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What employers are looking for in technical staff

Working in technical theatre and live events is fun, fast-paced and rewarding. If you're curious about careers in this area, there's good news: we need more skilled technicians in lighting, sound and stage, and available routes in are changing for the better. Here are 4 things employers in the industry are actually looking for.


Maya organises the event, liaises with performers, finds sound equipment, and makes sure everything is going to work.

Running a creative event

Maya Levy is an actor, singer-songwriter and pianist. She is also artistic director of the Open Arts Café evenings, where artists present original work to a supportive audience.


Ensemble 360. Photography by Benjamin Ealovega

Being a clarinettist

Matthew Hunt is a clarinettist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Ensemble 360, a Sheffield-based chamber group. He spoke about how he developed his career as a professional musician.


John Armitage has toured with hundreds of music bands.

Guitar technician

"Deptford John" Armitage has worked as a guitar technician for a variety of big-name music acts. He spoke to Creative Choices about his career in music, and why he enjoys working backstage.


Simon Lovelace founded CrewClass in an effort to provide greater access to backstage training.

Getting into backstage work

Simon Lovelace, founder of technical crew training company Crewclass, has seven tips for finding backstage technical work.


Theatre education practitioner

Alice Barclay is a Globe Education Practitioner. She spoke about her role at the theatre, her career journey so far and gives three tips for others looking to get into the industry.


Stage lighting certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ set-up and should be tailored to your performance genre.

Light up the stage with 4 basic principles

Between rigs, fresnels and gobos, stage lighting can seem endlessly complex to those of us starting out. We’d be lying if we said it was simple, but that doesn’t mean you need ‘expert’ status in order to effectively light a dramatic scene or performance.


The Barbican offers a number of internship placements in a variety of departments. © Barbican Centre, London

Finding work in the arts

Xander Hough is a Human Resources Advisor at the Barbican Centre, working to support recruitment and internships. He gave advice on how to find employment in an arts centre.


Marcus Davey is Chief Executive of the Roundhouse. Photo by Steffan Hill.

Concerts and arts management

Since he was a teenager, Marcus Davey has enjoyed 'putting on concerts, making things happen.' This passion has led him to become Arts Manager for Dartington Hall Trust and Chief Executive of the Roundhouse.


Dan Howson, center, is a Business Development Director at live events company, sevens7.

Getting into live events

sevens7 are a live events company, specialising in event management, show production, tour support, event IT and brand activation. They’ve worked everything from large-scale summer festivals to the Diamond Jubilee.


Mark Gurney, Music4all, Brixton.

Marketing your band online

Bands and musicians need to market themselves, but creating an online fan base can be time-consuming. Start with these five simple stages to online marketing.


Scottish music producers Tigerstyle, Raj and Pops. Photo: Manik Singh

Helping young music producers

Scottish music producers Tigerstyle talk about their course where young people learn basic music production skills, and why living in Glasgow makes them better artists.


Britten Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra ensemble based in Cambridge, UK.

Leading a chamber orchestra

Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra is known for its adventurous approach to programming. Challenging perceptions of classical music, the ensemble has risen over the past decade to become one of the UK's top chamber orchestras.


Andrew Simper writes 'plug-ins' for music-composition software.

Writing music software

Andrew Simper's admirers include Steve Duda, of the Nine Inch Nails and dance act Deadmau5, but he's not a performing musician. He writes the music software that these producers use to create hits.


Riz Ahmed, musician and actor

Riz Ahmed has built a creative career as an actor, rapper and writer. With leading roles in The Road to Guantanamo and Four Lions, and the musical alter-ego 'Riz MC', he spoke about pursuing multiple creative interests.


ENO offers a variety of work placements across its departments. (credit: Grant Smith)

Gaining skills through work

Thinking about applying for a job or work experience in the arts? Cynthia Fordham, Personnel Manager of English National Opera, spoke about the skills and qualities required.


Design internships helped Rhiannon gain industry experience after university.

Making an internship work

Rhiannon Jones is a graphic designer working for Warner Music Group. She spoke about how a 3 month internship led to a permanent job in the music industry.


Live music is an essential element to musical theatre. Images: Britten Sinfonia

A musician in musical theatre

Live music is a key part of musical theatre. But tighter budgets can mean reduced band sizes, or even the automation of music altogether. 3 tips for breaking into musical theatre:


Artichoke is a creative company that works on large-scale outdoor events, like the 'Sultan's Elephant'.

Producing art events

Hannah Standen is an Associate Producer for Artichoke, a creative company that stages arts spectacles and live events. She talks about working with Antony Gormley's ‘One And Other’ artwork, and how she became interested in producing art events.


Rob Stuart and Billy Grant co-founded independent recording label 2Point9.

Making independent music

Music mangers Billy Grant and Rob Stuart founded recording label 2Point9, and later Jayded Entertainment Ltd. They’re responsible for the internationally successful artist Jay Sean, who recently had a number one single in America.


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