Actress to help give students star quality

Performing arts students at Stoke on Trent College are set to get a rare first-hand insight to the media industry as former student-turned-TV-actress launches her support.

Performing Arts students, based at the Burslem Campus of Stoke on Trent College, will now be working with actress Rachel Shenton who is best known for her role as Mitzeee Miniver in Hollyoaks.

A series of workshops that will be delivered by Rachel once a month that are aimed at helping the students stand out from the crowd, hone their skills and get to grips with breaking into the tough industry.

Stoke on Trent born Rachel, who has appeared in a number of British television series, commercials, and films; will be delivering the monthly workshops that cover key areas to help the students moving forward.

The sessions will be staged at the College’s state-of-the-art performing arts venue situated on Moorland Road, Burslem, and will include advice on creating a showreel, casting success, marketing and promoting yourself, as well as what to expect at auditions.

Rachel will enlist the support of guest speakers such as Acting Agent, Amanda Andrews, and fellow Actor Ross Grant, over the 9 month course.

The opportunity is also being opened up to young aspiring actors and actresses in the local community.

Charles Bartholomew, Assistant Director Media and Performing Arts at Stoke on Trent College, said “This is an exceptional opportunity for our students and is part of our ongoing efforts to help surround and support our learners with first-hand expertise and knowledge as much as possible.

“As a former Stoke on Trent College student herself, there is no-one who understands more the ambition of our students to succeed.

“Having successfully landed numerous roles and worked in the industry since leaving Stoke on Trent College we know Rachel is the perfect candidate to help give our current students a flying start.

“We are incredibly grateful to Rachel for taking the time to come back and pass on her knowledge to others.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Performing Arts courses available at Stoke on Trent should contact Jacquie Anderson on 01782 603138 or visit

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