Jack was nominated by his teacher for his leadership skills during his Drama qualification. They said 'Jack graduated from Carousel Theatre School this year after ten years studying drama. During his time he always showed immense leadership skills with his peers and younger students, always offering guidance and moral support. This summer he was a Youth Leader on Bridges not Walls Inclusion International exchange representing Ireland in Lithuania. He collaborated with young people from across Europe in a three week residential that had a strong message on social issues that are so current and important to people of his generations.'
In what ways would you say your Drama qualification has influenced your artistic achievement, creativity, leadership or progress?
I took my first Trinity Speech and Drama exam when I was 9 years of age and I completed my grade 8 last year with distinction. The process and learning of going through grade examinations has helped me immensely with my vocal ability, knowledge, confidence to perform and speak aloud. All this learning has given me the confidence to become involved with local, national group in Ireland and international group in Europe. These groups have included Carousel Theatre School, Tallaght Community Arts, Doors to Elsewhere, Silver Tones Choir for participant aged 65+ and Eurobug. I now have the confidence to assist in session for all of these groups.
How has participating in a Drama qualification impacted your artistic skills or career development?
I feel so inspired when helping and giving encouragement to young drama students who are shy and who find it difficult to express their creative sides, when working with elderly people for whom it may be their first time being involved in the arts, and when working with people with intellectual disabilities.
The Trinity College London exams have helped me to be resourceful and to use my experience and apply it to different contexts. This has certainly benefited me both in a creative way on stage and also in the real world with changing scenarios. The confidence I have gained though drama is one of my biggest assets alongside my communication skills.
What's next for you?
I will be continuing my various work projects locally, nationally and internationally. I will continue to work closely with Tallaght Community Arts and The National Youth Council of Ireland in bringing the arts to communities around Ireland. I will also continue to engage with Léargus and Eurobug to enable the arts to portray political, cultural or social messages in various cities and countries across Europe and hopefully the world. In my most previous exchange with Eurobug, for a month I represented Ireland in Lithuania, where I met with refugees in the Rukla refugee detention centre. A group of international artists as a collective designed and performed a live public piece demonstrating the need for inclusion in society to build bridges and break down walls between various segregated communities including migrants, LGBT communities and people with disabilities.
What are your career aims?
My current path is a career in politics and international relations. I want to use my experiences and passion for the arts and inclusion to help find solutions and break social and legal barriers so everyone can enjoy the life they live. I hope to make a difference both on a small and large scale.
Read more about the talented young people selected to be featured as part of the TrinityTalent Class of 2019.