We are passionate about introducing young people to the range of different jobs available to them, in as many industries as possible. Which is why we are pleased to announce our nationwide Inspiring the Future of Theatre campaign, in partnership with UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) .
Building on SOLT and UK Theatre’s recent Workforce Review, Inspiring the Future of Theatre will aim to showcase the range of careers available in theatre to young people, and encourage and strengthen connections between schools and theatres.
Theatre and the performing arts are part of the creative industries, which are worth £92bn, and are growing at twice the rate of the economy. UK Theatre and SOLT believe that if the sector is to continue to thrive, it must draw on the talent base, and build audiences, from all areas of society.
To achieve this ambitious project, SOLT, UK Theatre and Education and Employers are launching a drive to recruit industry ambassadors who will be matched with schools across the UK, taking part in events to lay the groundwork for young people to later make informed and ambitious career decisions.
President of the Society of London Theatre Kenny Wax started the call for ambassadors at this year’s Olivier Awards on 8 April:
‘Our goal is to sign up 1000 Ambassadors from across the industry, to include technicians, designers, actors, creatives and administrators – with particular emphasis on roles behind the curtain – to commit to visit a local school once a year to talk about what they do – to open the eyes of children and inspire them to consider a role in the theatre.’
Inspiring the Future of Theatre will be officially launched on 11 July with events at schools around the country. As part of a broader celebration of the fantastic educational and careers work already taking place in the theatre industry, theatres will be encouraged to use the social media hashtag #InspiringFutureTheatre on 11 July to promote their own work towards closing skills gaps and broadening access to arts and cultural education.
Signing up is simple:
- Use this link to register and volunteer for Inspire the Future of Theatre with Inspiring the Future and complete our quick registration process adding the postcodes you can volunteer from and information about your role
- Select ‘Career Insights’ as an activity and any other activities you are interested in
- Once registered, you will receive an email with more information
- Respond to invitations from schools that will arrive directly to your inbox and use our interactive maps to search for opportunities near you
- Connect with the teacher to plan your activity, whether that’s giving a classroom talk, participating in a careers carousel with other volunteers or delivering an interactive workshop
- If you have any queries please contact the Inspiring the Future team.
Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre, said:
‘Part of UK Theatre and SOLT’s core mission is to engage as many people as possible, and from all areas of our society, as audiences and in the theatre workforce. The wellbeing of our society relies on a flourishing arts scene, and we believe that reaching people at school age to shape their understanding of the theatre industry will encourage the next generation of theatre audiences and workers. We’re excited to partner with Education and Employers on Inspiring the Future of Theatre.’
Nick Chambers, CEO of Education and Employers, said:
‘We are delighted to be working with UK Theatre and SOLT to excite and motivate young people about the huge range of careers available in the theatre industry. Through Inspiring the Future’s national online platform, volunteers who work in the theatre industry can easily be connected to primary and secondary schools and colleges to chat informally to young people about what inspired them to follow a career in the theatre industry and how the educational route they chose helped them to achieve it.’