I get to work with like a brain, a corpse, medical trays and two skeletons.

Has there been a best bit?
The best parts were always meeting up with my mentor, I liked sharing my first play with her and talking about other shows. Seeing the recorded video at the mentoring celebration event made me feel very proud of myself. There are loads of opportunities too; I’ve been to workshops, a film set and seen free plays and a movie.

Why is Arts Emergency important to you?
I like that it that offers opportunity into a field of work where it can be tough for certain people to work in. Without Arts Emergency’s help and support I might not have had the confidence or belief that I could achieve this or anything else that I want to do.

Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

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