According to a recent survey we conducted, more than 70% of our alumni go on to work in the creative industries or education.

Zoe Boyle in Chamber Music

Our graduates have worked in some of the most prestigious theatres and theatre companies in the world, including the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and Paris’s Bouffes du Nord. 

Many students go on to work in creative industries outside the theatre. Hull drama graduates have worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and other television companies, in radio, for events companies, for creative and corporate enterprises and for public relations and promotions companies. Many other students establish independent theatre companies – often using the opportunities offered by final-year production modules as a launching platform. Companies to have come out of the school recently include Rash Dash, Middle Child and Park Bench Poets.

Some of our students go on to further study and professional training. Recent graduates have been offered places at drama schools including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the Bristol Old Vic, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Others have gone on to undertake MA courses in subjects as diverse as Text into Performance, Documentary Television and Arts Journalism, PGCE and applied drama courses or stay on and choose on of our our own tailored MA courses.

Some of our famous alumni

  • Anthony Minghella (1975), film-maker
  • Dame Jenni Murray (1971), presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour
  • Malcolm Sinclair (1971), actor and President of Equity
  • Gordon Farquhar (1986), BBC radio sports correspondent
  • Stuart Cosgrove (1974), Head of Programmes (Nations and Regions), Channel 4
  • David Pritchard (1976), Head of Production, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • Marianne Elliott (1989), Associate Director, National Theatre
  • Gillian Choa (1980), Chair of School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • Rosie Millard (1987), arts journalist
  • Indu Rubasingham (1992), theatre director
  • David Benedict (1980), London theatre critic
  • Gary Yershon (1975), musical director
  • David Hanson (1978), MP and shadow minister
  • David Brindley (2003), producer of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute
  • James Graham (2003), writer
  • Mark Charnock (1988) and Sian Reese-Williams (2003), actors in Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale
  • Tom Brooke (2000), actor
  • John Macmillan (2004), actor
  • Paul Arditti (1976), Sound Designer
  • Martin Lowe (1986), Musical Director
  • Bob Carlton (1971), Writer and Director Return to the Forbidden Planet
  • Robert Delamere (1986), Director
  • Stewart Harcourt (1986), Screenwriter
  • Mark Bailey (1979), Theatre Designer
  • Patsy Newey (1974), BBC Executive Producer
  • Christopher Simpson (1996), actor
  • Sam Troughton (1998), actor
  • Hannah Chissick (1998), theatre director
  • Laurie Penry-Jones (1999), actor
  • Adrian Lukis (1982), actor
  • Sam Roukin (2002), actor
  • Patrick Lau (1978), television director
  • Simon Harrison (2002), actor
  • Zoe Boyle (2005), actor

Companies find our graduates very employable because of the range of people, managerial and administrative skills that they developed during their three years with us. Since we give our students responsibility and allow them to run most of the production activity that takes place here (including their own drama festivals and the annual Z Theatre Company’s tour to Edinburgh), it’s not surprising that employers find Hull drama students to be creative self-starters with well-honed practical skills who work well in a team.

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