Last week, we heard from former pupil, Genvieve Lowe who started as a pupil here in 2002. Genevieve is now a successful actress, and we wanted to share her success story:
During my time at Studley High School I really enjoyed getting involved in extracurricular performing arts activities. I owe a lot to Studley High and all the teachers during my time there for supporting my passion and giving me plenty of opportunities to develop my skills!
Whilst at Studley High, I played Rizzo in the school production of Grease, took part in the Shakespeare Schools Foundation (as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream), was involved in a musical project (The Bee Musical) with local feeder primary schools, and won Studley’s Got Talent with a tap dance routine.
After finishing at Studley High School, I went on to complete my A Levels at North Bromsgrove Sixth Form. Having auditioned at a number of drama schools in the UK and being offered places at Colchester, Mountview and LIPA, I decided to accept my place at LIPA and moved to Liverpool to study a BA Hons in Acting.
Whilst I studied at LIPA I took part in a number of productions, including playing the role of Vic in the UK premier of Bucuresti, a new musical. I also provided voice over work for a Mexican animation company and sang in cabaret for Light’s Up Entertainment.
In 2013, I graduated from LIPA with a 1st Class BA Hons in Acting and got to meet Sir Paul McCartney.
Since graduation, I have worked professionally as an actor in a number of productions, including: Present Laughter (Daphne Stillington), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew), Peter Pan (Wendy), The Wind in the Willows (Mole), and A Christmas Carol (Mrs Cratchit/Belle). I have also acted in a number of films, a highlight playing French Assassin in indie feature film (Kaleidoscope Man) that was released earlier this year.
Last year I began working with Worcester Repertory Company, playing Desdemona in Othello at Worcester Cathedral, and The Good Fairy Azuriel in their pantomime Sleeping Beauty.
Having always loved pantomime, I was over the moon to be offered the lead in Worcester Rep’s new pantomime this year: Maid Marian and the Merry Men. The pantomime has even been featured in the Stage Magazine for offering a new twist on the classic fairy tale, making the female character the hero of the story!
Alongside acting, I am also an Associate of the London College of Music and work as a musical director/choreographer on various young adult productions, most recently conducting the choir for G4 and Lesley Garrett at Festival on the Close and for G4 again at Birmingham Town Hall.
We are hoping to invite Genevieve to school to speak to our pupils in the near future. Congratulations on your successful career Genvieve!