The series began on Monday 11 May with ‘Giles Terera meets Lin-Manuel Miranda’.
Dame Judi Dench, Mountview’s President , will share insights into the acting profession with Olivier Award – winning actor and Mountview alumnus Giles Terera today Monday 1 June, 6.00pm on Mountview’s YouTube channel.
Dame Judi made her stage debut in 1957 and has since become a seven-time Academy Award nominee, winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love. Other awards and honours include six British Academy Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards, seven Oliviers , two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes and a Tony.
Mountview LIVE is a series of online conversations hosted by Giles Terera with guests discussing their careers , as well as taking questions from Mountview students. Other artists previously interviewed includes Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni and Mountview alumna Amanda Holden , who will be appearing on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May at 6pm.
Dame Judi Dench commented: “I am exceptionally proud to be President of Mountview and support their work opening up training routes into the arts. In these challenging times, it is more vital than ever that the arts industry continues to nurture and guide up – and – coming practitioners. Mountview LIVE is a fantastic chance for us all to share our experiences with the next generation and raise support for their training.” Stephen Jameson and Sarah Preece , Mountview’s joint CEO’s added : “ For Dame Judi t o continue her support for Mountview by taking part in Mountview LIVE is greatly appreciated by all of us. Everyone watching her conversation with Giles will no doubt be inspired by her knowledge, passion and humour about our industry.”
Terera won the Best Actor in a Musical Olivier Award in 2018 for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original London production of Hamilton, and recently appeared in Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Lin – Manuel Miranda is an Olivier, Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize – winning actor, producer, composer and lyricist. His work includes In The Heights and Hamilton, the music and songs for Disney’s Moana and Mary Poppins Returns in which he also starred as Jack.
Mountview ’s joint CEOs , Sarah Preece and Stephen Jameson, received a Special Recognition Olivier
Award this year for their pioneering of a new model drama school that combines performance, vocational training and community engagement with creative development for professional artists. They have led Mountview to move to a newly built home in Peckham and a fundraising campaign to complete it, which included a £1 million gift from theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, overseen pioneering work with all sectors of the local community, including Southwark schools.
Mountview partners with 43 organisations across the UK to ensure people from under-represented communities are made aware of the possibilities of a career in the performing arts . Initiatives to ensure that everyone has access to drama training, irrespective of social background is at the core of Mountview’s mission.
Stephen Jameson and Sarah Preece commented :
“ We’re delighted Giles has agreed to host these conversations , which will provide fascinating insight into the careers of his guests. Their inspirational stories and achievements will encourage the next generation of theatre – makers and reflects Mountview’s commitment to making the performing arts accessible to everyone. ”
Giles Terera commented:
“I’m thrilled to be hosting Mountview LIVE – helping young artists is really important to me, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of theatre makers to learn from established figures within the industry. As I know from my time there, Mountview’s commitment to providing training for everyone is a massive part of what makes it so special and I can’t wait to get started on this project.”
Mountview has been training performance artists since 1945. In 1992 Mountview became the first provider of specialised musical theatre training in Europe. Vocational undergraduate courses include Acting, Musical Theatre, Actor Musician , Stage Management , Scenic Art and Prop Making , Lighting, Sound.