Grace Bastyan / WINNER

BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Practice

Since joining the University, Grace has been a fully engaged, curious and experimental student whilst also being fully supportive of her peers. During her final year, she has learned to programme a new software to aid her group project. Grace pushed forward with her usual positivity and persistence to apply these new skills to their final performance and has since been applying for funding to continue this investigation into live performance and technology. She has used the last year as an opportunity to grow as an artist and push her practice to stand out in the face of adversity.

Outside of her studies, Grace has been working with international theatre company Imitating the Dog, who were very impressed with her quick learning and artistic eye. She is hailed by Niki Woods, Senior Lecturer in Performance, as “A worker, a solo artist and a strong collaborator with an impressive catalogue of success under her belt. The performance pieces that Grace produces, how she articulates her work and ideas, is already reaching professional standard”.

Grace says: “I feel extremely honoured and blessed to be shortlisted for this award, especially considering these difficult circumstances that we have all been working and creating under. I have loved my university experience and I have tried to explore as much as possible to expand my skillset for the future, throwing myself into every challenge that comes my way. I feel so grateful that others have enjoyed my work and been inspired by my creativity.”

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