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Where Are They Now? Catriona & Jessica

where are they now part 2 blog post

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This week we hear from former Jigsaw students Catriona and Jessica who have shared with us an insight into their Jigsaw journeys and how they made an impact on their chosen career path. Catriona is now a Theatre Director and Jessica is about to start her PGCE for Primary Teaching!

Where are they now: Catriona Shoobridge

Which Jigsaw school did you attend?

I attended Jigsaw Waltham Abbey, which is now known as Jigsaw Broxbourne!

How long did you attend Jigsaw for?

Really can’t remember what age I was when I first came along…11 maybe? I can can tell you that I started in Group 2 and did my last performance with JYTC when I was 20 – hopefully you can work it out from there!

What are you doing now?

I’m a theatre director. In 2014 I was one of the Jerwood Assistant Directors at The Young Vic, assisting on The Cherry Orchard and I’ve just been invited to do the National Theatre‘s Director’s Course this September.

How did Jigsaw help you?

Lots! It turned my love of telling stories and performing to my family into something tangible, with real skills I could develop. JYTC gave me the opportunity to perform in professional venues, and to be taught by industry professionals, something that is vital in order to be able to realise a potential career path in such a complex industry. Not to mention some lifelong best friends!

 

Where are they now:  Jess Ettridge

Which Jigsaw school did you attend?

I attended Bexleyheath Jigsaw school and then went on to attend what was the South London Youth Theatre up until it became the Youth Theatre for the whole of London.

How long did you attend Jigsaw for?

I attended Jigsaw for 10 years overall, starting at Bexleyheath when I was 9 for 8 years and then a further 2 years in the Youth Theatre.

What are you doing now?

I have just completed my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Brunel University and am now back at Brunel doing my PGCE to become a primary school teacher!

How did Jigsaw help you?

Jigsaw helped me massively in increasing my confidence and self-esteem and encouraging me to pursue acting further in education and later, University. It also gave me tons of amazing memories and brilliant friends!

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