A group of actors got together in 2008 and decided to launch the first ever printed magazine dedicated to drama students. The aim was to give a voice to those seriously pursuing a career in the industry through training, dispel the countless clichés, and to convey the very best advice and guidance. The Drama Student Magazine quickly became a key resource.
It is no secret that the acting profession can be a tough old industry, and with some fifteen thousand applicants applying to drama schools each year, it’s certainly competitive. The Drama Student Magazine’s editorial policy was clear: ‘To be entertaining, informative, motivating, and to report on training and the industry positively, but honestly’. It turned out to be an inspired mix.
We’ll be maintaining the vibrancy we’re renowned for and building on our achievements
Phil Matthews launched the magazine as Publishing Editor in January 2009. “We managed to quickly establish The Drama Student as an important industry journal used by current and prospective drama students everywhere,” he says.
“Professional actors and creatives would often say how they wished it was available when they were in training. We regularly received emails and letters praising our fresh perspective. We still do.”
By the end of year one, Matthews (pictured right) discovered that the magazine’s niche audience intuitively widened to include actors, directors, producers, writers and production crew emerging in the industry. The eclectic editorial mix was both entertaining and educational, and assisted all emerging artists.
The team were immensely proud to launch Fourthwall incorporating The Drama Student two years later. The magazine will continue to be the voice of the artist as they take their first difficult steps into a highly competitive but intensely rewarding industry.
“By combining Fourthwall and The Drama Student into one publication, we are now better positioned to serve our entire readership of emerging artists who are establishing and maintaining their career,” explains Matthews. “We’re confident that our plans are going to enable us to go further and deliver a truly significant publication.
“We’ll be maintaining the vibrancy we’re renowned for and building on our achievements, offering a greater mix of entertaining interviews, articles and news, as well as all of the regular valuable advice from industry professionals.”
Matthews has now taken on the role of Editorial Director and has welcomed Josh Boyd-Rochford as the newly appointed Editor, with some fresh additions to the crew.
“It’s exciting that everyone who works on the publication are working actors or creatives, and are very much part of the industry. I just know this passionate group is going to make the experience an even more stimulating one,” adds Matthews.
JBR is looking forward to the challenge ahead. “Having worked on The Drama Student since Issue 2, I’m really excited to be joining Fourthwall as Editor. There’s an extraordinary journey ahead of us and I’m very proud to be at the helm of such a thrilling ship. I truly believe in Fourthwall‘s role as the voice of the emerging artist and I hope that, together with Phil, and the rest of the team, we can create a valuable resource for the industry.”
The Fourth Wall. Whether we’re bursting through it or respecting it, sat in front of it or working behind it, it is one of the fundamental tenets of theatre. The goal is for Fourthwall Magazine to also become a fundamental resource for the profession.