Our warmest congratulations to Wac Arts patron Ann Mitchell, who in late 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East London (UEL). Accepting her degree at a graduation ceremony for students of UEL’s School of Arts and Digital Industries, Ann advised young graduates not to wait for the phone to ring and to instead create their own work.
It was particularly fitting that the award came from the University of East London – Ann was born in Whitechapel, and is a familiar face on Eastenders. She hasn’t shied away from classical roles either, and her impressive CV boasts parts with the Royal Shakespeare Company and well as every other major theatre company.
You can watch Ann’s acceptance speech in full below: