Shakira Akabusi

Old Bedalian 2006

Have you undertaken any kind of further study since leaving Bedales and have you gained any further qualifications?

After Bedales I went on to study Musical Theatre at the Arts Educational School Tring Park as well as studying 3 A Levels in English, German and Theatre Studies. From there I went on to achieve a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts London.

What kind of work are you currently involved in, and how and why have you come to be doing it?

I started out with a career in Musical Theatre working in both the West End and touring the UK with shows such as Hairspray and High School Musical 2. I recently retrained as a personal trainer and have set up my own health and fitness company called The Natural Health Company which is based in Petersfield. As well as offering one-on-one personal training sessions I write health and wellness articles for various Hampshire magazines and websites. I recently launched a new branch to the Company called Fit4Stage which works specifically with performers. Combining fitness techniques to enhance the skills necessary for a career on the stage.

Did attending Bedales help you in getting to where you are now and how satisfied are you with what you are doing?

Bedales has absolutely helped me create the career I now lead. Mostly I find that the ability to communicate with a vast variety of people and being able to come across well in an interview/ audition room is something Bedalians have a unique insight into at the school. The maturity of the students from Bedales really does stand out and the belief that they can achieve what they put their minds to encourages the students to really strive for big goals without the hesitation of fear.

Have you been involved in any other interesting activities or occupations since leaving school?

 I fell in love with the countryside whilst at Bedales and as such have moved back to Petersfield with my husband. I enjoy exploring the countryside with my chocolate Labrador, Hugo. However I am also regularly up in London on weekends to attend dance classes to maintain my Performing Arts skills as well as keeping fit.