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Alumni Spearhead Made in Winchester at the Nutshell Theatre

Rianna Ash, Aimee Croysdill and Cathy Waller led the Made in Winchester workshops at the Nutshell Theatre, Winchester on Saturday 18 November.
Rianna Ash, Aimee Croysdill and Cathy Waller led the Made in Winchester workshops at the Nutshell Theatre, Winchester on Saturday 18 November.

Taking a break from their high-profile, award-winning international careers, Peter Symonds College alumni Rianna Ash, Aimee Croysdill and Cathy Waller are appearing at the Nutshell, Winchester on Saturday 18 November to lead Made in Winchester.

The Made in Winchester masterclasses offer a one-off opportunity to meet and learn from Rianna, Aimee and Cathy, and to find out more about working internationally in their competitive worlds of acting and puppeteering, high fashion, and choreography and dance. 

Rianna left Symonds in 2014 and has since flourished as a natural puppeteer, working in major productions for prestigious theatres including the National Theatre, London and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.  She studied A Levels in Drama and Theatre Studies, Business Studies and History. 

Internationally renowned fashion stylist, Aimee, left Symonds for the global stage in 2007, after studying Dance, Philosophy and English Literature A Levels.  She has worked with celebrities including Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton, Derry Girls), Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting, No Country For Old Men) and Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: The Last Knight), and many more. Her clients regularly top Vogue, Marie Claire and InStyle ‘best dressed’ lists. 

Award-winning disabled choreographer, Cathy, left Symonds in 2006 where she studied Dance, Sociology and 

Media A Levels. After training at Laban, the prestigious London Conservatoire of music and contemporary dance, Cathy choreographed for the BBC, Tate Modern and Barbican.  She then founded Cathy Waller Company in 2012 and has since worked tirelessly to improve and advocate for disabled artists and audiences, for a more accessible participation and enjoyment for everything within the Arts and Culture sector.

Dominic Thompson, Director of Adult and Higher Education, Peter Symonds, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Rianna, Aimee and Cathy have taken time out of their demanding professional worlds to share their own experiences with those considering a career in the more creative sectors. Competition can be fierce at that level and sharing lessons learned with the next generation is absolutely critical in nurturing young talent.

“We couldn’t be prouder of their achievements and to see them excel professionally at the highest levels on the international stage.”


Posted: 23 November 2023

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