The UK’s first theatre careers resource, ‘Get Into Theatre’
The Stage, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre join forces to break down barriers to a career in theatre.
Founded on the belief that all young people should have the same opportunity to pursue a career in theatre, the website removes barriers by providing an accessible and practical advice resource for young people and careers advisors.
In 2016 a report commissioned by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, found that one of the main issues preventing young people from BAME and lower-income backgrounds from pursuing a career in theatre was the lack of information about the on and off-stage career opportunities, support and experiences that the theatre industry offers. 'Get Into Theatre' will directly combat the lack of diversity, training and awareness of routes into the industry that has resulted in its misconception as a high-risk career choice.
Working to combat these issues, 'Get Into Theatre' will place a particular emphasis on supporting underprivileged young people, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds, who are less likely to have a personal industry contact to help them navigate their career path.
Cassandra Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre, Society of London Theatre said, "We must invest in and value our off-stage workforce now if it is to continue to thrive in the future. 'Get Into Theatre' will give all young people considering a career in theatre the clear and practical advice they need, and help theatre to attract a more diverse range of people to the industry - improving our relevance, and our resilience, in the long term."