As a part-time blogger and full-time Digital Coordinator at the Globe, theatre is very much a part of my world personally and professionally. I am aware that I have been very fortunate in the progression of my career: initially joining as a volunteer steward, I worked hard and made my way up in the company. To be working in this industry is incredible and it’s something I never thought I could do. Quite literally.
When I was at school, a career in theatre and the arts was regarded in one of two ways. If you wanted to be an actor, you might have been encouraged to pursue it. Though were warned about the cost of drama school, and told to take some ‘back up’ A-Levels. If you wanted to pursue a career in the theatre in a non-performing role, I didn’t know that you could professionally.
TheatreCraft is one project helping to ensure that this generation is well informed of the options available to them within this industry.
TheatreCraft is a free event in London, dedicated to young people pursuing a non-performance career in theatre. Taking place on 14th November 2016, it provides 16-25 year old’s with invaluable insights into the world of theatre ‘beyond the stage’.
From directing to lighting, marketing to stage management, you will learn everything about the world off-stage which contributes to the world on stage. The day will consist of workshops led by industry professionals, as well as one-on-one advice sessions. You will also have the opportunity to network with peers and theatre companies, which will be exhibiting at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel throughout the day.
Previous workshop leaders include Jessica Swale, Olivier award winning writer of Nell Gwynn. An advocate of getting young people involved with theatre, Swale has praised the importance of this project:
TheatreCraft is one of the few events that allows young people to fully explore all the possibilities of an exciting career in theatre making. It is events like TheatreCraft that inspire new voices to join the industry, bringing with them fresh ideas and breaking boundaries, ensuring that we have a diverse, representative and creative new intake every year. And every year it goes from strength to strength. Long may it continue.
The TheatreCraft 2016 Ambassador this year will be Adam Kenwright, Executive Vice President of ATG. He too spoke of the importance of this project and his journey in the industry:
As someone who first started in the business as a teenager and who has personally worked in the box office, back stage, front of house, publicity, casting, marketing and in production, I am excited and proud to have been chosen to be this year’s Ambassador for TheatreCraft. Helping young people discover the behind the scenes professions that make our great industry thrive is vital to the future of theatre.
TheatreCraft is made possible and organised by partners from across the creative and cultural industries: the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Society of London Theatre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and Creative and Cultural Skills.
For more information and to book your free place, visit TheatreCraft.