All stories by John Byrne on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tara Arts’ Jatinder Verma: ‘I was desperate to tell stories that reflected me’ by John Byrne

My first job was fetching egg curry for a bank manager in Sloane Square every lunchtime, which proved sound training for directing.

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Stagedoor Learning teacher Jenny Cameron: ‘We run the risk of theatre becoming a hobby of the rich by John Byrne

How did you start in dance/performance? I studied theatre at Warwick University, then did my PGCE, working as an English and drama

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Careers Clinic: Help, I don’t have a 2019 game plan! by John Byrne

It’s already over a week into the new year, and I seem to have failed at my very first task: making any

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Scam alert: how to spot the online ‘castings’ too good to be true by John Byrne

Offer of a film role out of the blue? Skype ‘audition’ making uncomfortable requests? Actors are too often targeted by online scammers

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Acting coach Daniel-John Williams: ‘We have everything an actor needs in the North’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? When I was eight years old, I loved making people laugh. I turned that ‘classroom

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Actor Helen Goldwyn: ‘Make your mark – don’t assume people can see how hard you’re working’ by John Byrne

My first adult, professional job was when I was 19. I was assistant stage manager and understudy for all three women in

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Stage school principal and actor Verity Rae Martin: ‘Those who work the hardest succeed’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I attended a dance school in Gravesend before joining the Brit School aged 14. What

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Actor Riz Meedin: ‘At the dress run for my first job, my bravado vanished, but I got through it’ by John Byrne

My first job was a 1989 production of Teechers by John Godber at the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative. That sounds like

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Careers Clinic: When should I send my acting showreel? by John Byrne

I’m about to do my first mail-out to agents and casting directors. Well, I say ‘about to’, but my new headshots, showreel

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Jon Sherwood: ‘I enjoy watching students progress’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre production? I trained in stage management at GSA drama school and went on to work professionally

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Selene C Jordan: ‘I used to be a police officer, but now I am a musical theatre star – you can be too’ by John Byrne

I was 10 years old when I was chosen to be one of the navy base kids in Carmen Jones at London’s

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I take my acting to the next step? by John Byrne

I am retired but I have always wanted to be an actor. I live in a small Midlands town where there are

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

How to choose a musical theatre course by John Byrne

With myriad options available it can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to choosing musical theatre training. John

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Performer and producer John Hewer: ‘Camaraderie always gets you through’ by John Byrne

I started Hambledon Productions with my sister, Rachel, in 2007. It came from a lack of practical outlet following my university course,

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Theatre practitioner Nick O’Brien: ‘Practise being in character every day’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? At my prep school, drama was at the forefront of school life – it’s where

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Careers Clinic: How should I prepare for a panto run? by John Byrne

I was very dubious earlier this year when my agent sent me to a casting for an Easter panto (which I hadn’t

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Meet the people who keep theatres running: administrators by John Byrne

Do you want to work in theatre? Are you both organised and creative, looking for a stable salary and career progression? Then

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Actor Geoff Aymer: ‘Always look for the truth of your character’ by John Byrne

My first panto was Aladdin at Harrow Arts Centre eight years ago. The circumstances under which I got the job were a

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The Musical Theatre Academy’s Alan Bradshaw: ‘Don’t second-guess your career path’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? Dance classes with Jayne Burnett and at Kimberley Performing Arts Centre before joining Wilton Productions and

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Careers Clinic: How can I maintain my acting career and pay off my debts? by John Byrne

I’ve had a busy year with a variety of enjoyable and challenging work. Unfortunately, most of it has been low paid, which

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Brit School’s Olivia Chew: ‘Our mission in production arts is to increase diversity backstage’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? At 16, I wrote to the Starlight Express wardrobe team and begged to work for

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Hollyoaks actor Nathan Sussex: ‘Do as much research as you can before a casting’ by John Byrne

My first job was in 2000. It was a TV film for the BBC called Care, filmed in Cardiff. It was a

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Careers Clinic: How can I apply my acting skills to an off-stage theatre job interview? by John Byrne

I trained as an actor but over the past few years I have found my career moving into writing and directing, initially

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Actor and playwright Michael Head: ‘There is so much talent out there, but only one you’ by John Byrne

I trained with Miskin Theatre company, which was a fantastic training ground for me. My first paid job was being the Wind

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Lecturer Brian Warrens: ‘Don’t be spoon-fed, get out and find your own story’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? After leaving Bretton Hall College, I worked with theatre companies in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire and Newcastle

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Careers Clinic: Why has my award not led to work? by John Byrne

As a self-producing theatremaker, I was delighted to win an award earlier this year. Not only was it a very nice evening,

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Crazyhead’s Susan Wokoma: ‘NYT shaped everything for me – find a group where you can act with your peers’ by John Byrne

My first job was in 2006, before I went to drama school. It was a TV film called That Summer Day about

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Director and writer Alistair Wilkinson: ‘See as many performances as you can – it’s here that you really learn by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I attended Langley Theatre Workshop in Middleton, Manchester, where I’m from, for weekly classes in acting

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I make my show unique? by John Byrne

For a long time, I struggled with a personal issue from which acting was one of my escapes. From that starting point,

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Actor and director Seb Harcombe: ‘Don’t write off any project as it often leads to more work’ by John Byrne

It’s almost 10 years since I moved from acting to directing. My first acting job was in a Spanish classical play called

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Amy Draper: ‘The only way to learn directing is to just do it’ by John Byrne

Which organisations have you worked for? I was an education associate practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company last season and have been

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