195 Creative people in total for


Rachel Myall, press assistant

Rachel Myall is press and marketing assistant at Northampton's Royal and Derngate Theatre, where dealing with the press is a daily occurence.


Mona Kastell, costume designer

Costume designer Mona Kastell specialises in costume for street arts and circus companies.


Eve Timothy, front of house apprentice

After studying an events course, Eve was employed as a front of house apprentice for a theatre and a music hall. She told us about what her apprenticeship involves and why she thinks front of house is a great starting point for a career in events and venue management.


Daniel Ainsleigh, actor and acting coach

Daniel Ainsleigh is an actor and acting coach. An interest in amateur dramatics led him to apply to drama school.


Lily's work covers an entire design process, from taking a brief from a client to launching a finished website.

Lily Dart, web designer

As a graphic and web designer for digital design company dxw, Lily works with clients from design brief to finished website.


Maggie Saxon, manager and consultant

From usher to finance director and beyond, Maggie Saxon just couldn't stay away from the Royal Exchange Theatre. She left her job as a banker to work full-time in theatre.


Sevra Davis and Rebecca Ford accepted the award on behalf of the team. Credit: James Fletcher

RSA Student Design Awards team

The RSA Student Design Awards have been running for 93 years, helping young designers develop their skills and gain employment. In 2017 the team behind the programme were awarded the Creative & Cultural Skills Design Skills Award.


Yolanda M, theatre usher

What does a theatre usher do and why is it a popular way to enter into theatre? Yolanda, who previously ushered at the Young Vic theatre, explained what her role involved.


Vicky Grubb, upholsterer

Vicky's love of upholstery began with night classes at her local college. She now runs her own studio, teaching upholstery classes and taking commissions for work. Vicky outlines her career journey and how you can get into upholstery.


Stephen was able to learn about packaging design on the job, rather than through courses.

Stephen Shortland, MD

After many years of working in the packaging design industry, Stephen set up New Vision Packaging. His work involves liaising between designers and clients, and overseeing the business and its development.


Holly Barradell, development manager

Holly is in charge of developing drama and drama teaching at Trinity College London.


Neil Butler, artistic director

Neil Butler set up Brighton's famous, and sadly now closed, Zap Club. The former drama teacher specialises in running outdoor festivals and events.


Ben Graves, theatre apprentice

Ben was looking for work in the creative industries when he first heard about apprenticeships at Hampstead Theatre through Arts Jobs.


Andrea Pugliese, cultural experience designer

Andrea Pugliese is a cultural experience designer who lives in Rome, Italy. He discusses his unique career path, and how he merges a variety of skills to support creative businesses.


Andrew Loretto, creative producer

Andrew Loretto is a Creative Producer for Sheffield Theatres and occasional freelance theatre work.


Jade Poole was presented with an Intern of the Year Award by Andrea De La Cruz from The Creative Society. (Image: James Fletcher)

Jade Poole, intern producer

Jade started out with Exim Dance Company on a paid internship as a producer, but within a year she was promoted all the way up to general manager. In 2015 she won the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award.


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.


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Beyond Participation

Open Theatre is based in Coventry and works right across the West Midlands region as well as nationally and internationally. It has been developing work with young people with learning disabilities through non-verbal physical theatre for over 30 years. Partnership Manager for the Midlands, Ruth Richardson, spoke to company director Richard Hayhow, to find out more about their work and how they employ young creatives.


Bernard Horrocks works with different types of Intellectual Property and applies this to the creative work at the National Portrait Gallery.

Bernard Horrocks, IP Manager

Bernard manages the broad field of Intellectual Property at the National Portrait Gallery. He shares the importance of protecting the collections and his advice on entering in this career.


Tim Marston, fire performer

Tim Marston is a fire performer. With his company, Juggling Inferno, he performs at events all over the UK and worldwide.


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