Theatre


Jonathan Roberts, technical manager

Jonathan started out in performance but worked his way up into a technical career. He has worked for festivals, the 2012 Olympic Games and live events venues.


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.


Emrys Green, arts consultant

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


Jack Homer, technical arts student

As a student at South Essex College, Jack developed a passion for technical development and helping his fellow students. He is a shining example of how much a young person can achieve if supported and empowered and in 2016 was the winner of the Creative Choices Award.


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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.


Anna Setchell, deputy technical manager

Anna worked her way up to being a deputy technical manager through being a stage manager with touring shows. She outlines her career journey and offers 3 top tips for getting into this area of backstage work.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Chris Harris, head of lighting

Chris Harris developed a passion for technical theatre.


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.


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