Wednesday, 12 July 2017

TheatreCraft returns! | LittleEllieMae


Last year, I was delighted to be involved with TheatreCraft (see my blog post here) as I acted as their Social Media Editor. It has been announced that Theatrecraft, London’s largest, free careers event for young people seeking an off-stage career in theatre, returns to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on Friday 3rd November.

The annual event will hold further significance throughout the industry following an independent report commissioned by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre, which has found that off-stage theatre, despite benefiting from a passionate, engaged workforce, is struggling with a shortage of skilled technical workers.

The report found that the education sector is channelling young people away from off-stage careers, labelling theatre as a ‘high risk option’ and offering a notable lack of guidance around training routes into the industry. This is something I can personally resonate with, as I was at an all-girls grammar school who completely focused on the sciences and Russell Group universities- I found it difficult to gain support of the school to decide on my career in the theatre as it was deemed "risky". The report went on to identify TheareCraft as an important response to these issues, having actively championed the vibrant array of careers in the sector for fourteen years.

More than a careers fair, TheatreCraft remains an entirely free event offering attendees the opportunity to take part in dynamic workshops led by theatre professionals, explore the vibrant marketplace of exhibiting theatres and arts organisations, connect with peers through various networking opportunities and speak with industry experts in one-to-one advice sessions.

1,000 people aged 16 -25 attended TheatreCraft last year, taking part in more than 68 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals across 6 West End venues and engaging with 66 theatres and arts organisations in the marketplace, making it the largest event to date.

Newly appointed President of Society of London Theatre, Kenny Wax, commented;
“Without the skilled practitioners backstage, there would be no theatre. From marketing and lighting to set design and directing, TheatreCraft does the invaluable job of highlighting the range of careers available and helps to spot and encourage fresh talent. TheatreCraft is also a showcase of the talented professionals who make up our industry and we are immensely grateful they donate their time and energy to help make the event the success it is.”

TheatreCraft is organised by a group of committed partners from across the theatre industry; the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Society of London Theatre and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

I'm a huge supporter of this event. As a young person trying to get a career off-stage in the theatre industry, TheatreCraft provides a completely unique experience which can help set the foundations for your successful journey. Its such an enjoyable and useful experience.

For more information and all the latest news about TheatreCraft visit www.theatrecraft.org or find them on Twitter @TheatreCraft.


Ellie Mae x




Disclaimer: Photos by Rory Ohlmeier. I have worked closely with Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass and TheatreCraft but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. i am glad that you are creating the awareness of it all and doing something about it. good luck with it, i am sure you are going to do great

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