The end of 2021 saw Kate McGregor, our fantastic co-ordinator for the Young Actors Company, go on maternity leave. We thought we’d take the opportunity to introduce you to her cover, Grace Alexander-Scott, now she’s had her first few weeks in the role.
Tell us a bit about your background?
I’m originally from Birmingham, went to uni in Aberystwyth and trained as an actor at GSA. I still work regularly as a performer but for over a decade now I have also worked as a creative arts practitioner; facilitating workshops and designing and delivering performing arts projects. I’ve been involved in a range of organisations working in schools and community settings across London and the Midlands. I have a real passion for nurturing creativity and believe strongly that participatory arts are great for individuals and communities.
How did you come to be part of WCTT?
I was already involved as a practitioner with Rehearsal for Life which WCTT is supporting. It’s a project aimed at bringing more drama into classrooms across Merton over the next two years. I heard about WCTT needing maternity cover and jumped at the chance to apply. I think that what WCTT are doing with young people at the Young Actors Company and across the borough is really important and I’m thrilled to be part of it.
What are you finding most exciting about the work that’s going on this year with our young people?
Oh there’s so much! The young people themselves are so bright and full of ideas and the groups have such a welcoming and inclusive dynamic. I think at the moment I’m most looking forward to seeing their productions at the end of March. They’ve interpreted the theme of “Stories of Survival” in quite different ways and it’s particularly exciting to see Act Two devising their own story to tell.
Ok, time for some quick fire questions.
Oooh that’s hard, I couldn’t pick just one! Favourite Shakespeare is probably Richard III. I love The Crucible or anything by Arthur Miller to be honest. The best new writing I’ve seen in recent years is without doubt Emilia. See, I told you I couldn’t pick one. Don’t get me started on musicals, we’ll be here all day!
Pasta…in all its shapes and forms
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I like to go for a run or do some yoga. Also susceptible to a good boxset binge.
I don’t think there’s such a thing as a guilty pleasure, if you enjoy something then you enjoy it. No need to feel guilty!