Can I switch to a theatre-based career?
I am a frustrated 30-something looking for a change of direction in my life. I currently work with children as a playworker, which I love. I also work part-time front of house at the local theatre. I have a degree in Childhood and Youth, a background in care and I am a qualified massage therapist. But there is something about the theatre that speaks to me. I loved drama and performing in school plays as a child but was discouraged as my mother felt that I was "too shy" (to the contrary I think it could have been a huge asset to me, but there you are). I love the magic and the cameraderie of theatre. I love the emotion and the escape. Above all else I love being around interesting, creative, dynamic people. I think I want to move towards something more theatre-based as a career but I am at a loss for what or how.
My current skills and qualifications do not appear to purtain to much that would be relevant to any creative career. I also wonder how location-dependent many jobs would be. For example, my little local theatre does not have a creative team in any capacity - that is all brought along as part of the productions. So to be part of that, I am guessing it would require to be in London or some other major city.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions for how I might be able to switch to a theatre-based career from where I am now, what might suit me and if there is any way around the location-dependency, short of moving to London? Thanks so much.