13 Job profiles in total for Performance

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.

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.

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.

Clive Selwyn, musician and performer


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

Cheryl Brown,	puppet maker.


Puppeteers animate and manipulate puppets as part of a theatre, television or film production. Puppetry is a performing art used to entertain adults or children.

Junior Alli, sound technician.

Sound technician

Sound technicians ensure that the best sound possible is available in a variety of venues for performances. They prepare, operate and maintain technical equipment to amplify, enhance, mix or reproduce sound. They work in recording studios, films, radio and television programmes (on set or location) and live performances, including theatre, music and dance.

Special effects

Special effects and pyrotechnics staff are responsible for special effects and pyrotechnics required as part of a production. In some shows, for example using magic, special effects may be an integral part of an act.

David Hardcastle, stand-up comedian.

Stand-up comedian

A stand-up comedian performs a humorous solo act in front of live audiences in clubs, pubs, theatres and a range of other venues. They might perform on cruise liners, at holiday resorts and for private and corporate events. Highly successful stand-up comics may be filmed for television broadcasts or become part of radio programmes.

Benjamin Cook and Peta Cook, swing dancers from Swingcopation.

Street theatre performer

Street theatre performers provide live performances and installation in a variety of outdoor settings including:

Teacher (arts)

Arts teachers educate people taking part in performing, visual and literary arts. Coaches, tutors and teachers motivate people and help them achieve their goals. They help people learn the skills they need to perform to the best of their ability in a specific area. They also advise performers and artists on how to further improve their performance or art.

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