AGE AT AWARD: 29
ARTFORMS: Musical Theatre
Hailing from Lanarkshire, Derek McGhie has worked as an actor for ten years. He has impressed with his talent, creativity and sheer determination to get on in his chosen art form.
Derek brings great passion, commitment and integrity to any role he plays. His long-term ambition has been to pursue a career in musical theatre and so he grasped with both hands the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Performance in Musical Theatre at the RSAMD. This study will help Derek to build on what is already a promising career.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help with the tuition fees for the Masters course.
Since the Award
After a successful year at RSAMD, during which time Derek represented the Academy at the Student Sondheim Society Singer of the Year Awards in London, he went straight into his first role as the Tin Man in the Citizen's production of The Wizard of Oz. He writes, "I have no doubt that without my training I would not have gained this role."