Meet Michelle, a young performer with the National Theatre

Michelle is taking part in drama workshops supported by Coram's Young People's Programmes

Meet Michelle, a young performer with the National Theatre

Getting involved with the National Theatre's projects for young people at Coram has given Michelle, who has a migrant background, an opportunity to explore and develop her creative side.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Michelle I am 22 years old and I am currently a Law student at SOAS University in London. I also work part time at Coram to help co-ordinate the Youth Rights Training programme. I find most things interesting and I am always trying to find new ways of understanding the world. I love utilising creative energy and I usually do this by dressing up in creative ways. My hobbies include fashion, film, and literature and recently I have discovered a love for nature, I’m hoping to develop a hobby that has something to do with nature. I also love children and I am lucky to get to volunteer and look after the children at my church every Sunday.

What have you enjoyed about being part of the National Theatre project?

The National Theatre project has been an amazing way for me to find new ways of utilising creative energy and discovering new talents and skills that I never knew I had. It has really improved my confidence and I have been able to make connections with a wide range of amazing people that I wouldn’t have otherwise met.

How do you think the National Theatre project benefits the young people involved?

The benefit to young people of being in that space is immense, these benefits will differ from person to person but I think it became a space to  get away from everything else going on in life and just focus on having fun,  being silly and being creative.                                                                           

I remember when I was doing my GCSEs and I really wanted to choose drama to study further and my parents refused because they didn’t see the point of it. I think a lot of people from migrant backgrounds such as myself do not get the opportunity to go into the creative world because it just isn’t taken seriously in our communities, our parents went through a lot to migrate here and give us an opportunity to thrive and what is seen as thriving is usually viewed through the narrow lens of academia, such as legal studies or medicine which is what I have always been encouraged to do. Thus by giving us this opportunity I feel like people who would never ordinarily have pursued the arts see it as a viable option now for their future. 

What are your hopes for the future?

My hope for the future is to complete my Law degree and qualify as an immigration lawyer. I would also love to utilise my creative skills and my aim is to write and make films. Most importantly however my hope is that I am able to help people in any way shape or form and to live a life of servitude to others.

Find out more about Coram's National Theatre project