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 set up Brighton's famous, and sadly now closed, Zap Club. The former drama teacher specialises in running outdoor festivals and events.
Emily Charles is a creative apprentice for a contemporary theatre organisation.
Former gymnast Zoe Jones studied at London's Circus Space, working other jobs to pay the bills in between performing opportunities.
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 with Arts Council Wales, Artistic Director of Leeway Productions and Lecturer at Trinity St David.
Simon runs Crew Class training courses, which provide training and advice to people entering the events and entertainment industry.
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 has worked in arts education at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and aims to go freelance as an arts education consultant.
Bob Christer designs and runs workshops with educational theatre company Speakeasy. He believes the key to getting into theatre is volunteering.
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.
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 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 is front-of-house manager for South-East London's Greenwich Theatre.
Holly is in charge of developing drama and drama teaching at Trinity College London.
Emrys Green is a freelance arts consultant and company director, working with major organisations on arts strategy development.
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 is a front-of-house and marketing apprentice at Chapter Arts Centre.
While working in telesales, Peter discovered an interest in how people used their voices. He is now an established voice coach.
Julian Bryant teaches technical theatre. He has also worked as a stage manager and actor.
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