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Guildhall’s interim head of acting Brodie Ross: ‘We have a responsibility to the stories we want to see being told’

Brodie Ross. Photo: Marc Usher/Guildhall School of Music and Drama

How did you start off in theatre?

When I was 17, I was taken against my will to a production of Macbeth. It changed my life.

What is your best advice for students today?

Connect to your own story. Speak from who you are.

What would you change about training in the UK?

Responsiveness to the world outside. We must be an active part of the current cultural revolution. We’re committed at Guildhall to re-imagining what actor training looks like in the 21st century.

What is the best part of your job?

Being in the rehearsal room.

And your least favourite?


Who should students be looking up to?

Michaela Coel. She’s an extraordinary artist who is changing the world.

What one skill should every successful theatre/dance professional have?

The ability to stay generous under pressure.

Guildhall is involved with the Open Door initiative [1], which helps students from low-income backgrounds apply for drama school. Are there benefits for school as well as student?

As a leading drama school, we have a responsibility to the stories that we want to see being told in our world. We are passionate about representation. We want our students to reflect contemporary society, and we work hard to make ourselves accessible to all. Open Door has created a brilliant, empowering pathway for fresh talent from low-income backgrounds. At a time when these young people experience so many barriers to our industry, this initiative invites them in. I hope together we can start to really shift the landscape, and lead the change we want to see.

Brodie Ross was talking to John Byrne