17/09/2014 15:09 HRS

The Royal Court Theatre’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone will open this year’s TheatreCraft event by giving a welcome speech at 9am on Friday 17th October 2014, at the Royal Opera House.

TheatreCraft,  which  is  now  in  its  9th  year,  is  the  essential  free  event  for  anyone  aged  16  to  25  looking  for  a  non-performance career  in  theatre.  From  directing  to  stage  management,  producing  to  marketing,  lighting  to  design,  TheatreCraft  is  the  only  place  to  be  for  a  fun  and  unique  glimpse  into  the  ‘behind  the  scenes’  world  of  theatre.

More  than  1000  people  attended TheatreCraft  2013  and  met more than 50 exhibitors in the bustling marketplace, took part in over 70 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals and visited the ‘Ask the Experts’ zone which offered one-to-one advice sessions with 33 industry experts.

Commenting on this year’s event Vicky Featherstone said;

“When I first dreamt about working in theatre all I really knew about were the actors. The wealth of talent, passion and commitment that goes into creating a whole piece of theatre is extraordinary. There is opportunity for such a diverse and wide ranging group of people coming together to make it happen. TheatreCraft is an incredibly important resource to equip our next generation with the skills, opportunities and inspiration to forge a career in theatre. Most importantly it is completely free, enabling the sector to encourage young people from all walks of life, with all sorts of experience to join our industry. It is vital to our future, our relevance and to achieve our potential that TheatreCraft exists. I am honoured to be part of that quest and that possibility.”

Caro Newling, President of the Society of London Theatre, added;
“The UK theatre industry maintains its position as a world leader due to the enormous wealth of talent we have behind-the-scenes. It is crucial that we continue to develop and nurture the skills and careers of theatre technicians across the spectrum. Since it began in 2003, TheatreCraft has grown to become an indispensable source of support, inspiration and guidance to thousands of young people interested in working in theatre. This unique, open-door event provides free access to invaluable information, insight and networking opportunities that will equip the next generation of theatre makers.”

Attendees  on  the  day  can  take  part  in  workshops  led  by  theatre  professionals,  explore  the  vibrant marketplace,  join  in  at  the  Ask  the  Experts  zone  for  one  to  one  advice  and interact with peers in the networking  hubs.

Speaking of last year’s opportunities TheatreCraft 2013 attendee Jennie Matthews said;

“If you’re a young theatre maker I couldn’t recommend TheatreCraft enough! Since my visit last year I found out and about and have completed the NYT EPIC Stages course, I have attended free workshops at The Almeida Theatre and I have completed the Ambassador West End directing programme which was fantastic! I have gained enough courage to make my own work, with my own company at two fringe festivals this year. It’s a really friendly supportive day which allows you to approach all the exhibitors with your questions and ask for advice, which when you’re starting is really important to be able to do.”

TheatreCraft was established by Masterclass in 2003 as a way of highlighting training and career opportunities for young people interested in working behind the scenes in the theatre and performance industries. It  is currently organised  by   a  group  of  committed  partners  from  across  the  creative  and  cultural industries  who  run  the  event:  Creative  &  Cultural  Skills, Theatre  Royal  Haymarket Masterclass Trust,  Mousetrap  Theatre  Projects,  Royal  Opera  House  and  Society  of  London  Theatre.

TheatreCraft is sponsored by White Light and John Good. Media partners are The Stage and Official London Theatre.


Event: TheatreCraft

Date: Friday 17 October 2014

Time: 9.00am – 3.30pm; Vicky Featherstone will open the event at 9am.

Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD

Delegates can attend for free registering at