Theatre


Alex Marker, set designer

Alex Marker designs sets for theatre productions. He discusses how to make them realistic spaces and represent the context of the play. He also shares his five tips for getting started in set design.


Toby Hinson, singing coach and performer

After getting a part in Grease, Toby launched a long career in musical theatre. He now teaches singing and still performs with a band.


Serina Apaloo-Gordon, education

Serina Apaloo is education projects manager at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre in London. Her first job in theatre developed from a fortnight's work placement.


Corina Bona, puppeteer

Corina Bona has designed puppets, costumes and sets for stage plays, tours and a children's TV pilot. Her first job was as set designer for a circus company.


Janthi Mills, education manager

Janthi Mills is community and education manager at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Editing her student newspaper helped her to make contacts in the world of theatre.


Steve Cheney, stage manager

Steve Cheney has managed the main stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Big Chill and Leeds festivals.


Leigh Johnstone, artistic director

As artistic director of Fluid Motion Theatre Company, Leigh Johnstone makes sure the theatre the company creates reflects its aims.


Creating a showreel was essential

Scherrikar Bell, actor

Scherrikar Bell didn't attend drama school, but has cultivated an acting career through training courses and on-the-job experience.


Christina Birt, head of creative learning

Christina has worked in arts education at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and aims to go freelance as an arts education consultant.


Steve Bamford, artist and scenic constructor

Steve builds and often designs scenery for theatre, film and television production companies. He has worked on films such as City of Ember and HBO’s Game of Thrones.


Di Spalding, scenic artist

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.


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.


Emily Charles, creative apprentice

Emily Charles is a creative apprentice for a contemporary theatre organisation.


Miri Birch, costume supervisor

Miri Birch studied design for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has now overseen the costuming of shows for a number of theatre companies.


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.


A newly visible, richer, skilled workforce.

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.


Jayne Lewis, creative director

Jayne Lewis is creative director for the award winning Unanima Theatre. She is also a teacher and playwright.


Luke Stubbins, Technical Theatre

Luke is a technical theatre apprentice working on lighting, rigging and sound at Birmingham Hippodrome.


Andrew Loretto, creative producer

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


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.


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