Bob Christer, workshop organiser
Bob Christer designs and runs workshops with educational theatre company Speakeasy. He believes the key to getting into theatre is volunteering.
I'm originally from Stoke-on-Trent, and now live in Leicester
What job do you do?
I'm a performing artist and administrator with Speakeasy Theatre Company.
What previous jobs in theatre have you done?
I initially wanted to be a theatre or TV actor.
"On one day I might perform as one of the Tudors. The next, I might deliver a substance abuse workshop."
However, over the years I've moved away from the TV desire – I love performing in front of a live audience.
I spent two years as a freelance actor and workshop leader before joining Speakeasy.
What qualifications do you have?
I have a drama degree and a BTEC national diploma in performing arts.
All through my education I've explored various areas of theatre work, from design to performance.
I love the job I’m doing now because it really allows me to explore those skills whilst trying new things.
What do you do at work?
A typical day could involve any of the following:
- planning or putting on a workshop or project
- evaluating a workshop or project we've completed
- designing publicity
- making and editing a DVD
- multimedia design.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The variety. One day I could be performing as one of the Tudors, and the next I could be delivering a substance abuse workshop to secondary school children.
And the worst thing about the job?
Working with at-risk children can be difficult, but it can also be the most rewarding area of the job, particularly for professional development.
How do I get into theatre?
If you can volunteer on a project, not only will you gain experience, you'll give yourself the opportunity to show off your talents.
You can never be too enthusiastic, punctual or willing to go the extra mile to make sure a project works.