Production


16 Creative people in total for Production


Hanna Slattne, dramaturg

Hanna is a dramaturg at Tinderbox Theatre Company in Northern Ireland. She makes sure the various elements of a show communicate the director and designers' vision effectively.


Danny Stewart, lighting and sound technician

Danny started out working front-of-house at a theatre. From there he got into the technical side of staging opera and live events.


Seiso, Mpho, Letsebela and Wandile visited The Backstage Centre in Purfleet to help them learn best practice from other countries.

Technical production trainees in South Africa

Seiso, Mpho, Letsebela and Wandile are technical production trainees for the South African Roadies Association, which provides young people with training and employment skills for the music tech industry. They discussed their experiences of working and learning so far.


Steve Evans, technical production manager

Studying technical production helped Steve Evans to build a successful career both freelance and for high-profile theatres. He discusses his journey and reveals what theatre technicians have in common with ninjas.


Jonathan Man, director

After studying for a physics degree, Jonathan Man realised his passion lay in theatre. He got involved in amateur dramatics whilst teaching English in Japan, and now works as a theatre director.


Tim Porter, creative producer intern

Tim had a wealth of experience as a director, writer and editor before he took on the role of creative producer intern at Project Phakama. He talks about getting trained up in backstage arts and offers advice for people who want to work their way into an arts career.


Annie Rigby, resident director

Annie Rigby is resident director at Northern Stage. After studying English, she spent time temping in an arts centre finance department before getting her big break.


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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.


Andrew Loretto, creative producer

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


Cruze Foggo, apprentice scenic metalworker

Cruze started out studying a technical theatre course and working part time with metal in his family's business. After college, he was able to combine his love of theatre and metalwork by doing an apprenticeship as a scenic metalworker with The Royal Opera House.


JD Hawksley, audio visual technician

JD, from Manchester, has worked as a technician since he was 21. He has no formal tech qualifications but has built up a wealth of experience.


Amy Bonsall, assistant director

Amy Bonsall studied for a postgraduate degree in theatre directing. She now freelances in the profession.


Live events and promotion apprentices

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.


“I wake up in the morning wanting to go to work and I know that so many people my age are not enjoying what they do.

Working in creative internships and apprenticeships

DanceEast, based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, is part of the Suffolk County Council Creative Employment Programme consortium. We met up with two apprentices and a marketing officer – who started as a paid intern – to talk about their experiences in the workplace so far.


Jo Davies, production coordinator

Jo Davies became interested in the backstage aspect of the theatre when she was a small child from watching pantomimes with her dad and brother. She explains her career journey, her role as production coordinator for Wales Millennium Centre and offers tips for getting into theatre. Jo won the Theatre Skills Award 2016 alongside Martin Hunt.


Inka Romani, programming intern

Inka works as a programming intern at Sadler's Wells in a role which is part-funded by the Creative Employment Programme. So what exactly does programming involve and what skills can you learn? This Is It! spoke to her to find out.


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