Heather is a technician at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, Scotland. From scenery to lighting and sound, she is part of a team that makes sure live performances go technically to plan.
Costume designer Mona Kastell specialises in costume for street arts and circus companies.
Amy Bonsall studied for a postgraduate degree in theatre directing. She now freelances in the profession.
While working in telesales, Peter discovered an interest in how people used their voices. He is now an established voice coach.
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.
Angharad Lee, Freelance Director, Creative Agent with Arts Council Wales, Artistic Director of Leeway Productions and Lecturer at Trinity St David.
Chris studied lighting design. Now he makes sure the light shines favourably on West End musical Billy Elliot.
What does a community arts apprentice do? We heard from apprentices employed through the Creative Employment Programme, starting with Simone Gayle from The Albany in London.
Bob Christer designs and runs workshops with educational theatre company Speakeasy. He believes the key to getting into theatre is volunteering.
Liz is a freelance make-up and hair designer. She has worked on film and television productions in Northern Ireland, Ireland and in England, such as City of Ember, Killing Bono and Game of Thrones.
Gemma Martin is a front-of-house and marketing apprentice at Chapter Arts Centre.
Kevin Neville is a scenic engineer for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Previously, he trained in agricultural engineering and blacksmithing.
From school assemblies to the 2012 Olympics, Miles has been working his way up in a backstage career since he was 15. He talked to us about his journey and gave some top tips for working backstage.
Bethany is a freelance make-up artist at the beginning of her career. She explains the highs and lows of her job so far and how others can get started.
Tim Marston is a fire performer. With his company, Juggling Inferno, he performs at events all over the UK and worldwide.
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.
Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.
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.
After playing bass in a rock band, Naomi Gibbs now works as a costume designer.
Steve Cheney has managed the main stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Big Chill and Leeds festivals.
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