51 Job profiles in total for Theatre

Many actors specialise in theatre work, but within theatre there are lots of types of work.


Actors bring characters to life on stage with their performances, using speech, movement and expression to act a script or improvise their roles.

As an actors' agent, you need to be able to work with a wide range of people.

Actors’ agent

Agents are often the first point of contact for anyone looking to hire actors. Few actors work without the support of an agent.

You will need to be very well-organised and to be someone who enjoys working with computers to manage data and prepare documents. Photo: Hol


Administrators deal with customers, run offices, and take care of the day-to-day running of a jewellery business.

Working to represent performers and individuals.


Agents in theatre & dance, film and television work to represent performers and individuals. Agents can also supply artists for corporate and private events. Their clients may include actors, singers, dancers or supporting artists.

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It is the artistic director's responsibility to take the theatre in a direction that people will want to engage with.

Artistic director

The artistic director makes sure their theatre is putting on the kind of shows that fit with the artistic aims of the organisation.

As a successful arts journalist, you would be invited to press nights of many shows. - See more at:

Arts journalist

Every show hopes for good reviews. Journalists get the word out about the show to the public. They make sure people know what shows are on offer and what is happening in the world of theatre.

Backstage crew need to be able to unload scenery, maintain and repair the 'flying' equipment and scenery.

Backstage crew

Building sets, helping create props and operating equipment, the backstage crew support the designers and performers with the running of the show.

Working in cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

Box office staff

Box office staff work in cinemas, theatres and concert halls. They are responsible for taking bookings and payments for tickets. Box office staff also arrange for group visits and discounts. They may also advise on seating for people with disabilities or special needs.

Kes Hayfer and Simeon Tachev,	carpenters at Shakespeare Globe Theatre.


Carpenters and joiners in the theatre & dance sector and crafts sector work with wood. They work in theatres or in workshops. In the theatre & dance sector, they specifically make, fit or repair scenery and props that are part of a play or show.

Get experience of as many different types of dance as possible.


Choreographers create routines and movement sequences for singers and musicians to perform.

Andrés Spanó, clown

Circus performer

Circus performers work to entertain a live audience. They work for traditional touring circuses, at festivals and outdoor events. Increasingly circus performers are involved in staged musical performances in theatres and other arts venues.

As a designer, you might work with a team of people in the wardrobe department.

Costume designer

The costume designer is responsible for designing all the costumes to be worn in a production. This can involve a mix of designing from scratch, and sourcing existing items of clothing.

Dance teachers educate and instruct dance.

Dance teacher

Dance teachers educate and instruct on different forms of dance. They work with individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to help them learn dance practices.

Benjamin Cook and Peta Cook, swing dancers, Swingcopation.


Dance is a term for describing ways of using the body to tell stories, interpret music and express emotion. Some dance forms require an intense training starting from an early age; others can be learned later.

Your job is to encourage performers to develop the ability to speak in different accents and dialects with confidence.

Dialect coach

Dialect coaches or voice coaches work with actors to develop and improve their vocal technique, and help them adopt convincing character accents.

The director comes up with the 'vision' for a production.


Theatre directors take responsibility for the overall creative production of plays.

An interest in drama and literature is important for a dramaturg.


A dramaturg is a theatre practitioner who focuses on how to convey the particular message the director wants to highlight.

Douglas Carstairs, tour guide.

Education staff

Arts education staff in the creative industries support teachers and development workers in cultural venues. They work in art centres, galleries, theatres and other venues to provide an educational experience. They may work with individual children or visitors, small groups or a whole class.

Clive Selwyn, musician and performer


Entertainers perform for the enjoyment for crowds or groups of people at a function.

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