Our mission is to support graduates entering the industry by:
CONTINUING to build their skill sets after graduating by CREATING opportunities which allows them to CONNECT with industry professionals and fellow graduates.
A BREIF TIMELINE
COVID-19 Lockdown No. 1, Liam read an article about the cancelation of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a 2020 graduate himself, he wanted to create a space for graduates to showcase their skills, meet new grads and celebrate their 3 years of training. The catch? It had to be online! In this time he recruited Alice, who up until then, had never communicated with each other before!
The Grad Fringe Festival began and saw 564 graduates across the UK involved. The festival included Instagram live cabarets, Instagram live classes, rehearsed readings via zoom and a Black Lives Matter Cabaret. They also raised over £600 for BLMUK and Industry Minds.
The Grad Fest was formed. It was clear to Liam & Alice that there was a desire for continued support for graduates and after a successful response to the festival they wanted to make sure they continued their work.
'The Zoom Where It Happens' - A collaboration with Grey Area Theatre Company workshopping a selection of new musical theatre by teams of experienced creatives collaborating with 2020 graduates.
'The Reunion' marked their first public event as part of 'The New Normal' festival, at the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building. It was a live-lounge style cabaret where 2020 graduates could meet and share their experiences as graduates so far.
'Graduate Showcase' was hosted to support those who had lost out on the opportunity to perform their industry showcase, or were unable to meet with agents at the start of the year. Our showcase was based in a central London venue and saw all 17 graduates secure agency representation.
'Next Thing You Know' marked The Grad Fests' debut production in association with LAMBCO production at The Garden Theatre, London.
Awarded 'ONE OFF Special Award' by OFFIES for The Grad Fests' committed work throughout the year to supporting graduates.
'Spooktacular', a seasonal cabaret showcasing 2020/21 graduates.
'The Zoom Audition', a workshop of 2020 graduate Amy Nic's comedy sketch.
'The Big Night In' saw 25 graduates over 4 cabarets perform their favourite songs online.
'Grad Tidings', a seasonal cabaret hosted by Alice Fearn celebrating graduate achievements over the past year.