Have you booked your place for TheatreCraft 2015, a free-to-attend careers fair for anyone aged 16 – 25 who’s looking at careers in backstage in theatre? It’s being held at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden on Friday 20th November, it’s tenth inspirational career guidance event since the initiative launched in 2003.
The TheatreCraft careers event is for anyone looking for a non-performance career in theatre. From directing to stage management, producing to marketing, lighting to design, TheatreCraft is the place to be, for a fun and unique glimpse into the ‘behind the scenes’ world of theatre.
Attendees take part in workshops led by theatre professionals and explore the vibrant marketplace of exhibiting theatres and organisations, join in at the Ask the Experts zone for one-to-one advice and interact with peers in the networking hubs.
More than 1,200 people attended TheatreCraft last year taking part in over 70 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals and engaging with 55 theatres and organisations in the marketplace, making it the most successful event to date.
Speaking at last year’s event TheatreCraft, Ambassador Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre said,
“I truly believe theatre in its wider sense has something in it for absolutely everyone and TheatreCraft will allow you to explore this. Today is an amazing opportunity to come together and learn about your future. Theatre is all about people and their shared experiences. British theatre needs you.”
If you’re interested in working backstage in theatre, don’t forget to check out next month’s Moving On magazine – there is an in-depth interview with a scenic carpenter who works at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and an article on Allan Edwards, who has worked as a props maker at the National Theatre for 15 years.
TheatreCraft is organised by a group of committed partners from across the creative and cultural industries who run the event including the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, the Royal Opera House, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the Society of London Theatre and Creative & Cultural Skills.
By Kate Newton