Ellie spent eight years at St Faith’s.
“Looking back now, I have to say this school made me who I am today. I was always interested in the Arts and with St Faith’s having so much to offer in that department, it’s no wonder I am now a Freelance Stage Manager, touring around the UK with incredible productions I am so proud to be part of.
From the age of 6, I was always a performer, beginning with gymnastics with Mr North. This led me to receive 16 medals in my 8 years spent at St Faith’s, performing in gymnastic competitions all over the UK including Holland and Belgium. As well, as gymnastics, I took up the Oboe in Year 4, for which I was part of the Wind Band and Woodwind Quartet for the majority of my latter years at the college. I also took up Speech and Drama lessons and performed in all the school plays.
After St Faith’s, I made the natural progression to The Leys School and then on to Hills Road Sixth Form College before attending a 3 year BA (Hons) at Rose Bruford College in Stage Management. Having, done a summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I realised I wanted to understand the backstage side of the theatre and I therefore enrolled to do the degree.
During my time at college I was lucky enough to do a lot of work outside college including working a lot for London Contemporary Theatre and also carrying out a work placement with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Having now graduated, I have spent the last two years touring the UK with lots of different shows and I am currently Deputy Stage Managing at The Other Palace Theatre in Victoria on a show called The Wild Party!
Amongst all of the crazy life that theatre entails, I have done my fair share of fundraising, last year for Cancer Research UK. I completed a trek of the Great Wall of China, which I walked for my Grandma who sadly passed away 6 years ago to Cancer.
I managed to raise over £2000 for the cause and the experience made me keen to do something else. It was so lovely to hear everyone’s stories and their reasons for taking on this challenge for their chosen charity. It has made me so incredibly motivated to support these charities that do so much for the people we love and cherish and to challenge myself to work hard and give back – so much so that I decided to take on another crazy challenge for my Grandma who my family lost a few years ago to Alzheimer’s. I have decided to therefore take on the extreme challenge of climbing Indonesia’s second highest peak/volcano, Mount Rinjani in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. This will take place in July and will be an extreme mental and physical test for me, battling humidity, very long days and conquering steep terrains. I have begun my training for this and will continue over 5 months, building both strength and endurance to make sure I do actually survive it!
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I want to thank St Faith’s again for creating the most special childhood memories, making life-long friends and teaching me how to be the best person you can be. I will always be entirely grateful for being brought up in such a happy, welcoming and friendly environment.”