Studying USW's drama degree in Cardiff was amazing. The link with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama was really helpful and I loved being able to take some modules there.
Theatre and Drama graduate Louise Miles-Crust is Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre, a major arts centre for musicals, opera, ballet and dance.
"I was able to work behind the scenes on some of the third year student final pieces and even performed in a couple of them. During my final year we created a project to work with local children who are in care or foster accommodation, which was challenging but rewarding.
The University has strong links with the Welsh media, and while studying I also gained a placement with BBC Radio Wales.
Just after I graduated I was lucky enough to get a job as an Arts Development Officer. The role covered everything from technical, marketing, programming and teaching and gave me an excellent base for the future.
I then applied for the Head of Programming role at Wales Millennium Centre. I was successful due to my knowledge of the Wales arts scene from my time at the University of South Wales.
It's a dream job for a drama graduate and arts enthusiast. I’ve programmed a variety of shows such as Cirque Eloize, No Fit State Circus, Footsbarn, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Billy Connolly. I also worked on the opening weekend celebrations and now I’m working on events for the tenth anniversary, such as a large outdoor performance and a sleepover event.
I first went to university wanting to be a performer and soon realised I’d get more enjoyment from making the work happen! I love working in a sold-out theatre with an audience full of people enjoying something I’ve been able to make possible."