Production


37 Industry insights in total for Production


Bev Adams is Artistic Director and CEO of Faceless.

Surviving the funding squeeze

Bev Adams is Artistic Director and CEO of Faceless, a professional arts organisation working to create access to the arts. She spoke to us about setting up Faceless, and her thoughts on the reduction of public spending.


Simon Fraulo is Lighting Operations Manager at the National Theatre.

Lighting operations in theatre

Simon Fraulo is a theatre lighting expert. He has seen big changes in technical theatre training and jobs over the years.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre.

Sound and video technician

Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre. He spoke to Creative Choices about a creative career that requires both theoretical education and practical experience.


Dan Howson, center, is a Business Development Director at live events company, sevens7.

Getting into live events

sevens7 are a live events company, specialising in event management, show production, tour support, event IT and brand activation. They’ve worked everything from large-scale summer festivals to the Diamond Jubilee.


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.


'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.


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.


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

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.


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.


Casting directors have only become a big part of acting over the last twenty years.

Casting director for theatre

Stuart Burt is associate casting director at The Ambassador Theatre Group, one of the UK’s leading West End theatre producers.


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.


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.


Pauline Brandt is an audio describer in theatre.

Audio description for theatre

Theatre audio describer Pauline Brandt discusses working backstage in 'a cross between poetry and live broadcast'.


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.


Tai couldn't find a group of actors to perform improvisations, so he started one.

How to start a theatre group

Tai Ling is the acting Artistic Director for the Improsarios, a theatre group who specialise in creating improvised plays. He spoke about starting up a theatrical enterprise.


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.


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