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Get to know our RADA MA Text and Performance students

Lucinda Everett and Kate Tiernan by Elly Clarke

Kate Tiernan studied at Goldsmiths in Fine Art and Critical Theory and currently is at RADA for the MA in Text and Performance. An actor working in theatre and film and an artist exhibiting nationally and internationally in Norway, London, New York and Canada. With ten years expertise of working for some internationally renowned organisations such as Arnolfini, Tate, V&A, The British Museum, BFI, University West England and Goldsmiths.

Through performance practice based research Kate is working to explore spatial relationships and philosophical conundrums through public/private encounters with various objects and built environments. Making visible through vulnerability these connections and how they intersect.

Kate lecturers at Sotheby’s Institute and Tate whilst also writing for the arts publication Studio International; recently writing a play titled ‘Freight’ to open in 2016 and is performing ‘Search & Rescue’ this year at DRIFT in Rio de Janiro.

Kate is from Wales and lives and works in London.

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Sophia Kayes originally trained in the best traditions of the Russian and European acting technique. She performed in film and theatre while living between Russia and the U.S. in the 90’s and early 00’s, appearing in a variety of roles including classical and modern pieces.

After relocating to the UK in 2007, she trained with London based acting coaches particularly in method acting, forum and physical theatre, and gained further qualifications including LAMDA European Qualifications Grade 8. In 2014, Sophia joined RADA MA Text and Performance, to expand on her acting experience and gain new skills in playwriting and directing.

After she graduates, Sophia plans to continue working in theatre and film industries, writing for stage and screen as well as acting and directing.

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Neka Da Costa is a writer, director, actress and theatre maker from Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her BA in Dramatic Arts at the University of Witwatersrand, and attended a summer conservatory course at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York (2012). She established her own theatre company, The Juicy Collective in 2013, whose collaborative, devised productions Luke and Helena (2013) and Wretched (2014) toured to national festivals.

Neka has written and directed various productions in Johannesburg over the last two years, including Dreams at the Joburg Theatre Fringe (2014). Neka made her debut musical theatre performance as Gertrude in Seussical Jr for the National Children’s Theatre in 2013, and performed in the pilot of Silly Seasons, a motion capture animation series for The Flying Circus. She has also worked as a writing and voice tutor at the University of Witwatersrand and AFDA film school (2014).

She is currently studying an MA in Text and Performance at RADA and Birkbeck University of London.


Lucinda Everett is a freelance arts journalist by day, and a playwright, theatre maker and budding director by night. She studied English Literature at Leeds University, and French Language and Cultural Studies at The Sorbonne before joining The Telegraph's culture desk as a commissioning editor and writer.

Now freelance, she is working on a number of plays, as well as a multi-disciplinary project with Ensemble Dance Company. She is also studying an MA in Text and Performance at RADA and Birkbeck University.


Jaz is primarily a writer, and is interested in political and participatory forms of theatre. She is a community writer on attachment with Old Vic New Voices as well as part of the Kali Theatre 'Talkback' scheme 2015/2016. Her current academic research at Birkbeck/RADA is about the working conditions and experiences of professional actors.


Emma Delius did a BA Honours in Dramatic Arts at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Since then she has worked as a director, writer and actor in South Africa as well as being involved in a variety of community theatre and education initiatives. She is currently doing a masters in Text and Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Birkbeck College.

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