The Backstage Centre

The Backstage Centre is a world-class training, production and rehearsal centre, situated in High House Production Park, Essex, alongside the Royal Opera House’s Production Workshop and Costume Centre.

Work-related learning

At The Backstage Centre we can offers tours, bespoke workshops and work opportunities covering all aspects of the curriculum. This allows students to develop the technical skills and expertise needed to support the fast-growing music, theatre and live events industries.

I will really miss The Backstage Centre. It opened my eyes to new creative jobs that I didn’t even know existed. (Adam Holdsworth, work experience student)

Working at The Backstage Centre offers young learners practical experience of working within a large-scale, industry standard venue.

Work experience

Our work experience programme offers young people in education a flexible experience of what work is like, before they make a formal commitment to a career. During the year The Backstage Centre will be offering placements in venue operations, arts administration and technical (stage).

We also work with our industry supporters to help support their work experience programmes and provide links to listings of work experience opportunities around the UK on our Creative Choices careers resource.

Ventura Soundhouse Productions

Based at The Backstage Centre, Ventura Soundhouse Productions offers the opportunity to record in one of the most advanced studios in the UK, with the expertise of a professional sound engineer. Bespoke programmes are on offer to help give you the skills to take forward your career in music.

Arts Award

The Backstage Centre and the National Skills Academy are proud to be an Arts Award supporter. Many of our Skills Academy activities are of interest to groups and individuals working towards all levels of Arts Award, from Discover through to Gold. We offer training for advisors at Discovery, Explore, Silver and Bronze levels, as well as support surgeries for those already delivering. Creative & Cultural Skills is the training agency for the South East and for Wales. 

For more information, email programme@ccskills.org.uk