Association of British Theatre Technicians
ABTT Apprenticeship Network (FREE to join)
Backstage with Official London Theatre – Take a look behind the scene at some of London’s biggest West End shows
BECTU; trades union for theatre and media workers. Career and work guidance.
Creative & Cultural Skills; Sector Skills Council, developing training and employment for our sector.
Get in to Theatre; A good range of career and training information for theatre work.
Go Live Theatre Projects – Offers a range of initiatives and discounted tickets for 15-29 year olds
Masterclass – inspiring and empowering talks and onstage workshops with leading industry figures from theatre, film and TV on a West End stage.
Scene Change: an open, evolving, growing community, supporting ways of coming together and taking action for theatre.
TheatreCraft is the UK’s largest free careers event for anyone aged 16-30 seeking off-stage roles in theatre.
Networking is key in getting into the theatre industry; go to as many events as you can and offer your support to people you meet. Ensure you can easily give them your details on where to find you, a business card and social media is really helpful in these situations.
You can also meet theatre professionals at large careers fairs across the UK-
ABTT Theatre Show
Big Bang Fair
Step Up Expo
The Talent Foundry
Some theatres offer apprenticeships and development schemes where you can learn on the job whilst being paid. These often don’t require you to have any prior experience and you can gain level 2-4 qualifications. These include:
– The Royal Opera House, they run an innovative apprenticeship scheme across a variety of backstage departments you can find out more about it on their website- http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/young-people/apprenticeships
– National Theatre- https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/about-the-national-theatre/careers/apprenticeships
– ATG- https://www.atgtickets.com/technicalapprenticeships/
– National College for Creative Industries; who arrange and deliver apprenticeships for theatre, live events, community arts, cultural venues.
You can also find more information about apprenticeships in your chosen field on the below websites:
Apprenticeship opportunities in the UK are searchable here.
Apprenticeship opportunities in Scotland can be found here.
Government Guide to Apprenticeships;
Government Kickstarter Scheme explained
When & how to choose your course or Apprenticeship
CV Tips Resources:
Article: 4 Steps To Take When Writing A Theatre Technician Resume
Job Hero: Stage Technician (skills to include in your CV)
Job Hero: Theatre Technician (skills to include in your CV)
Live Career: Assistant Sound Engineer Example CV
Live Career: Backstage Crew Example CV
Live Career: Set Design Assistance Example CV
Theatre Craft Jobs Glossary and CV Tips
Job Hunting Resources:
ABTT Industry Jobs Board
Backstage Theatre Jobs
Get into Theatre Jobs Glossary
Mandy.com; website with job search. Free to register. Pay to apply through the site.
Theatre Forum Arts Jobs
The Stage newspaper; theatre news and jobs.
Training/ Up-skilling Resources:
Associations of interest: