Theatre education practitioner

 3 July 2012

Alice Barclay is a Globe Education Practitioner. She spoke about her role at the theatre, her career journey so far and gives three tips for others looking to get into the industry.

"Each student is having a potentially life-changing day." (photo credit: Pawel Libera)

Working as an education practitioner

"I run workshops for students and teachers at The Globe Theatre. These focus on the Globe playing space and how it relates to a particular Shakespeare play.

"Each student is having a potentially life-changing day."

"For example, today I had two workshops for key stage 2 students, one based on The Tempest and one on Macbeth.

"The visits involve a workshop of an hour, during which we go through several exercises that focus on The Globe for actors, the play and its language, and half an hour in the theatre putting it all into context and going onto the stage."

"I’m very proud of the community project work, which usually culminates in the class performing on the stage. Watching them overcome their fears and perform is very moving."

Getting into theatre education

"I came to Globe education after drama school, having briefly been a guide for the exhibition at The Globe.

"I’d had a couple of acting jobs that involved taking workshops for children, and had done some music workshops whilst at university. So I always wanted to get into the education side of the Globe.

"I’m an actress as well as an education practitioner, and I do various other freelance work as a performer."

"I started in the 6th form at school doing school plays, then did them in my spare time at university. I had a fantastic English teacher who gave me my first part in the first school play there had ever been at my school. I was hooked at that moment.#

Getting training and qualifications for theatre

"I did a degree in music at Manchester University, then a post-graduate acting course at Drama Studio London.

"Looking back, I would have taken three years at drama school instead of one. At the time I wanted to get on with it, but training is always the most valuable time and you shouldn’t rush it. Two more years at college would have made the first few years of being an actress more fun and successful.

"Two more years at college would have made the first few years of being an actress more fun and successful."

"Study has been enormously helpful, but as a workshop leader you have to keep learning all the time. 

"I learned about taking theatre workshops ‘on the job’ and was helped by the BBC Philharmonic education work I did at university.

"Doing courses along the way has been just as helpful, if not more so."

Advice for working in theatre education

1. Keep up with changes

"You need to keep up with the schools’ changes in teaching practices. This can be done with training, as we do at The Globe."

2. Get ready for competition

"It’s very competitive – there simply aren’t enough jobs!

"To get hired, you need to show enthusiasm, ability to communicate well, empathy, genuine interest in what other people think.

"Let your own personality come through in interviews - people are employing you, not just your qualifications.

3. Stay positive about your work

"Don’t ever let an opportunity pass you by without doing the best you possibly can. Each student is having a potentially life-changing day.

"Know it’s going to be hard work, but persist because it’s worth it."

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