Theatre


101 Industry insights in total for Theatre


Shazia Mirza took several years to support herself through comedy.

Shazia Mirza, stand-up comic

Comedian Shazia Mirza offers advice for aspiring performers.


Nick Brice is Director of White Room Theatre.

Short plays for new writers

Nick Brice is Director of White Room Theatre. He is pushing the art form of the ten-minute play at the Fringe. He told Creative Choices how he came up with the idea and how it can help new playwrights get exposure.


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.


'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.


Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre.

Theatre production manager

Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre. She describes the theatre production process and the role of production manager.


Because street theatre is so visual, costumes are very important.

Performing street theatre

Jacqui Papay is a senior performer with the internationally-renowned Natural Theatre Company in Bath. She performs visually engaging comic scenarios in a wide range of outdoor venues, UK and abroad.


I teach songs, arrange vocal harmonies, conduct cast and band for a musical.

A musical director career

Philip Bateman is a musical director and singing coach. He has worked on West End shows like Billy Elliot and Our House. He spoke about how he built his career in musical theatre.


Theatre companies are exploring pervasive media

Pervasive media

Katie Day spoke to Creative Choices about pervasive media, the current climate for public funding and the arts, and what she'll bring back from her Peach Placement.


Jeremy Walker, is an assistant project manager and Tracy Gentles is a performance projects manager at Fuel Theatre

Project-managing theatre

Jeremy Walker, an assistant project manager and Tracy Gentles, a performance projects manager, talk about starting their careers behind the scenes.


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.


Wind Shadow performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Photo by LIU Chen-hsiang.

Admin producer at The Barbican

Malin Forbes works for Barbican International Theatre Events (BITE). When first trying to break into theatre, she spent two years living hand-to-mouth.


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

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.


Jude Kelly is the artistic director of the Southbank (photo credit Matt Faber PA)

Jude Kelly, Southbank

The career of Jude Kelly has spanned over thirty years. Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Southbank, she has become one of the most respected figures in the British arts scene.


Rhiannon Ellis is the Learning & Community Engagement Manager for Theatre Royal Wakefield.

Find your creative calling

Rhiannon Ellis began her creative career as a theatre director, and is now Learning & Community Engagement Manager for Theatre Royal Wakefield. She spoke to Creative Choices about how she changed her career to work with people and communities.


Celeste has studied for three qualifications in opera and performance. But she isn’t sure she’d recommend opera singing as a career.

International opera singer

Celeste Lazarenko is a successful opera singer. She’s sung roles in a Philip Glass opera and for the English National Opera. She’s performed in Hong Kong, across Europe and in her home country of Australia.


Augustina Seymour is an actress with a lot of experience of tours abroad.

Advice for touring actors

Actors go where the work is. Whether theatrical tours or shooting on location, acting is a job that often takes you away from home. Working away can be tough, and it's worth knowing what to expect.


Some of Charlie's works include award-winning sketch group 'Lady Garden'.

A comedy producer’s career

Charlie Hanson is an award-winning comedy producer whose work includes Birds of a Feather, Desmonds, The Harry Hill Show and Extras. He spoke about following a career in production.


Claire Cunningham uses her upper-body strength for her performance.

Getting skills for performance

Performer Claire Cunningham describes how using crutches gave her the physical abilities to create a career in dance.


The Little Mermaid was one of The Rep's theatre productions.

Lighting up the stage

Lighting technicians set up and operate lighting equipment during theatre productions. Both creative and technical, they can use lights to achieve a variety of effects to dramatically alter the mood and shape of a performance.


A newly visible, richer, skilled workforce.

Beyond Participation

Open Theatre is based in Coventry and works right across the West Midlands region as well as nationally and internationally. It has been developing work with young people with learning disabilities through non-verbal physical theatre for over 30 years. Partnership Manager for the Midlands, Ruth Richardson, spoke to company director Richard Hayhow, to find out more about their work and how they employ young creatives.


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