What’s the best way to get work as a theatre practitioner?

Amanda needs advice on getting freelance work

I would really like your advice on getting work as a Drama Practitioner. When I was younger I always knew that I wanted to work in Theatre and Radio, I just wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do!

While I was studying acting I realised that I would really like to run my own theatre company and work as a drama practitioner (the man reason for this was that it would enable be to have a varied career!)

I have now set up my own stage school and I run after school drama clubs for several local schools (I would like to expand on this later to include adult classes, exams and productions).

I have also been involved in radio and am currently recording an intro for Heart Radio. However I would really like to work for theatres and theatre companies (touring as well) as a practitioner/freelancer. Are you aware of any companies that I could work for?

What's the best way to get work as a practitioner and freelancer?

Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

— Amanda Stimpson


Expert answers

Carl Woodward's reply:

Hello Amanda,

It sounds like you're involved in productive work. Where are you based? Do a 10-15 mile radius search of Theatre Companies/Arts Organisations and make informal contact requesting to shadow/assist on Projects, Youth Theatre sessions, Community Productions Etc.

You reap what you sow, as long as you show an unwavering commitment to the field, work hard, remain reliable & endure you will succeed. Assisting will afford you great experience whilst enabling you to harness you skills and meet new people in the industry.

Such opportunities will probable be voluntary but sometimes travel expenses are offered.

I hope this is of some help?

Kind regards

Carl Woodward


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