Theatre


Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr

Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr, Canolfan Gelfyddydau Llantarnam Grange.


Hannahs latest event is the Space Hopper Challenge!

Hannah Fiddy, flashmob producer

Hannah's organising of flashmobs started out as a hobby but due to the events popularity, it soon became her full time job! She explains how flashmobs can range from silent discos to wedding proposals and offers 3 top tips to anyone wanting to get into flashmobbing!


Sheree Vickers, artistic director

Sheree works for Savvy Theatre Company, actively promoting inclusion and diversity in the arts and creating community-based theatre projects that can involve everyone. To recognise her work, Sheree was jointly awarded the 2017 Creative Choices Award.


Rose Durbin, front-of-house engineer

Rose Durbin is a front-of-house engineer, responsible for running the sound mixdesk at live concerts.


Phil Gee, Royal Opera House admin support intern

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.


Arts and culture interns

Steff Wills, Hayley Wayre, Natasha O’Dowd and Lizzie Minchener are paid interns for arts organisations in the Create Gloucestershire network. We asked them what they do as part of their internships in areas such as project management, fundraising and marketing.


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.


“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.


Alexys Becerra, make-up artist

Hair and make-up specialist Alexys Becerra has helped create zombies for Thorpe Park and Circus of Horrors.


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.


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.


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.


Sarah Stephenson, youth theatre director

Sarah Stephenson is Nottingham Playhouse's Youth Theatre Director. Her work involves running workshops and finding ways to engage students with theatre.


Ed Cooper, electrician

Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.


Kate Unwin, set and costume designer

Kate Unwin is a freelance set and costume designer. Her work is split between home, where she designs, and the theatres where her designs are built.


Nuala Campbell, make-up artist

Nualla is a professional freelance make-up artist based in Northern Ireland, but working internationally. She has been involved in many screen productions, such as the Universal Pictures film Dracula Untold. She has worked at both Belfast and London Fashion Week.


Gemma Martin, front-of-house and marketing assistant

Gemma Martin is a front-of-house and marketing apprentice at Chapter Arts Centre.


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.


Gabrielle Giffard, office and front of house

Gabrielle works as the office manager and front of house coordinator at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, with the company Live Nation. She explains her role and how she got into the live music sector with a venue apprenticeship.


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.


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