Alumna Rebecka Öberg, who graduated from Regent’s in 2016 with a Foundation Certificate in Acting & World Theatre, is now doing another degree in European Theatre Arts.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently doing my second year on European Theatre Arts (ETA) at Rose Bruford College. At the moment I am doing my Erasmus placement at RESAD in Madrid and will be back at Rose Bruford in June.
Tell us about your journey from graduation to where you are now.
I auditioned for lots of drama courses during my year on Foundation Acting at Regent’s and was lucky to be accepted to several of them. I chose ETA and started my first year in September after I finished my studies at Regent’s. In January I came to Madrid to do my student exchange and so far it been a very intense and crazy ride that I do not really want to come to an end.
What are your plans for the future?
ETA is very much focused on creating work yourself which is what I look forward to do after I graduate. I am very interested in political theatre and I will always create work because I have something to say, whatever small or big thing that might be. I have already started to collaborate with one of my classmates and the plan is to be able to just keep on working after graduation, instead of entering the big, scary world and having to start something from scratch.
How did your studies at Regent’s impact on you professionally and/or personally?
My year at Regent’s was very important in many ways. This was my first time doing theatre in English which was quite scary, but since I was in such an international environment I felt very safe when exploring theatre in my second language. The international spirit is an amazing thing about Regent’s and we can all learn so much from each other. Especially right now, when I am having all my classes in Spanish which requires a new level of hard work.
The foundation course was for me, as for many others, a stepping stone towards drama school and the amount of support I had from tutors is a big reason I did well in my auditions. Not only did I learn so much from the different classes, but I also got personal help with my audition preparation and I also took advantage of having access to free studios and used whatever tools we had been given in class to keep working on my own.
What is your funniest/fondest/best memory of Regent’s?
On the weekends when me and my friend worked on our audition preparation in an abandoned conference room for the whole day until the janitor kicked us out around 1am.
What advice would you give to recent graduates starting out in their careers?
Do not wait for the opportunities to come to you, create them yourself! And work hard, like, really, really hard.
What three words best describe the experience that Regent’s provides?
Supportive, international, preparation.
People keep telling us that the industry is hard, but that is also why we love it. We have to fight for our right to speak but if you actually have something to say, it is worth the struggle if it gets people to listen.