Theatre


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.


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.


Emily Charles, creative apprentice

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


Zoe Jones, circus performer

Former gymnast Zoe Jones studied at London's Circus Space, working other jobs to pay the bills in between performing opportunities.


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.


Angharad Lee, Freelance Director Creative Agent

Angharad Lee, Freelance Director, Creative Agent with Arts Council Wales, Artistic Director of Leeway Productions and Lecturer at Trinity St David.


Simon Lovelace, technical manager

Simon runs Crew Class training courses, which provide training and advice to people entering the events and entertainment industry.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ryan Tyler-Smith, theatre manager

Ryan Tyler-Smith is front-of-house manager for South-East London's Greenwich Theatre.


Holly Barradell, development manager

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


Emrys Green, arts consultant

Emrys Green is a freelance arts consultant and company director, working with major organisations on arts strategy development.


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.


Gemma Martin, front-of-house and marketing assistant

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


Peter Moody, voice coach

While working in telesales, Peter discovered an interest in how people used their voices. He is now an established voice coach.


Julian Bryant, technical theatre lecturer

Julian Bryant teaches technical theatre. He has also worked as a stage manager and actor.


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