Theatre


99 Industry insights in total for Theatre


Becoming a technical manager

 1 July 2016

Rob Lloyd's journey into technical management started with him doing "bottom of the pile" work in theatre, but evolved into roles with much greater responsibility as he rapidly gained new skills. He eventually sidestepped into the music industry. Read more about his career.


What employers are looking for in technical staff

 5 May 2016

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.


5 practical tips for an aspiring actor

 19 April 2016

Don’t gamble with your career. The acting profession is hugely competitive, but there are ways to give yourself a better chance of success – and it’s not only down to your acting ability.


How to work in costume for screen

 28 January 2015

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.


Interning in the arts

 14 November 2014

Amy Powell is an intern at Unlimited, a programme delivered by Shape and Artsadmin that celebrates the work of disabled artists. In this video she discusses how the internship has opened her eyes to the value of the arts and reflects on what it means to be part of a workplace.


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

 19 June 2014

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.


An associate lighting designer

 4 May 2014

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.


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7 tips for drama auditions

 3 February 2014

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.


Sayan Kent's play 'Another Paradise' was staged by Kali Theatre and taken to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Image: Kali Theatre

Taking a play to the Fringe

 29 August 2013

Sayan Kent describes how Kali Theatre Company helped bring her play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the support they provide for Asian women playwrights.


How to build skills for acting

 31 July 2013

How do you use the Meisner Technique in acting? Head Tutor at The Actors' Temple, Tom Radcliffe, introduces the key teachings to help actors enhance their creativity.


Hackney WickED allows local artists to show their work alongside international names.

Directing an art festival

 25 July 2013

How do you end up running a festival? Anna Maloney talks about her journey, from working on Liverpool 08 to unveiling Hackney's art scene for the Hackney WickED Art Festival.


Every year Streetwise Opera creates live performances, films and workshops with people who have been homeless. (Image: Streetwise Opera)

Running Streetwise Opera

 17 July 2013

Can music help disadvantaged people move forward with their lives? Matt Peacock is CEO of Streetwise Opera, who work with people who have experienced homelessness. He shared 5 tips for starting your own social enterprise.


Director of an acting studio

 3 July 2013

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.


Working in voiceover

 20 June 2013

Guy Harris is a UK-based voiceover artist who has been a voice for Apple adverts and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. He shares his insights into the voiceover industry and how to get involved.


Let the casting director see a clear difference between you and the character you have evolved into. (Image: Suraya Jina and Mansoor Mir)

3 stages of an audition

 20 May 2013

Starting out as an actor? Martha Shephard of To Be Seen, an online audition resource for actors, discusses how to get the part and avoid common audition mistakes.


The world of theatre contains a very wide range of careers aside from acting. (Image: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Getting started with theatre

 20 May 2013

Susan Elkin is the author of 'So You Want To Work In Theatre?’ – a guide for young people who want to work in the theatre world. She shared five pieces of advice about careers in theatre.


Alison has worked with deaf and hard of hearing theatre practitioners to develop a series of signs for technical theatre terminology.

Sign language for theatre

 8 May 2013

Alison Pottinger became interested in signing for theatre after stage managing a signed performance. She spoke about the skills it requires, and the opportunities signing opens up for performers and audiences.


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

Working in theatre education

 1 May 2013

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.


Nina Kristofferson, who starred as Billie Holiday in 'I Cover The Waterfront', has since returned to the role in other productions.

7 steps for producing a play

 24 April 2013

When Troy Fairclough and his sister-in-law decided to stage a one-woman show about jazz legend Billie Holiday, there were challenges to face, along with a tight budget. He recalled the process.


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

Finding your performance niche

 17 March 2013

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.


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