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Drama alumni - profiles

Ben Clare

pic of Ben graduated with a BA (Hons) Drama in 2005. He worked at the National Theatre for six years, first in the Bookshop, then the Press Office and as Publications Manager. He has also worked as a freelance theatre publicist for companies such as Gecko, Transport, Tangled Feet and Arcola Theatre. He is currently the Marketing and Press Manager of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. He also writes plays and has been part of the Young Writers Programme and the Writers Group at the Royal Court. He has had plays produced at the Rose Theatre Kingston, in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is director of Lifelike Theatre.

Zita Zutic Konak

pic of Zita left her hometown of Belgrade, Serbia in 2003 to study Drama and Film Studies at Kingston University. She then continued her studies at Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with a Masters degree in Advanced Theatre Practice and on leaving Central set up her own company with fellow Kingston graduate Lauren Hart. More recently Zita has been pursuing a career in film and TV. Her experience includes working as assistant director on films such as Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love", on commercials for brands such as Sainsbury's, Virgin Mobile and Sky, and on music videos for bands such as Klaxons, Mystery Jets and Green Rock River Band. 
After three years of assistant directing, Zita has found a career that makes use of both her directing skills and her knowledge of film and is currently working in casting. Her first casting director credits are for Blacks & Visit England "Explore" commercial as well as Fryars "On Your Own" music video. Zita is currently casting her first short film.

Conrad Murray

pic of Gaining my degree at Kingston Uni was one of the most important, and life affirming things that I've done in my life thus far. Whilst at Uni I developed my Theatre company TdC and was able to put on my own evening performances in the Drama Department. This gave me confidence in my own abilities creatively and also helped give me confidence academically. The work I created at the Uni went on to be programmed and produced on the fringe at The Etcetera Theatre, The White Bear Theatre club, The Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) and Whitechapel gallery, as well as being entered into the British Library.

Since leaving the University, I have worked extensively at the BAC, creating my own work, but also directing, producing and delivering projects for the theatre. As part of Homegrown and The Beatbox Academy (both part of the BAC youth theatre) I have led several projects which in turn led to my assisting Neil Bettles (Frantic Assembly associate director), and directing shows for the Edinburgh Festival and the Lyric Hammersmith. I have also worked with some of the worlds best Beatbox artists including Reeps One, Mc Zani, and Schlo mo. My own theatre company has presented work Inevitably the Inevitable May Not Happen, Reasons for living, and Being Brown at the BAC, Shunt Vaults, and at the Southwark Playhouse. I studied song writing as part of my degree at Kingston and have since had music played on BBC radio stations, and had performances at many venues in London.

My degree at Kingston has put me in good stead to get an MA (in performance) at Goldsmiths, and get onto a teaching qualification and gain QTS.

pic of Graduated in Drama in 2010 and began work that summer for the King's Head Theatre in Islington, later becoming theatre manager. He now works as a freelance theatre artist. Xav performed in the Turbine Hall of Tate Todern in 2012 and with Cordelia Howard and Catherine Goodwin, both also Kingston Drama graduates, is a founder member of Needless Alley Collective a performance company which produces the regular Cabaret Voltaire at the King's Head and runs workshops and activities across the capital and beyond in a range of settings.

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