Glyndwr graduate set to forge successful career as playwright and director
A TALENTÉ young playwright and director shared how his studies at Wrexham Glyndwr University helped build a career in the industry.
Kallum Weyman – who graduated from WGU with a BA (Hons) Theater, Television and Performance – was recently awarded a grant to the Genedlaethol Cymru Theater to develop a new play.
Kallum, 22, who grew up in Deganwy, explained how studying to Glyndwr had helped them identify and progress in their goals, especially directing and writing dramas.
They said, “It’s a dynamic course that’s really important as I walked to the next step.
“I found my work at Wrexham to be really, really wide and varied. I gained a solid foundation in the history of theater and experienced different forms of theater over the three years.
The former Ysgol y Creuddyn student in Penrhyn Bay, with autism and dyspraxia, added how the university has supported them both practically and emotionally in their studies, where applicable.
They added, “I remember I had a rough time in third grade, but every time I would go and chat with the lecturers and we were there for over an hour just to talk about lessons, theater and other things.
“I really felt from that one-two-one support, not just for my needs, that they really knew me and were there to help me – and I know a lot of other people feel the same way.”
Kallum had to make two throws to get the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru scholarship and spoke of his pride in succeeding.
They said, “It was really amazing to get to the second round of pitches because that was just my words, so someone read that and thought there was value there.
“By doing the project and talking to different people about the idea, it really gave me confidence in my work.”
Kallum received funding to develop the first 20 pages of a drama, as well as an outline of the story.
Despite the restrictions created by the Covid 19 crisis, Kallum was able to establish contacts in Wales and beyond.
Kallum, who identifies as non-binary, has also worked in online sessions with the Write Your Truth project, organized by the Theater Queers company.
Kallum also received praise for their production of Educating Rita, which was part of their Masters in Directing course at Trinity St David’s University in Cardiff.
They also participated in an Emerging Writers Project with Cardiff’s Other Room Theater, which resulted in the play Train Track Issues, which takes an alternative look at political and ethical dilemmas.
Kallum has received positive feedback for the piece.
“It was nice to have the feeling that my work is good, that people love it and want to support me to create more work,” they said.
“It has been a great feeling during what has been a pretty horrible time, because of the pandemic.”
Elen Mai Nefydd, Program Manager for Drama, Television and Performance, added: “We are extremely proud of Kallum’s accomplishments since graduating from Glyndŵr and the way they have used their skills with us. to pursue a specialist course in theater training, they achieved so much in such a short time and they were determined to continue working through the pandemic. We wish them the best in their future endeavors. ”