Louise Olley graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts in 2010. She is now a professional actress and has toured the UK in plays such as Dreamboats and Petticoats, performing at prestigious venues like the Edinburgh Playhouse.
What did you like about your degree?
“As part of our course we were able to experience the practical aspects of theatre, not only through performance but also through mediums such as lighting, sound, stage management and costume, working on full scale productions in these roles. This has given me a clear understanding of everything that goes on within the theatrical world and also supplies extra opportunities for those who want to work in theatre as non-performers.”
What is the best thing about your career?
“As most actors will tell you, there is a certain, indescribable buzz that comes from performing in front of a live audience. I'm having a fantastic time touring the UK with an exciting, young cast.
What advice would you give to current Drama students?
“Utilise the prestigious drama societies that are available at the University. I spent a large amount of my free time with the Guild Musical Theatre Society and was involved in all six of their productions during my time in Birmingham. The level of talent is sensational and it also creates other opportunities. For example, I was able to follow another passion and choreographed two of their musical shows. I also made many close friends through this group who are now working as industry professionals.”