Theatre


Corina peforms, creates and runs workshops with puppets.

Being a puppeteer

Corina Bona is a multi-talented puppeteer, whose career is a successful blend of performance, bespoke puppet-making and workshop facilitation. She spoke about a career in puppetry.


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.


Guy Oliver Watts is a professional actor who started his career as a musician.

Dealing with illness on stage

It’s one of the nightmares for many actors: you’re due on stage for a big opening night, but you fall ill. How are you going to get through the show?


Dawn Thomas-Mondo has built up a collection of thousands of costumes

Running a costume business

Dawn Thomas-Mondo runs Marigold Costumes in Cardiff, the largest company of its kind in Wales. She told us about how she got started, and running her creative business.


Working in voiceover

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Anna is a director, playwright and acting tutor. She is Artistic Director of Without a Paddle Theatre.

How to master a monologue

When it's time for that acting audition, do you have your monologue prepared? Anna Jordan, director, playwright and acting tutor, offers 5 pieces of advice for mastering monologues.


Arran began his career with amateur operatic society shows. Currently, he is is one of the understudies for Bernadette in 'Priscilla'

Self-taught musical theatre

Phillip Arran has performed in the West End musical ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'. Though he lacked professional training, his love of the stage and dedication brought success.


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

Running Streetwise Opera

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.


Louise Rogers runs 'C Venues', one of the largest Fringe venues in Edinburgh.

Running a Fringe venue

Louise Rogers runs 'C Venues', one of the largest Fringe venues in Edinburgh. She describes her work, and explains how volunteers can develop their interests in the creative industries.


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.


Following a BA Music degree, Isabel Murphy got involved in English National Opera and then moved to the Welsh National Opera. Image: WNO, Ne

Working in opera management

Isabel Murphy used her passion for opera after university to help artists, members and staff prepare for tours. She spoke about her career and how she shaped Welsh National Opera's artistic direction.


Diane Prentice is Deputy Technical Head of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Getting into backstage theatre

Diane Prentice, of the Wales Millennium Centre, spoke about how she got into technical theatre. Two of her Creative Apprentices described their new pathways into backstage work.


Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles to provide extra income. Image: Diego Andres Spano, clown.

7 tips for performance careers

Working in performance does not always provide a constant income. Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles and should always consider sources of future income.


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.


Despite advances in theatre technology, brushes and a basic spray gun remain tools of choice for a scenic artist.

Theatre scenic artist

Scenic artists are responsible for painting sets, scenery backdrops and large props, bringing colour to a theatre production. Leila Kalbassi is the Design Assistant/Scenic Artist for the Dundee Repertory Theatre.


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.


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