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Last week we caught up with our brilliant graduate Ian Gerard Whyte. Ian is 36 and graduated from LTS twelve years ago in 2005. After graduation, Ian moved to Ireland to study for his Bachelors degree in classical singing/performance. He auditioned for Ireland’s Premiere Opera Company, Opera Ireland. He worked for them as a resident chorister at first, then Fight director, principle singer, and concert singer, performing in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin. He has performed many roles in several different opera’s including ‘La Traviata’, ‘La Cenorentola’ and ‘Turandot’ to name but a few. He had the pleasure of playing Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for festival productions, from 2010-2011.
 In 2011 he worked on Don Giovanni as chorister for Lyric Opera and played Gaston again for New Lyric Opera’s production of Beauty and the Beast in northern Irelands Grand Opera House.
 In 2012 he played the role of Danilo in The Merry Widow touring the Canary Islands with a G&S opera Company, Trent Opera. I was also chorister and understudy to Tristan in the opera Tristan and Isolde for Wide Open Opera at the Bord Gais (Grand Canal) Energy Theatre.
 In 2013 he took the leap into television and worked with the Game of Thrones production, in the VFX department, performing as the Ice Giant and controlling the Giant Mammoth.
 He was then able to get a job at my old university (Dublin Institute of Technology – DIT) as Assistant Director on their public productions of Noyes Fludde and subsequently he decided to undertake his Masters Degree in Directing for theatre, in University College Dublin. In 2014 he turned to television again and was delighted to get the opportunity to work along side Gillian Anderson on BBC’s ‘The Fall’ as one of Nash’s henchmen. 
He worked as chorister and chorus manager for both, Wide Open Opera, on their production of Nixon in China in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and RTE’s production of Carmen in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. He continued to work with the DIT as Assistant director and Fight director on their 2014 productions of La Boheme, The Merry Widow and their revival of Noyes Fludde. During my Masters degree 2014/2015 he worked for Wexford Festival Opera, playing the role of Naaman in Salome. He was also fight director of UCD TV’s short film the Echo Chronicles and Fight director for UCD’s Drama production of Othello. At the start of 2015 he played the character Mariner Punter 1 in John Breen and Andrew Synnots premiere opera, in its debut performance; Breakdown at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Then he worked with Opera Theatre company as Assistant Director and Fight Director for their tour of the opera, Rigoletto. He was then cast to play Sante in Opera Theatre Company’s national tour of Suzanne’s Secret. In 2016 he wanted to learn more about other aspects of the production industry, so whilst working with the DIT he took on the role of Production Manager. As well as the role of Stage Technician for Opera Theatre Company on their production of La Boheme on tour. Following this, he signed a 3 year modelling contract to appear on Denny’s Fire and Smoke product range, appearing on billboards across the country and on their range of meats in supermarkets. He also landed a long term contract on the TV series Into The Badlands season 2, as a Stunt Abbot, Overseer, Clipper, Mech, Hand double, Foot double and Body double. The start of 2017 saw him play the role of John Dundon in a crime reconstruction tv series on TV3 and a featured killer on RTE/BBC’s; Red Rock. He took time out of performing during the summer to train with the British Action Academy and obtain my Screen Combat Certificates. He also completed their Gun Course and Live Action Stunt Training course which he also currently holds the record for completing and passing all of their courses within a 5 month period. He has recently worked on ‘Into the Badlands’ season 3, as part of the Stunts/Fight unit and Drama unit. He has just finished filming on the TV series Vikings playing the role of a Viking King, working along side Steven Berkoff. The next couple months will see Ian return to Liverpool, to play the role of Jason Woods in Sky One’s new TV series; Bulletproof. It truly is amazing not only how much Ian has done over the years but also how varied the work is. It shows that if you are committed and passionate about getting to where you want to be, you will get there. With all of this amazing work behind him we asked Ian, where do you want to be in 5 years time?

I don’t actually know, if I have learnt anything over the past 15 years, it is that plans and paths change. So, I suppose I would eventually like to teach drama/performance full time. However my career is/has been so eclectic, I think the best 5 year plan I can have, is to trust my Agent!

It is great to see that Ian is interested in teaching and we’re hoping that some of that is down to his experience at LTS. We decided to ask Ian a few questions about his time at LTS, firstly we asked, what did you enjoy most about LTS?

This is hard to pinpoint, because I loved LTS, even the hard days were great. The teachers were amazing and really sympathetic to my lack of dance skills. However, I loved the stage combat, the singing and getting to perform in public.

We try to offer our students as much training in all aspects of performing and a lot of students favourite class is definitely ‘Stage Combat’. With our auditions for next years intake just around the corner, we asked Ian, why should prospective students consider studying at LTS?

Prospective students should choose LTS because of its varied and diverse training program. I have never been anywhere, where there is so much training for all aspects of performance. I have worked in theatre on plays, musicals, operas and on TV/Film and how I conduct myself is all down to how I was initially trained at LTS.

It is great to know that the training you received at LTS is what has benefited you in all aspects of your work. Finally we asked Ian, what is your favourite memory/story of your time at LTS?

I have so many great memories of studying in LTS. I remember a lot of mischief and a lot of banter.
 The funniest thing though, has to be a stage combat class where we learnt how to have our heads bashed off the wall. One person in my class decided to mimic a bull. She shouted, “Hey everyone, look at me”. Imitating a bulls horns with her hands and scuffed her foot along the floor like a bull about to charge! She charged at the wall, gaining speed. She reached the wall but she did not bounce off, she just, sort of kept going in to the wall. We all looked on in hysterics as there was just thee bottom half of this person hanging out of a rather large hole in the wall saying, “I’m ok!”.
 I will always remember the fun friendly atmosphere. It might sound strange, but I have the fondest memories of walking through those front doors each day and feeling at home.

A lot of the staff remember this one! Thank you for your time Ian! We’re all so glad to see what you’ve been up to and we’re very excited to see what comes next! Best of luck in everything you do! Pop in and see us soon!

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“I was very impressed with the students from Liverpool Theatre School when I first met them quite by accident when I was playing Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly at the Liverpool Empire theatre. The students were all so full of talent and enthusiasm that when I was asked to work with the graduates I said yes in a heartbeat.”

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