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

Josh Brown
Press & Marketing Manager

Ellen Walpole
Marketing & Design Assistant

Jazz Adamson
Programming & Development Assistant

Marketing & Press Assistant, Cyberscene

Rhiannon Newman Brown
Creative Producer, Cyberscene

Lucy Curtis
Production Coordinator, Cyberscene


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


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.

The Masterclasses are generously supported by
The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, The Werth Trust in memory of Lawrence Werth

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.



A new play by Emily Jenkins
Directed by Anna Ledwich
Commissioned as part of the Cyberscene Project

Masterclass, Pureland and Kidscape present the world premiere of Emily Jenkins’ pioneering new play Cookies for two performances only at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October 2017.

"The internet is their battleground.
London their surround sound.
YouTube their statement maker
- their whatsit -
manifesto maker." 

In a world of gaming, vlogging, instant messaging and streaming, the online and offline worlds of four teenagers collide when each are exposed to cyber bullying and a darker side to their digital lives.

Inspired by the experiences of 120 students, Cookies by Fringe First Award winner Emily Jenkins, takes us on an astonishing digital journey that questions the effects and consequences of cyber bullying.

Anna Ledwich, 2015 Olivier Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate theatre, directs this stimulating, timely and significant new piece of theatre.

For further information and to book tickets, please click below

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.

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 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.

For more information and to book tickets to TheatreCraft 2017, please visit www.theatrecraft.org.

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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