Theatre


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.


Seiso, Mpho, Letsebela and Wandile visited The Backstage Centre in Purfleet to help them learn best practice from other countries.

Technical production trainees in South Africa

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.


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.


Miles Baldwin, duty technician

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.


Jade Poole was presented with an Intern of the Year Award by Andrea De La Cruz from The Creative Society. (Image: James Fletcher)

Jade Poole, intern producer

Jade started out with Exim Dance Company on a paid internship as a producer, but within a year she was promoted all the way up to general manager. In 2015 she won the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award.


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.


Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr

Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr, Canolfan Gelfyddydau Llantarnam Grange.


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.


Rose Durbin, front-of-house engineer

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


(Image: interns, apprentices, graduate actors and placements at West Yorkshire Playhouse)

Beth Knight, fundraising and development apprentice

Beth is fundraising and development apprentice for West Yorkshire Playhouse. She discusses the skills she's picked up from the role and provides tips for working in theatre.


Anna Jordan, artistic director

Having originally trained as an actor, Anna Jordan is now artistic director of the Without A Paddle theatre company.


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.


Alexys Becerra, make-up artist

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


Steven Wilkins, production carpenter

Steven "Wilky" Wilkins started out as a technician and now freelances in production carpentry. He has both a forklift truck licence and a diploma in stage make-up.


Lynette Nixon, box office manager

Lynette Nixon manages the box office at Manchester's Oldham Coliseum theatre and live events venue.


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.


Making art isn't enough - you have to make sure its noticed

Hywel Pontin, Director

Hywel Pontin, Director, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre.


Liz Boston, make-up and hair designer

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.


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.


Eve Timothy, front of house apprentice

After studying an events course, Eve was employed as a front of house apprentice for a theatre and a music hall. She told us about what her apprenticeship involves and why she thinks front of house is a great starting point for a career in events and venue management.


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