How did you start off in theatre?
I started as a child actor. I went to Sylvia Young Theatre School and worked across film, TV and theatre. I then worked as a runner for a production company and worked my way up to being a director and producer.
How did you begin teaching?
I was offered the opportunity to direct a show at a university. It was an incredibly rewarding experience. I found that working with students reignited my passion for storytelling and helping others. It’s a privilege to help the next generation take their first steps into a sustainable career in the arts.
What is the best piece of advice you have for students and graduates?
It’s going to be okay. None of us – regardless of status or experience – have been through this before so we are all unsure of what is going to happen next. You won’t be forgotten or left behind. I am creating a series of shows to support 2020 graduates that will run in venues across the UK. The response I’ve had from industry has been overwhelming and incredibly heartwarming.
What would you change about the industry?
I would encourage more kindness, greater focus on diversity and equality and making the arts the inclusive space we all dreamed of as children.
What is the best part of your job?
Watching the development and growth of a student, from first days of rehearsal to the end of the show. Seeing how far they travel and how much potential, enthusiasm and innovation their unique voice will bring to the arts.
And your least favourite?
Trying to ‘grade’ art.
What is the one skill that every successful theatre professional should have?
A good sense of humour and perspective.
What can readers do today to increase their well-being?
Don’t forget the journey you have already taken and the obstacles you have overcome already. Your voice and ideas matter, you matter and we need you. Please don’t give up. It’s hard, but your dreams are worth fighting for.
Adam Morley teaches at the London College of Music, Identity School of Acting and Trinity Laban and is artistic director of Baroque Theatre. He was talking to John Byrne