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David Tudor (MA Drama 1972)

Biography

Trained as teacher, taught for one year, became a professional actor at Plymouth Rep. Then, moved on to directing and was Artistic Director at Sheringham for 5 years and at The Kings Theatre, Southsea for 6 years. Moved into producing and directing and produced and/or directed 9 West End Shows. Also worked extensively in voice overs for radio.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

It offered the best Drama Training with plenty of practical experience.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Meeting my wife.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Enjoy the social life but devote as much time as possible to your chosen course. There is stiff competition in all fields and you need to be the best.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

For the past 15 years I have been Principal of The Rep College in Reading. I set up the college myself on an idea given to me by Tom Conti i.e. 14 shows a year in public venues - a purely practical training.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Determination, hard work, use your best people skills and network, network, network.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

When looking for a job, treat your search as a job. Work 9-5 not only replying to advertisements but also cold calling/writing/emailing companies in your field, whether they are looking for employees or not.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

I still have very fond memories of a very enjoyable time. Organising a two week Arts Festival with both amateur and professional actors and musicians which nearly brought the University to a halt to the dismay of the University authorities.

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