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Candidate Stories: Bobette Kenge, the Gate Theatre

Bobette got her foot in the door of the Arts via a fabulous internship at the Gate Theatre in London’s Notting Hill…

After graduating from the University of Derby with a degree in Theatre Arts, Bobette started her job search in July 2014. Desperate to find her way in, she began typing key words into Google such as “theatre” and “internship” to see what she would find. It was through her persistent searches that she discovered Creative Access.

She applied for a Development internship at the Gate Theatre in August 2014 and was successful, starting her internship the following month. One of her favourite projects at Gate Theatre was when she was entrusted to organise and run the Gate’s Development event: “I loved that I was trusted and believed to have qualities in which to manage such an important project for the organisation. Before embarking on the task, I lacked confidence, but after I had successfully organised and overlooked the event, my confidence sky rocketed!”

Despite having finished her internship, Bobette still regularly attends Creative Access masterclasses, which she found to be extremely useful. She has made many connections and found friendships with other interns.  “As with anything, you get what you put in with Creative Access internships. If you can show that you want it and willing to learn and go the extra mile – I am hundred percent sure that you will most definitely move on to better opportunities as everyone you’ll work with will offer help and guidance. So the connection you make is also very important. Remember to be nice and kind even if you don’t like a particular task you’ve been asked to do.”

Upon completing her internship, Bobette was offered two roles and chose to become Development Coordinator at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. In addition she is a committee member of the Young Arts fundraisers.

“I would encourage anyone from BAME background to apply via Creative Access and to keep applying even after being unsuccessful the first two or three times. I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am right now had it not been for Creative Access. Not only am I working in the Arts but I’ve also managed to join arts groups which works to lead the way for young people working the Arts.”

In 2017 Bobette joined the Roundhouse Trust as Major Donor Executive before moving to her current role as Prospect Research and Stewardship officer at the University of Westminster.