One of the West End’s most popular directors Jamie Lloyd will open TheatreCraft 2013, the essential free careers fair for anyone hoping to pursue a non-performance career in theatre.
Lloyd, whose productions include The Commitments, The Pride and the upcoming Urinetown, has previously attended the event, held this year at the Royal Opera House on 22 November, as an industry expert.
Speaking about the stage careers fair for 16 to 25-year-olds, Lloyd said: “As a director, I rely upon a huge team of brilliant people who work backstage on every production. I am thrilled to support this unique free event, which will provide insight, expertise and inspiration for young people interested in those all-important behind-the-scenes roles. It is vital that our profession continues to reach out and engage with as many young people as possible in as many different ways as possible, not least to encourage and nurture the next generation of theatremakers. TheatreCraft is an absolutely essential event and I am very much looking forward to meeting some of the theatre practitioners of the future.”
The one-day event, for which there have already been 1,500 bookings, will feature more than 60 workshops led by industry professionals and an Ask The Expert zone for one-to-one advice. These can be booked in advance on the TheatreCraft website. The event also includes a networking hub and a host of exhibitors.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of Society of London Theatre, which, along with the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass), Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Royal Opera House stages TheatreCraft, commented: “TheatreCraft is about broadening young people’s horizons and helping to supply the industry with the behind-the-scenes talent needed to maintain the UK’s position as a world leader. Since its inception in 2003, TheatreCraft has gone from strength to strength and we are delighted that this year’s event will be held once again at the Royal Opera House where we look forward to welcoming the future of UK theatre.”
For more information visit the TheatreCraft website.