6 May 2014 at 9.49am | 12 Comments
The Royal Opera House is currently recruiting eight new apprentices to join us in September 2014. This year's opportunities are in costume, wigs and make-up, scenic art, scenic carpentry, scenic metalwork, props and technical theatre.
We're pleased to also be offering apprenticeships for the first time in our Prop-making and Wigs and Make-up departments.
The Props Carpentry/Metalwork Apprentice will gain the skills and experience required to manufacture, repair and modify props, using a wide variety of techniques and materials. The apprentice's time will be split between the Royal Opera House’s Props Making Department and the Building Crafts College in Stratford, where they will study for a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Bench Joinery and undertake some extended modules in Fine Woodworking. Training in metalwork skills will be also be provided.
The Wigs and Make-up Apprentice will develop the practical craft skills relating to hair, make-up and special effects make-up needed for both ballet and opera productions, working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Technical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up. ‘We're very keen to bridge the gap between education and industry' said Bridget Foster, the Ballet Team Leader for Wigs and Make-up. 'We want to ensure that the very traditional techniques that the department uses are passed on to a new generation of Wigs and Make-up artists.’
The Royal Opera House has been offering apprenticeships in backstage production and technical departments since 2007. Previous apprentices have achieved continued success in the sector, making costumes for London 2012 Opening Ceremony, painting scenery at the Sydney Opera House and gaining employment within the organization.
Apprenticeships at the Royal Opera House are generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust, The Headley Trust, Ashley Family Foundation, Gordon Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Joiners’ and Ceilers Charitable Trust.