Date of Birth: 29th October 1987
Email Address: D.J.Coates@hotmail.co.uk
The University of Warwick (2006-Present)
BA Theatre and Performance Studies First Class Honours
MRes Theatre and Performance Studies Predicted Pass
Brief Description of Degrees
BA Theatre and Performance: My chosen course had both practical and theoretical elements and encouraged both group and independent work. My course gave me fantastic and unique experiences, including devising a piece of theatre for prison inmates. Modules I studied include The New Woman, South African Theatre, Renaissance Theatre and the Early Playhouses, Celebrity and Working Women, Writing for Theatre, Community Theatre and Theatre and National Identity. For my research project I studied private theatres in two stately homes throughout the ages. This topic was an area almost entirely untouched in the academic world and my dissertation included some crucial findings and unpublished material.
MRes Theatre and Performance: My project is titled The Chatsworth House Theatre: 1880-1914. I have carried out extensive research in a number of major archives and libraries and have discovered a range of untapped material to use in my dissertation. I am currently writing up a 40,000 word thesis to be complete by September 2010.
Tupton Hall School and Sixth Form
A Levels, June 2006 11 GCSE’s, June 2004
English Literature A 9 A* Grades in English Double Award,
History A Science Double Award, Leisure and
Drama A Tourism Double Award, Drama, Maths
Media Studies A and RE.
2 A Grades in Maths Statistics and
Employment and Work Experience
Warwick Arts Centre (January 20010- Present). Provide a high level of customer service with both on the phone and over the counter. Trusted with teaching a recent Work Experience student and with managing the Box Office in the absence of Full-Time staff. I am an active, sociable member of the Box Office team.
Resident Tutor (September 2009- Present). I am a Resident Tutor and am responsible for student support, development and discipline. In this capacity I have organised a number of social events, including numerous parties, a Pub Quiz, an Alton Towers Trip and a Summer Carnival. I have also dealt with a number of difficult situations, including disciplining students for anti-social behaviour and helping a student with mental health issues. This job requires an ability to work as a team and independently and strong communication skills and people skills.
Marstons Inns and Taverns (May 2006- January 2010). I was an active member of the Front of House Team at The Greyhound public house and restaurant. I managed a zone on the floor of the restaurant and frequently trained new staff. I organised a successful Charity Fun Day and Raffle, raising £1000. I assisted in the organisation of the regular pub Quiz.
University of Warwick Student’s Union (October 2008). After being a Freshers Helper in 2007, I was appointed as a Freshers Supervisor for the Students Union. In a team of eight, we overlooked the Freshers fortnight, supervising nearly 400 Freshers Helpers and working closely with University and Students’ Union staff. This job required impressive organisational skills, inter personal skills and required elements of public speaking.
Derbyshire County Council (2007-2008) Teaching Assistant/Volunteer. In Easter 2008 I did two weeks voluntary work as a Teaching Assistant at Tupton Hall Secondary School. I was able to assist struggling students, work with small groups and, by the end of the fortnight, teach complete lessons. The school has also employed me on several occasions as a paid volunteer on large theatre outings including daytrips and larger residential visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, Lea-Green Youth Centre and London.
Positions of Responsibility
Chair and Secretary of SSLC (2008-2009) and SSLC Rep (2008-Present). In sharing the roles of Chair and Secretary of the Student and Staff Liaison Committee I was responsible for hosting meetings, producing agendas and recording the minutes. I put into motion talks for a departmental Theatre society and for a Fresher’s mentoring scheme which will be put into practice in September 2010. I continue to sit on the SSLC.
Kidz Kamp Volunteer (2008-2009). Kidz Kamp is a charity which takes disadvantaged children on a short break. As a volunteer I was involved with fundraising and gaining sponsorship. I created a professional sponsorship brochure to send to large, national and local companies. I worked with children on the four day trip and ran workshops and activities with them.
Department Ambassador and Ambassador Co-ordinator (2006-2008). In my first year I welcomed and toured prospective students around the University and also attended question-and-answer sessions on campus open days. In my second year I was appointed to co-ordinate the ambassadors while continuing my duties.
Head Boy (2003-2004). I was elected by the student body to act as Head Boy. I was to work alongside staff and was responsible for creating the Prefect rotas and chairing regular Prefect meetings. I managed over 150 Prefects.
Theatre. I have always been passionate about my subject and outside of study I enjoy visiting the theatre with friends and family and occasionally taking part in it. Before University I took part in a local youth theatre group and at University my course offered many opportunities to get practically involved in theatre.
Socialising. I am an incredibly social person and enjoy gathering with friends and colleagues, hosting family events and organising trips out or summer holidays for myself and my close friendship groups.