More about Carla
We caught up with 2009 alumna Carla Goodman, to talk all things theatre! From the diverse course content to work placement opportunities, Carla tells us why she'd recommend studying BA (Hons) Theatre Design at NTU.
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“I came to an open day and was excited by the broad range of topics covered during the first year of the course. I was also encouraged by the industry experience and enthusiasm of the teaching staff.”
Can you tell us a little bit about the projects are you currently working on?
“I have just opened Pride and Prejudice at the Nottingham Playhouse and next up is a new play called Wolves are Coming for You with Pentabus Theatre Company. Following this, I’ll be back in the studio designing a show for Stratford East and a new version of The Nutcracker in time for Christmas.”
What was the most valuable lesson you learnt from studying BA (Hons) Theatre Design at NTU?
“Put simply, I learnt how to design a play! The course gave me a process to follow, from approaching the text and forming initial ideas to fine tuning the design. During my second year, I was able to gain work experience with The Unicorn Theatre which led to me securing my first paid job after graduation. This really helped to get my career started. The course taught me how to be self-motivated and improve my confidence when presenting concepts and designs.”
Why would you recommend studying BA (Hons) Theatre Design to someone looking to study in this area?
“I would recommend the course because there is a great balance of teaching you practical skills and encouraging you to think analytically and explain concepts clearly.
"I’ve had the opportunity to work with some brilliant designers who have also graduated from this course such as Giles Cadle, Robert Innes Hopkins, Joanna Scotcher and Sam Wyer.”
Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
“There are so many places I’d love to work, The Donmar Warehouse, The Watermill Theatre and The Royal Exchange are just few examples! I had a brilliant time at Nottingham Playhouse, they have a very dedicated team with extremely high standards, so I’d love to go back there. I’m also very keen to work on some more operas - as I find the scope for bold design alongside beautiful music is so exciting.”