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Tom Burford

Career Path: Trainee Project Manager, HÅb
Location: Manchester, UK

I am from Melmerby, Cumbria. In terms of a career path I am still very much undecided as to the exact path I am going to take. At the moment I am trying to engage myself in as many different artistic projects as possible whether that be in programming and producing theatre work, facilitating music and theatre workshops or producing music and DJ'ing. I am passionate about music and theatre and so far this has been that the driving factor behind any choices I have made when looking for work.

What are you doing now?

I have just finished an internship with hÅb/ Word Of Warning in programming and producing a contemporary performance. I am currently working towards a multi-disciplinary arts event at Contact Theatre with Re: CON (Contact's young programming and producing team) as well and working front of house, and being part of their team of creative experts, providing workshops and consultancy services.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It gave me the confidence to apply for such jobs. I felt like I had a good set of transferable skills due to the nature of the performance course and the ability individuals had to tailor certain aspects of it to specific areas of interest.

What was the best thing about your course?

The fact that it allowed us to explore various different avenues relating to performance and theatre. Whether that be performance itself, facilitation, programming, producing, theory etc.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

I found Matt Cummins incredibly passionate. He really inspired me to engage with acting methodology when that was something that was not necessarily my main interest. Kate Craddock was an incredibly supportive and inspiring lecturer. Getting the opportunity to be involved in festivals like Dioniz in Croatia was brilliant!

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most throughout your career?

The ability to speak confidently about my work and myself.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The opportunity to live in a vibrant artistic city, being surrounded by people of a similar age and interest all wanting to explore somewhere new.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Get involved in Newcastle's wider arts scene. Don't just operate within the confines of the university. It is really important to engage with local venues and communities.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

A cracking time!

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