about us

about us

what we do & the team

Supporting and nurturing young people through theatre is, and always will be, at the heart of Masterclass. As the in-house education charity of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, for the past 19 years we have been dedicated to opening up this beautiful and historic building as a resource for young people so they can gain hands-on experiences through theatre.

The Masterclass programme hosts inspiring and empowering talks with leading industry figures, onstage workshops, careers advice sessions, creative opportunities and paid apprenticeships for young people aged 16 – 30.

We are devoted to using theatre as a platform to build confidence, strengthen self-esteem, nurture creativity and develop business and life skills in young people –the talent of the future

the team

Blayne George
Programme Director 

Hazel Kerr
Programmer 

Josh Brown
Press & Marketing Manager

Ellen Walpole
Marketing & Design Assistant
ellen@masterclass.org.uk

Danielle Morgan-Dodd
Marketing & Press Assistant, Cyberscene
danielle@masterclass.org.uk

Rhiannon Newman Brown
Creative Producer, Cyberscene
rhiannon@masterclass.org.uk

Lucy Curtis
Production Coordinator, Cyberscene
lucy@masterclass.org.uk

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our patrons

Dame Judi Dench
Sir Peter Hall
Sir David Hare
Maureen Lipman CBE
Elaine Paige OBE

development board

Fiona Arghebant
Susan Bliss
Josephine Bonfield
William Differ
Katy Egan
Melissa Knatchbull
Jeanne Mandry
Richard Polo
Becky Purves
Suellen Richmond
Fiona Williams

masterclasses

the masterclasses

We programme a regular series of workshops and open Q&A sessions with leading voices across the theatre, television and film industries. Each of our speakers gives up their time for free to share their professional experiences as actors, directors, producers, designers and playwrights.

Our current Masterclass are:

pitch your play

pitch your play

We launched Pitch Your Play in 2013 to foster and nurture the work of emerging writers, directors, producers and actors. 

Our Pitch Your Play scheme invites young theatre makers to pitch their script to the Masterclass team and leading industry experts for the opportunity to have their work staged as a rehearsed reading at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in front of an invited industry audience.  Once the winning scripts have been selected we work alongside each team at Masterclass HQ, offering them support and guidance across a five week period leading up to the final showcase. 

In 2015 our winning scripts were Shakespeare’s Sister by Emma Whipday, Hilldrop by Joel Samuels and Arthur by Ben Weatherill. 

News of Pitch Your Play applications will be announced soon…


The Masterclass Pitch Your Play Scheme is generously supported by The Noël Coward Foundation and the Vernon Charitable Trust



apprentice scheme

the apprentice scheme

Our Apprentice Scheme is a unique, paid initiative that enables people interested in furthering their career in the non-performance side of the industry to experience working on a large-scale West End production...

Our apprentice scheme offers you the chance to work alongside seasoned professionals from the industry, develop life skills in addition to job specific skills and, most importantly, we give you the chance to earn while you learn. All of our apprentices are paid opportunities that allow you to learn on the job through hands on experience. 

To date we have placed 25 apprentices on West End and major UK productions working in directing, stage management, lighting and design.  

At the end of each placement our apprentices may have the opportunity to work together to stage, produce and cast their own showcase performance in front of an invited industry audience, here, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Read about our 2016 Apprentice's and their showcase here


We currently have no apprenticeships available.
Watch this space and sign up to our newsletter (via the form in the footer) for the very latest on our 2017 opportunities.

See our apprentice alumni here.

The Masterclass Apprentice Scheme is generously supported by the Mackintosh Foundation, D'oyly Carte Trust and Vernon Charitable Trust.

cyberscene

cyberscene

Exploring the intricacies of the cyber world and the fine line between banter and bullying. 

In 2016 The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust teamed up with leading anti-bullying charity, Kidscape, to deliver a creative hands-on learning project which uses theatre to support the health and well-being of young people aged 16-19 affected by cyber-bullying.

Made possible through the generous support of the Pure Land Foundation, who champion initiatives that promote social, spiritual and emotional wellness, the project's aim is to work with a group of young people to gather their stories and experiences, and make them into a new and relevant play to be performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; informing parents, siblings and peers of the issues around young people’s cyber activity. When digital barriers separate and even hide the people we engage with online, are young people equipped emotionally and morally to exist in this ever-widening and controlling digital landscape?

The story so far... 

Since October 2016 the Cyberscene Project has partnered with 4 Further Education Colleges in London and delivered 36 hours of theatre-based workshops, positively engaging with 112 students to develop material for the play. The students have worked with the project's director, writer and producer to share their voice and thoughts on what needs to be said about this issue and how.
One student, from Leyton Sxith Form College, comments that:

Sometimes we become so assuming that
nothing bad will happen to us because
we're so knowledgeable, that nobody
really thinks of the consequences -
that we could be a cyber-bully or that we
could be cyber-bullied. 


... What happens next

Our commissioned writer Emily Jenkins, winner of a prestigious Fringe First Award for her play Rainbow and Director Guy Unsworth, Associate Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, are now embarking on creating the play, which will be performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29 October, 2017.

Cyberscene students completed two days of workshops in February, on the Theatre Royal Haymarket's prestigious stage. The students from the 4 colleges bonded for the first time and worked with ideas in the initial sketch draft of the play.

Educational material relating to the play for schools and colleges is now being developed, with the intent to explore publishing the play-text to accompany the educational resources as part of the project’s legacy.

Why Cyberscene? 
Aligned with Masterclass' mission to provide opportunities and experiences for young people, the heart of the Cyberscene project is about using theatre to give young people a voice, create a lasting legacy from their own perspective, help and inspire other young people in similar situations and to raise awareness of the issue. 




If you or someone you know is experiencing cyber bullying and you would like some additional support please visit our partner Kidscape’s website for further guidance.

If you are interested in a career in theatre, take a look at TheatreCraft, London’s largest careers event for 16-25 year olds which Masterclass founded in 2003.


Previous Community Projects
Masterclass' previous community projects include, The Bravo 22 Company, a pioneering theatre recovery project for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and the Play Project which supported children and young adults at Great Ormond Street Hospital School and Richard House Hospice.

TheatreCraft

TheatreCraft

TheatreCraft is a free one day ‘behind the scenes’ skills fair which demonstrates the richness and diversity of the theatre as a place of employment and training for young people interested in the non-performance side of the business.

TheatreCraft was created by Masterclass in 2003 and is now run in partnership with the Society of London Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and Creative & Cultural skills.


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