Theatre


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.


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.


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.


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.


Amy Vaughan spent six months at the Royal Academy in London on a Cultural Leadership Programme Peach Placement.

Learning about leadership

Amy Vaughan is Director of Operations at The Junction venue in Cambridge. She spent six months at the Royal Academy in London on a Cultural Leadership Programme Peach Placement to learn about leadership and arts organisation.


Being an Education Projects Coordinator

Hayley Murrow organises and delivers all the educational projects that happen at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. She explains more about her role and journey and offers tips for a creative theatre career.


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.


Chris Slann works and teaches at the Carnival Learning Centre on the Isle of Wight.

A career in carnival

Chris Slann, Sharon George and Helen Davenport work and teach at the Carnival Learning Centre on the Isle of Wight. They spoke to Creative Choices about the varied skills needed for a career working in carnival.


Chris Greenwood runs his own festival, Stop Making Sense in Croatia, and his own venue Bedroom Bar in London.

Working as a festival promoter

Chris Greenwood spoke about his career path from DJ to club promoter to marketing and running festivals.


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.


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.


Becoming a technical manager

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.


Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at the Royal Opera House

Building a costume career

Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at The Royal Opera House. She describes how she got into the industry, with advice for people wanting to get into costume careers.


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.


Derek Halligan is an actor whose credits include Harry's Game, Fifty Dead Men Walking, Hollyoaks.

A career in acting

Derek Halligan started his performing career as a touring singer with a band called Luigi Krum and the Kumbaks. He moved into theatre in the 1970s as has performed on stage, television and film.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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