News: TheatreCraft returns to help young people’s backstage careers

The Society of London Theatre will once again host TheatreCraft, a free event for those looking for a career ‘behind-the-scenes’.

From directing to stage management, producing to marketing, and lighting to designing, TheatreCraft offers young people, aged 16 to 25, a unique glimpse into a non-performance career in the world of theatre.

Celebrated director Jamie Lloyd (pictured, right) will open TheatreCraft 2013 at the Royal Opera House. “As a director, I rely upon a huge team of brilliant people who work backstage on every production,” she explained. “I am thrilled to support this unique free event, which will provide insight, expertise and inspiration for young people interested in those all-important behind-the-scenes roles. It is vital that our profession continues to reach out and engage with as many young people as possible in as many different ways as possible, not least to encourage and nurture the next generation of theatre makers.

“TheatreCraft is an absolutely essential event and I am very much looking forward to meeting some of the theatre practitioners of the future.”

Attendees on the day can take part in 60+ workshops led by theatre professionals, explore the vibrant marketplace, join the ‘Ask the Experts’ zone for one-to-one advice and new for 2013, take part in networking hubs where attendees can interact with their peers and develop their presentation skills. Bookings for workshops and ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions are now open.

More than 800 people attended TheatreCraft 2012 which featured a marketplace of 46 exhibitors including theatres, training providers, membership organisations and theatrical suppliers. 58 industry professionals delivered workshops and 165 fifteen minute one to one sessions were given by 33 industry experts.

TheatreCraft 2013 aims to support its growing demographic by providing the widest variety of free workshops, careers advice and networking opportunities covering the non-performance interests of those attending. So far this year more than 1,500 young people from across the UK have booked to attend the event. 46% of those attending are not in education or have finished school, 9% are still in school, 27% in Higher education and 18% in further education. Currently the most popular areas are Directing, Writing, Casting, Producing, Apprenticeships, Theatre Management and Stage Management.

The event runs on Friday 22nd November from 9am. For more information and all the latest news about TheatreCraft visit or Twitter @TheatreCraft

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