Amie Shilan - Performance Production Manager

What’s your background? 

I moved over from Spain in 2003 to study theatre and performing arts here in the UK. After a fabulous time in Newcastle completing my BA in Theatre Studies, I moved to London to study at Central School of Speech and Drama, leaving with a MA in Advanced Theatre Practice. I forged some great relationships at CSSD and was employed there before moving on to The Royal National Theatre. At the RNT, I worked my way up from Assistant Production Manager to Deputy Production Manager, my last production being Men Should Weep and their Fast Forward 2011 Fundraising Gala. I then worked with The Theatre Royal Bath and Hull Truck touring quite a challenging but fabulous Lady in The Van. 

How did you come to work at CSM?

I saw the advert to move the Cochrane to the new premises and felt it would be a wonderful challenge to set myself. I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to do this and feel very proud to have launched the Platform Theatre back in November 2011, and open the first Drama Centre season in the new building. The technical team worked extremely hard to meet some crazy deadlines. We have, and still do, achieve some amazing things and put on some great works. 

What do you love most about your job?  

The challenges of making designs happen. When I get presented a model box from a designer or even a simple sketch/idea, I relish making it happen. Keeping as loyal as we can to the design (taking into account logistics, budget and health and safety constraints, amongst other things) and pushing for the highest of standards from everyone. There is nothing more satisfactory than looking at a show/project and saying at the end of the day 'it looks like the model'. I just love it. 

What's your favourite thing about Central Saint Martins?

The challenges it keeps setting me, and the technical department. I am result-driven and as we are so busy down here we see results of our work on a weekly basis, that’s quite satisfying. Also, that no day at work is the same, there is always someone or something to keep you on your toes!  

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My dad, cliche but true. 

What advice would you give to new students?

Work hard and stand out. You won’t get anywhere by being at the back of the class with poor presentations. If you don't make the most of it now you will struggle in the real world.