St Martins has been shaped by the many hands, hearts and minds that have made it what it is today, on the same site for 40 years.
“I think places like St Martins, youth theatres, allow you to go there and really try stuff out and be your most authentic self.”
– Julia Zemiro
“Working with St Martin’s on the Escape Velocity Project has been a dream. When I was young, I loved acting. School was almost worth it for the chance to have a role in the yearly play. I even considered acting professionally. And then I realised I was trans. It was a deadend for my acting dreams, as even today, there are very few transgender actors who get any decent roles.
There are no words to describe my joy from the chance to relive my acting dreams, while also sharing my own experiences and struggles as a trans person. I’ve also made amazing connections through working on the Escape Velocity Project, and friendships that I’ll cherish forever.”
– Kian Hall
In 2010 when I was in second year at Drama School (I studied at the National Theatre) we had a week long intensive with physical theatre company Born in a Taxi. I fell in love with the theatrical form they play in, but also, meeting these real life working artists proved to me that it was possible to be a professional theatre maker. I then hounded them to let me observe their process and assist on their projects in any way that I could. Fast forward to now and I perform with the company regularly, and consider them mentors and friends. If you love someone’s work tell them, and seize every opportunity you can to immerse yourself in their practice.
My cousin, Nikola, a famous Serbian actor, on a 15,000km-one-night-only-first-ever visit to see something I’d made, was running late to our opening night of Balit Liwurruk: Strong Girl. Our front of house was a FORTRESS and never let him, despite his pleas and supplications.
He subsequently moved to LA and catapulted into the Upside Down, Stranger Things 4. The moral of the story might be ‘don’t be late to St Martins’ or ‘magic happens at St Martins’ – take your pick!
When I was four I was diagnosed with Autism, and I didn’t really know about it until I questioned why I was different. When I was ten I enjoyed being in my class play, so my mum subscribed to St. Martins’ newsletter and in the first newsletter she received there was an article asking for five autistic people aged 10-18 with special interests to volunteer to be part of a show and so I volunteered. If you have a special interest it is an autistic trait that most autistic people have, it’s where you are so interested in one thing that you can pursue that interest to a great extent.
Willa Carney is 8 years and has been coming to St Martins for 2 years. Her favourite thing about St Martins is the people: both the teachers and the friends she has made.