Bethany Holmes graduated from BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design in 2013. She currently works at Phoenix Dance Theatre, the biggest contemporary dance company outside of London.

Bethany’s mother owns her own business as an Upholsterer and her father encouraged her to do something she was passionate about, despite being worried that the arts didn’t pay enough.

In her second year, she specialised in making costumes, rather than designing. She completed work experience at the Oxford Playhouse, when she was responsible for making a dame’s costume for a pantomime, and volunteered at the York Theatre Royal.

Whilst in her final year, Bethany had an interview with the White Horse Theatre Company, who have an established link with AUB Acting graduates. Upon graduating, she was offered a job in their wardrobe department in Germany for six weeks, making costumes. She has worked with the company every summer since graduating.

Bethany then returned to the York Theatre Royal and became a Costume Maker for pantomimes, before moving to Crafts and Giggles, a company set up by a fellow AUB graduate.

She received a call from Lorna Clayton, a fellow AUB graduate who had seen Bethany’s work at their graduate show. Lorna was leaving her role at the Phoenix Dance Company and suggested Bethany apply for her role. She was awarded the job and became a Maker and Costume Tour Supervisor.

Her next project with the company will be a carnival ballet. The company is based in Leeds, which has a history of creating carnivals.  This performance will tour in Europe and the Caribbean.

bethany’s one piece of advice

“Build contacts with fellow AUB’ers, since graduating a lot of my work has come in this way!”