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Boomsatsuma desribes itself as ‘the community interest company that's fueling the next creative generation’. Formed in 2009, they have created 13 apprenticeships and internships with funding from the Creative Employment Programme. We met with some of their young staff to talk about how they've found it.
Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.
Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr, Canolfan Gelfyddydau Llantarnam Grange.
Bev started out helping in an orchestra pit and got hooked on the technical side of music. She's now a full time technician.
Sarah Stephenson is Nottingham Playhouse's Youth Theatre Director. Her work involves running workshops and finding ways to engage students with theatre.
Harriet co-founded Tatty Devine, now an acclaimed handmade fashion jewellery brand. Their laser-cut plastic collections have featured in a number of high fashion magazines and London Fashion Week.
Hair and make-up specialist Alexys Becerra has helped create zombies for Thorpe Park and Circus of Horrors.
Sophie Hukin won the Apprentice of the Year Award at the 2019 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards for her work with SharpFutures. We spoke to her about her day to day work as an apprentice, and what it means to win the award.
Having previously worked in the construction industry, Phil hadn’t considered working in arts and culture. But since doing an admin support internship at the Royal Opera House through the Creative Employment Programme, he now can’t see himself doing anything else.
Stage manager Josh has worked at the O2 Academy Brixton for 21 years, but his history of backstage work goes back even further. He told us about his career, from touring with Motörhead to applying farming skills to festival work, and gave 3 tips for becoming a stage manager.
As a graphic and web designer for digital design company dxw, Lily works with clients from design brief to finished website.
Abi has over 25 years’ experience of theatre facilitation and her work with Collective Encounters sees her delivering workshops to those who have experienced homelessness, addiction and/or mental health problems. In 2017 she was jointly awarded the Creative Choices Award for promoting fair access to the creative industries.
Starting his career in the steel works, Mike Benson shares his journey into heritage management and gives his top 5 tips for becoming a director.
Amy Bonsall studied for a postgraduate degree in theatre directing. She now freelances in the profession.
Graham Coatman works as a composer, musical director and pianist. He also lectures and is artistic director of a music festival.
Ella McIntosh is a pewtersmith and owner of THIS IS PEWTER. She works out of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre and runs a workshop programme called ‘Give it a Bash!’. In 2018 she was awarded the Craft and Jewellery Skills Award at Creative & Cultural Skills’ annual awards ceremony.
Steven "Wilky" Wilkins started out as a technician and now freelances in production carpentry. He has both a forklift truck licence and a diploma in stage make-up.
Lynton landed a job as a junior designer soon after graduating in Graphic Communication. He works on branding and graphic design at Spring.
Steve Cheney has managed the main stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Big Chill and Leeds festivals.
Di Spalding has been working as a scenic artist for 25 years. She is self-employed and works from her own studio, creating scenery for theatrical sets.
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