Careers advice for non-performers at TheatreCraft

Sandra Giorgetti

This year's industry event for backstage careers, TheatreCraft, will have added significance following the findings of an independent report that revealed a shortage of skilled technical workers for off-stage positions.

The report, which was commissioned by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, identified that the education sector is not providing guidance to training routes into the industry and is diverting young people away from "high risk" off-stage careers.

The report further identified TheatreCraft as an important response to these issues.

This annual event for young people provides a wide range of workshops run by theatre professionals, talks, panel discussions and information about the diverse jobs available, as well as one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

The welcome speech will be given by TheatreCraft 2017 Ambassador renowned theatre journalist and critic Lyn Gardner, who said, “TheatreCraft is such a brilliant initiative because it opens doors and makes young people realise that working in theatre doesn't just mean acting. There are so many opportunities and careers available that don't involve putting yourself centre stage, but which still require creativity, ingenuity and are just as much fun! TheatreCraft reminds us that there is a role for everyone in theatre, and we need people of many different talents and from many different backgrounds.”

Targeted at those looking for a non-performance career in theatre, TheatreCraft brings training providers, educational institutions and career advisors under one roof with industry practitioners.

The day long event is organised by TheatreCraft partners, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Society of London Theatre and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

TheatreCraft takes place on 3 November at Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London; it is free to 16- to 25-year-olds with registration for the event online.