Julian Bryant, technical theatre lecturer
Julian Bryant teaches technical theatre. He has also worked as a stage manager and actor.
What job do you do?
I'm a lecturer in technical theatre.
I've been doing this for over thirty years, after ten years as a stage manager.
What previous jobs in theatre have you done?
I did some work experience – a holiday job with a theatre lighting company.
I did my teacher training, but made the move to theatre after applying for jobs in The Stage newspaper.
"I talk to people about the way theatre works, and how to work in it."
I went on to be an actor on some touring productions that visited schools.
After that I was assistant electrician at the Arts Theatre in London.
I went on to do stage management, along with more acting, some scenic construction, and finally some teaching.
What qualifications do you have?
I have a teaching certificate.
I also have an MA degree in Theatre Practice.
What do you do at work?
I talk to people about the way theatre works, and how to work in it.
What's the best thing about your job?
Working with those who are enthusiastic about what they do.
And the worst thing about the job?
You can’t please everyone, despite the temptation to try.
How do I get into theatre?
Allow yourself to follow a dream, and see where it leads you.
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