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Meet Our Grads: Performing Arts

When you study Performing Arts at Middlesex, you join a community of outstanding graduates having a huge impact across the world. Our alumni go on to work in the West End, prestigious theatres both in the UK and internationally, set up their own businesses and are proactive in making the world a fairer, healthier and more sustainable place.

We understand you not only want to make the most of your time at university but are also looking beyond. Our performing arts courses are geared towards employability and helping you achieve your career goals, whatever they are. Collaborate directly with industry specialists through career-focused events with industry partners.

Meet our alumni

Read about some of the aspirational individuals who have turned their career goals into reality since graduating from Middlesex.

Shanice Smith: Singer, Songwriter, Actor

Course studied: Music Business and Arts Management BA

Shanice Smith studied Music Business and Arts Management BA and is a singer, songwriter and actor. Since leaving Middlesex, Shanice has performed in Les Misérable and other shows. She’s currently starring in Hamilton in the West End.

Femi Temowo: Solo Guitarist, teaches Guitar at BIMM Institute London

Course studied: Music (Jazz)

Femi Temowo is a solo artist and session player. After graduating from Middlesex, he was approached by UK jazz/hip-hop artist Soweto Kinch to play in his award-winning quartet. Femi was also Musical Director for Amy Winehouse!

Lewis Jenkins: Head of Drama and Progress Lead, Avanti House

Course studied: Dance BA

Lewis graduated from Middlesex and has since specialised in queer social dance and worked with queer community dance groups to look at how these spaces facilitate connection. He currently teaches for a local dance school in St Albans, Let's dance Academy, and is also Head of Drama in a secondary school, gaining his QTS qualified teacher status.

Tida Chinyanga: Artist. Creative Director, Sound Designer

Course studied: Theatre (BA and MA)

Tidais a successful artist who creates work through sound design, photography, videography and graphic design. Tida studied theatre at Middlesex and has worked at prestigious venues like The Young Vic in London and The National Theatre of Rome. She also directed the play Gilgamesh at Ravenfields Theatre to great acclaim. Tida is the winner of the prestigious 2021 Jerwood Live Work Award.

Emeka Diamond: Production Intern, Avalon Entertainment

Course studied: Theatre BA

Emeka studied Theatre BA and is a writer, poet, film maker, actor and producer. He has written and performed his own poems and been published in an anthology with other poets. Emeka has also written content for web series, been a Script Supervisor and Production Assistant.

Zakk Hein: Technical Manager

Course studied: Creative Theatre and Entertainment Technologies MA

Zakkis a video designer for large-scale projects including theatre, opera, concerts and installations. He was nominated for the 2023 WhatsOnStage Awards for Best Video Design. Credits as designer/associate include La Traviata at the Paris Opera, Ugly Lies the Bone at The National Theatre and The Lehman Trilogy in the West End.

Jacob Hawley: Comedian and podcaster, BBC

Course studied: Theatre Arts MA

Jacob is an award-winning stand-up comedian, BBC Sounds podcaster, writer and performer. He's in BBC sitcom Ladhood and on The Stand-Up Sketch Show. Jacob also did stand-up on The Russell Howard Hour. You can watch the clip here.

At Middlesex, we understand the importance of career support for life beyond university. That is why our award-winning career support service, MDX Works, is on hand to help you during and after your studies (for life).

Want to learn more about how we support you with your career so you can follow in the footsteps of some of our amazing alumni? Speak to one of our Performing Arts students.

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We have lots of stories about how our inspiring graduates built their great careers. You can read all of them on our Alumni Success Stories page.