School of Drama, Music and Screen


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 department 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), Head of Design, Hong Kong Academy

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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