Booking is now open for TheatreCraft 2016, London’s largest free careers event for anyone aged 16 – 25 looking for a non-performance career in theatre. This year, the event will take place on Monday 14 November and has a new home at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel with workshops and talks happening throughout partnering West End theatres which will be announced at a later date.
Speaking about TheatreCraft 2016 General Manager at the Waldorf Hilton, Guy Hilton, commented;
"I am delighted as the new General Manager of The Waldorf Hilton London, which resides in the heart of Theatreland, to be a part of TheatreCraft 2016. TheatreCraft provides a unique opportunity to nurture the talent of young people in the world of dramatic art, which echoes very well our own commitment to create opportunities for young people in the hospitality industry. It gives me great pleasure to confirm that The Waldorf Hilton will be hosting TheatreCraft in November later this year."
TheatreCraft has also announced Ambassador Theatre Group’s recently appointed Executive Vice President, Adam Kenwright, as the TheatreCraft 2016 Ambassador. Kenwright will deliver a welcome speech and open the event on 14 November at The Waldorf Hilton. Commenting on this year’s event, TheatreCraft Ambassador Adam Kenwright said:
“TheatreCraft creates a unique and free event, whole-heartedly supported by the industry, for 16-25 year olds so that they may better understand the vast variety of careers that contribute to creating theatre productions. TheatreCraft’s vision allows the next generation of theatre talent to explore the diverse range of opportunities available within our exciting and inspiring field. As someone who first started in the business as a teenager and who has personally worked in the box office, back stage, front of house, publicity, casting, marketing and in production, I am excited and proud to have been chosen to be this year’s Ambassador for TheatreCraft. Helping young people discover the behind the scenes professions that make our great industry thrive is vital to the future of 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.
Attendees on the day can take part in workshops led by theatre professionals, explore the vibrant marketplace of exhibiting theatres and organisations, join in at the Ask the Experts zone for one-to-one advice and interact with peers in the networking hubs.
For the last three years, Olivier award winning writer Jessica Swale, has led TheatreCraft workshops on finding your voice as an emerging playwright. Now in its eleventh year, Swale commented on the importance of TheatreCraft;
“TheatreCraft really is one of a kind. It's an excellent resource, inspiring young people to think about a career in theatre beyond the usual push to tread the boards. It's so vital that there's the same enthusiasm for working backstage as there is for performing, and Theatrecraft is one of the few events that allows young people to fully explore all the possibilities of an exciting career in theatre making. It is events like theatrecraft that inspire new voices to join the industry, bringing with them fresh ideas and breaking boundaries, ensuring that we have a diverse, representative and creative new intake every year. And every year it goes from strength to strength. Long may it continue.”
More than 1,000 people attended TheatreCraft last year taking part in over 75 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals and engaging with 64 theatres and organisations in the marketplace, making it the most successful event to date.
Larah Simpson, an attendee at the event in 2014 and exhibitor in 2015, said:
“I attended in 2014 after graduating from university and was unsure about which direction to take next. I had a one-to-one session with James Clutton and later attended his workshop on producing. I kept in touch with James and was offered work experience at Opera Holland Park and then a permanent job. TheatreCraft is an invaluable resource and the Marketplace is a fountain of knowledge and new opportunities. I was delighted to return in 2015 as an exhibitor for Opera Holland Park.”
TheatreCraft is organised by a group of committed partners from across the creative and cultural industries; the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Society of London Theatre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and Creative and Cultural Skills.