Birmingham academy announces partnership with The REP

Birmingham academy announces partnership with The REP

The Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) has announced a new partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Students studying at the new £25 million state-of-the-art academy will get the opportunity to work alongside professionals based at The REP to learn about the different jobs and careers available within the industry and gain a real insight into the profession.

As part of the partnership BOA students will also get the chance to produce and perform a number of showcases at The Old Rep Theatre. The first of these, entitled BOA Extra Connects took place on Friday 2nd March and saw students present an evening of dance and music performances, film footage and animation. BOA students were also active behind the scenes producing and documenting the show.

Gaynor Cheshire, BOA Principal, says: “BOA is dedicated to providing students with not only the best possible education but also opportunities to work alongside the best industry professionals. Birmingham Repertory Theatre has an excellent reputation for staging high quality productions and I’ve no doubt that our students are going to benefit enormously from this exciting partnership.”

Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, says: “Learning and participation is central to The REP and we’re delighted to be able to offer BOA students the opportunity to use our theatre as a resource. We’ve got a wealth of incredibly skilled professionals who are excited to help nurture the next generation of talent, be that on stage or behind the scenes. I feel this partnership will be a fantastic way of sharing skills and we’re thrilled to be involved.”
Originally open to students aged 16 and over, September 2012 will see BOA’s first intake of KS4 students who will be able to study for their GCSE’s alongside specialising in digital, creative or performing pathways.

The independent, state-funded academy is sponsored by Ormiston Trust and Birmingham City University, and is partnered with Maverick TV and London’s famous BRIT School.

For more information about the academy please visit http://www.boa-academy.co.uk/

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