Get Into Theatre – breaking down barriers to a career in theatre

The UK’s first theatre careers resource, Get Into Theatre, launches online as one-stop-shop for theatre careers. Founded on the belief that all young people should have the same opportunity to pursue a career in theatre, the website removes barriers by providing an accessible and practical advice resource for young people and careers advisors. 

In 2016 a report commissioned by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Centre Stage, found that one of the main issues preventing young people from BAME and lower-income backgrounds from pursuing a career in theatre was the lack of information about the on and off-stage career opportunities, support and experiences that the theatre industry offers. Get Into Theatre addresses this need.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: ‘It’s vital that talented young people from diverse backgrounds find a way through and ensure theatre remains as vibrant as the populations it serves. This is just the start. I urge all those who have been successful in the industry to get behind this careers initiative and spread the word.’

Get Into Theatre has been developed by The Stage and is funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT). Prompted by Centre Stage, the 2016 report into the pipeline of diverse talent in the sector, and research into the needs of the off-stage workforce conducted by UK Theatre and SOLT, the website will directly combat the lack of diversity, training and awareness of routes into the industry that has resulted in its misconception as a high-risk career choice.

Working to combat these issues, Get Into Theatre will place a particular emphasis on supporting underprivileged young people, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds, who are less likely to have a personal industry contact to help them navigate their career path. Helping to demystify what working in theatre is actually like and opening up the possibility of finding out about the many backstage roles that exist.

Get Into Theatre will work alongside other careers initiatives, including: Inspiring the Future of Theatre, which since launching last year has recruited over 1000 industry ambassadors to go into schools and talk about off stage careers; Theatrecraft, the UK’s biggest careers event for off-stage roles; the Creative Careers Programme; and Stage Sight, a peer to peer collective working to improve diversity.

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A welcome, if overdue resource. In my other role as CEO of Troubadour Trust we wholeheartedly support this initiative.