TheatreCraft, the UK’s largest free careers event for young people seeking an off-stage career in theatre, is back for 2018 and we’re calling all Theatre Makers of the Future to sign up for this year’s event
– that means you!
TheatreCraft flies in to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on Monday 19 November for an exciting marketplace of exhibiting theatres, education providers and theatre organisations. Teaming up with nearby West End venues and the greatest theatre minds from across the galaxy, we’ll be running loads of super workshops including directing, producing, stage management, make up, design, marketing, lighting, prosthetics and casting to name just a few.
More than a careers fair, our annual event remains entirely free and offers attendees the opportunity to take part in dynamic workshops led by leading industry professionals, explore the vibrant marketplace of exhibiting arts organisations and education providers, connect with peers and potential employers through various networking opportunities and speak with experts in one-to-one advice sessions.
We encourage any aspiring theatre makers, whether students taking their first steps into a future career or young professionals looking for a job change or inspiration, to book a place at this year’s event – we promise you won’t regret it and you have absolutely nothing to lose!
For the first time, the event is open to 16-30 year-olds (instead of 16-25 as in past years), in acknowledgment of the necessity to provide services for people changing career as well as entering the sector.
Behind-the-scenes roles in theatre can often go unrecognised, but this year TheatreCraft is championing theatre’s heroes-in-hiding to highlight the extraordinary skillsets and roles available within the industry, and inspire a whole new generation to consider offstage career opportunities in the theatre.
Fronting this year’s campaign are a selection of inspiring theatre makers from different corners of the industry: Daniel Walker (Head of Armoury at the Royal Opera House), Debbie Hicks (Producer), Kadhija Raza (Set & Costume Designer) Rajiv Pattani (Lighting Designer & Technician at the Bush Theatre), Sam Shuck (Prosthetics & Make Up Artist) and Sunita Hinduja (Company and Stage Manager).
Commenting on this year’s event, Rajiv Pattani said:
“TheatreCraft is something I wish I was aware of much earlier in my career. The event provides a fascinating insight into the industry and a vital platform for young people to explore all the avenues of life that goes into making such amazing West End and Fringe productions. I’m incredibly proud to be supporting this year’s campaign and can’t wait for the doors to open again in November this year!”
Kadhija Raza, who attended TheatreCraft in 2015, commented:
“TheatreCraft is so important for young people to learn about the multitude of roles that exist within theatre. When I attended in 2015 I completely fell in love with all aspects of theatre design, so it’s great to be representing designers for TheatreCraft this year.”
Booking is now open for TheatreCraft, which returns to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on Monday 19 November 2018. Click here to book your free place!
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All photography by Rocio Chacon.