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TheatreCraft 2013 offers unique insight into working behind the scenes at the theatre

Free Careers Fair for 16 to 25-year-olds highlights jobs that you may never have known existed.

By Greg Jauncey (HR and Training Manager)

15 August 2013 at 3.30pm | Comment on this article

Booking is now open for TheatreCraft 2013, the ‘beyond the stage careers fair’ that takes place on Friday 22 November from 9am to 3pm.

Hosted by the Royal Opera House, TheatreCraft is a free event for anyone aged 16 to 25 who is looking for a non-performance career in theatre. From directing to stage management, make-up to marketing, lighting to costume, TheatreCraft offers a fun and unique glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of theatre.

Attendees on the day can take part in workshops led by theatre professionals; explore the vibrant marketplace of theatres, training providers and theatrical suppliers; and join in at the ‘Ask the Experts’ zone for one-to-one careers advice. New for this year, there will also be networking hubs where attendees can make connections with their peers.

Holly Parker was one of more than 800 people who attended TheatreCraft last year. 'Whether you have a definite arts career path you’d like to follow, are curious about the different directions you can take within theatre, or are after an insight into how the industry works, TheatreCraft can help,’ says Holly. ‘My one-to-one session with an industry professional was invaluable, and without that I doubt I’d be in the job I am today. TheatreCraft really opened doors for me.’

Last year, amongst professionals from across the industry, Royal Opera House staff led workshops on lighting, make-up, costume, armoury, education and marketing. This year, attendees will also be able to meet Royal Opera House apprentices and hear first-hand about their experiences.

Full details of this year's programme will be announced shortly. However, you can reserve your place now and register for news updates on the TheatreCraft 2013 website.

If you are already working in the industry and would like to exhibit or volunteer your services on the day, please email Greg Jauncey.

Find out more about employment and work experience opportunities at the Royal Opera House.

TheatreCraft is organized jointly by Creative & Cultural Skills, Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the Royal Opera House and the Society of London Theatre.

By Greg Jauncey (HR and Training Manager)

15 August 2013 at 3.30pm

This article has been categorised Function, Learning and tagged Backstage, behind the scenes, Education, learning, learning and participation, ROH, TheatreCraft, workshops

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