Theatre


100 Industry insights in total for Theatre


Steve Mayo is the head of sound for Barbican Theatres.

Working as a sound designer

Steve Mayo is the Head of Sound for Barbican Theatres. He spoke about how he got the training and experience to build his career in theatre, and how he keeps the passion for his work.


'Kursk' is a play inspired by the doomed Russian submarine.

Theatre careers: cast and crew

'Kursk' is a play inspired by the doomed Russian submarine. The cast and crew of the show spoke to Creative Choices about their unusual paths into a theatre career.


Working as a fire performer

A former electrician, fire performer Tim Marston developed his act and launched his business, Juggling Inferno, from scratch. He spoke about his career and shared 5 tips for freelance performers.


Antony is still very involved in the props workshop. Photo credit Pete Le May

A career in theatre props

Antony Barnett is Head of Props at the Royal Opera House. Hired in the mid-1980s as a prop maker, his role has become more managerial in recent years.


An associate lighting designer

Dan Large's career in lighting has seen him travel the world, working with famous actors and directors. He illuminates his career journey and gives top tips for working in the lighting industry.


Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, delivering his hip-hop in a comedic way.

Finding your performance niche

Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, a steampunk and 'chap hop' performer. He describes leaving full-time work to pursue his creative career, with advice for performers on developing a niche.


Geoff Colman is Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Head of Acting, drama school

Geoff Colman has been Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama in London for eleven years. He has taught in both higher education and conservatoire contexts, and has worked as a freelance director in theatre and opera.


Felix D was Company Stage Manager for Around the World in Eighty Days at The Theatre Royal Bath.

From actor to stage manager

Currently the Deputy Stage Manager (DSM) for a new play heading for the West End, Felix D didn't take the usual road into theatre stage management. He originally planned to be an actor.


After learning the record aged 7, Arun soon discovered the clarinet. Photo: William Ellis

Earning a living from jazz

After discovering the recorder at school, Arun Ghosh became a jazz clarinettist, theatre composer, and music teacher. He spoke about his career, and the challenge of earning a living from several jobs.


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.


In 2012, Bruno won the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Working as a lighting designer

Bruno Poet is an award-winning lighting designer who has worked extensively with theatre and opera companies all over the world.


Director of an acting studio

Bruce Alexander’s long acting career saw him star in theatre, film and TV productions, including Neighbours and SeaChange. He discusses giving up the spotlight to teach at Melbourne Acting Studio.


Young people with special needs are offered a route in to the theatre experience. (Image: Alex Rumford)

Working in theatre education

Susan Whiddington is the Director of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, which helps young people to access and engage with live theatre. She talks about the programmes she runs, as well as how she got into a career in theatre education.


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.


Candoco is the UK's first professional dance company that integrates disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company started in 1991 as a series of workshops and developed into the UK's first professional dance company that integrated disabled and non-disabled dancers.


Matt Selby is a casting director with Belinda Norcliffe Casting, one of London’s busiest casting agencies

How to prepare for auditions

Matt Selby is a casting director with Belinda Norcliffe Casting. He has advice on how to prepare for commercial auditions, with five quick tips to take away.


Jess Manley is an agent with Damn Good Voices.

Being a voiceover agent

Jess Manley is an agent with Damn Good Voices, an agency that offers voiceover representation to actors and broadcasters. Finding voice work for others is an interesting challenge.


How to work in costume for screen

Gayle Playford is a costume workroom manager and head costume cutter for period drama on TV. Her work has been featured in the BBC Two adaptation of Wolf Hall, among many other screen productions. Here she offers six pieces of advice for a career in costume for screen.


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 Excellent Audition Guide' is available from Nick Hern Books.

7 tips for drama auditions

Auditioning for drama school can be a nerve-wracking experience. Andy Johnson is an actor, a director, and the author of 'The Excellent Audition Guide'. He shared 7 tips for engaging an audition panel, and keeping yourself engaged too.


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