Where Next?

Why work in Theatre?

So you know you want to work in theatre, but now what?

Getting started

There is no one easy pathway into working in theatre and often success relies on people finding their own way. We have put together some advice on how to go about getting your foot in the door.


Check out these websites to give you more of an idea of what all the different theatre careers are, and how to get into them:

Get Into Theatre

Backstage with Official London Theatre – Take a look behind the scene at some of London’s biggest West End shows

Creative and Cultural Skills – Careers advice from industry professionals and job profiles that explain what onstage and offstage roles involve in Theatre.

Mousetrap – Offers a range of initiatives and discounted tickets for 15-29 year olds

Masterclass – inspiring and empowering talks and onstage workshops with leading industry figures from theatre, film and TV on a West End stage.

Better yet, come along to TheatreCraft on 11 November and hear it all first hand! It’s totally free and you’ll get a chance to see for yourself all that the theatre industry has to offer.

Do your research

See as many shows as you can! Lots of theatres have ticket offers including National Theatre, Young Vic, Sheffield Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange. Also check out these websites and sign up to their mailing lists for regular offers-



Creative and Cultural Skills and Get Into Theatre have job profiles and advice for every job in theatre to help you discover the right role for you.

For offstage roles, the following organisations have great advice about training and apprenticeships-

Get experience

Work experience in West End theatres can be tricky to find, but there are still ways to get involved:

Royal Opera House offers work experience opportunities through their First Stage programme. Find out more here.

Try contacting your local theatre and build a relationship with them. Ask about volunteering opportunities and front of house work and talk to people about what their job involves.



Some theatres offer apprenticeships and development schemes where you can learn on the job whilst being paid.  These often don’t require you to have any prior experience and you can gain level 2-4 qualifications. The Royal Opera House runs an innovative apprenticeship scheme across a variety of backstage departments you can find out more about it on their website- http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/young-people/apprenticeships

Other organisations that offer apprentices include:

National Theatre- https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/about-the-national-theatre/careers/apprenticeships

ATG- https://www.atgtickets.com/technicalapprenticeships/

London Theatre Consortium- http://www.londontheatreconsortium.com/apprenticeships/

You can also find more information about apprenticeships in your chosen field but not in a theatre on the Government website- https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Lastly, join your local youth theatre and sign up to all your favourite theatres mailing lists to keep informed about their upcoming events and workshops. Go to everything you can and keep learning!

Make work and network

Networking is key in getting into the theatre industry; go to as many events as you can and offer your support to people you meet. Ensure you can easily give them your details on where to find you, a business card and social media is really helpful in these situations.

You can also meet theatre professionals at large careers fairs across the UK-

Big Bang Fair

Rock Assembly

Skills London


Last but by no means least, get together with like-minded people and create your own work! Ask a local venue for some space and arrange a sharing of your R&D, invite people who you want to see your work and get people to give you feedback.

The theatre industry needs a range of people in a variety of jobs, so immerse yourself in any way you can. Don’t be afraid to reach out and find out what opportunities could be on your doorstep.

Jobs and apprenticeships

Learning resources

Frequently asked questions

When and where is this year’s TheatreCraft event?

TheatreCraft 2019 will take place on 11 November at the Royal Opera House, and some workshops will be taking place in nearby theatres.

How do I sign up to attend?

Click here to register on the website and then book your place on the event. We’ll let you know once booking for individual workshops has been announced, and you will have to be logged in in order to book a space on any that take your fancy!

Who is TheatreCraft for?

TheatreCraft is for anyone aged 16 – 30 who is interested in an off-stage career in theatre. You can be at any stage in your career or training, or just be wondering whether a career in theatre is for you.

If you are a parent/guardian or teacher and looking for more information, you might want to check out our list of resources above.

Do I have to pay to attend the event or any of the workshops?

Nope! If you are aged 16 – 30 on the day of the event, it is all completely free.

I have specific access needs, what should I do?

TheatreCraft is open to everyone, and we will do our best to make sure that the day is accessible to everyone who needs it. To speak to someone about any specific access needs or concerns, please contact the event’s project manager at [email protected].

Which theatre organisations will I be able to speak to at the event this year?

For a full list of everyone exhibiting in the Marketplace, please click here.

I would like to list a job/opportunity. How do I do this?

Send your job listings to [email protected].

What do I need to bring with me on the day?

You will just need to bring your booking confirmation so that we can sign you in quickly and efficiently. Wear some comfy clothes and shoes as you may be walking between workshops, and you may want to bring some food for lunch (although there are local shops and coffee shops). Other than that, a pen and paper is always handy!

I need to book a day off school to attend. Do you have any information I can send to my teachers?

Yes! You can download a PDF here.