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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I tell my mum she’s not my manager? by John Byrne

My mum was a professional musical theatre actor back in the 1980s, and inspired me to go to stage school. Over the

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Improvisation tutor Luke Sorba: ‘Don’t focus on getting it right – focus on getting it done’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre?  I started off at school, working on plays as an actor and writer. Then I

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Actor Hayley Tamaddon: ‘Since my first audition, I’ve always tried to be off book’ by John Byrne

My first professional job was Fame the Musical in 1997. It was for the UK tour with a West End transfer. I

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Offstage stars: careers in theatre behind the scenes by John Byrne

Many people looking to break into the industry are not aware of the great variety of skilled roles available. John Byrne talks

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Careers Clinic: What is good ‘follow-up’ etiquette for a theatre project? by John Byrne

In a recent Careers Clinic you responded to an actor who had what they thought was a positive agent meeting but then

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Royal Academy of Dance’s Michelle Groves: ‘Success never comes without hard work and effort’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in dance? As a four-year-old, I begged my parents to let me take dance classes after seeing

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Teunkie van der Sluijs: ‘You can break all the rules if your voice is authentic and message heartfelt’ by John Byrne

My first job was self-started. I directed Yasser, about a Palestinian actor playing Shylock and questioning identity and diasporic backgrounds. I raised

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Careers Clinic: Should I honour my Edinburgh Festival Fringe contract? by John Byrne

Since leaving drama school, I have done one commercial and some very small stage jobs. I don’t have an agent yet, but

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Scratch nights: helping emerging writers develop their craft by John Byrne

Faced with a dearth of opportunities to showcase their work, young theatremakers are taking matters into their own hands. They tell John

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Stage manager Phil Parrett: ‘Be kind and everything will be fine’ by John Byrne

My first job was in 2016 as stage manager, lighting and sound operator for In/Out (A Feeling) at the Hope Theatre in

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Royal Opera House stage technician Henry Desmond: ‘There’s pride in helping to make memories’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I applied for the technical theatre apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House. I had looked

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Careers Clinic: Why did a prospective agent ‘ghost’ me? by John Byrne

I have been looking for a new agent and have had a few meetings over the last two weeks that all seemed

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Guildhall vice principal Ben Sumner: ‘There are lots of good jobs out there for people interested in backstage careers’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? A two-year diploma in stage management at Central School of Speech and Drama, then into

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Director Tinuke Craig: ‘As an assistant director, you’re the only person in rehearsals not doing the job you want to end up doing’ by John Byrne

My first professional theatre job was as assistant director to Lisa Spirling on Lou Ramsden’s play Hundreds and Thousands at Soho Theatre

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Careers Clinic: Which theatre course is right for me? by John Byrne

I’m looking at my options for studying theatre when I leave school. My interests cover acting and backstage work, so I am

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sophie Eleni: ‘I got the job when I stopped caring what people thought’ by John Byrne

I was 10 when I got my first professional acting job. I’d been at a local stage school and some producers came

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Designer and lecturer Tina Bicat: ‘Design students need practical, technical skills to support their creative work’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? In the National Youth Theatre run by Michael Croft – a wonderful introduction to life

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Careers clinic: ‘Will they cast a star name over me?’ by John Byrne

After almost eight months since my last casting, I was starting to feel quite despondent, although it hasn’t been for a lack

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Director Paulette Randall: ‘My first job taught me to absorb as many experiences as possible’ by John Byrne

My first job came about because in my final year at drama school I wrote a play called Fishing. I hadn’t set

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Old Vic young person’s programme manager Naomi Lawson: ‘Kids need tenacity to succeed in theatre’ by John Byrne

How did you first get involved in theatre? I did an MA in playwriting and found myself becoming very interested in outreach.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Careers clinic: ‘Which sixth-form should we choose for our daughter, an aspiring actor?’ by John Byrne

Our daughter will be turning 16 and has her heart set on working as an actor. She started at stage school a

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Actor Ayesha Casely-Hayford: ‘Only you know how far you’ve come’ by John Byrne

My first audition was in voice-over, a mobile exercise game company developed by Six to Start and author and games designer Naomi

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Acting coach Dee Cannon: ‘It’s essential to be an all-round actor’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I have been around the acting profession since I was very young, watching my mother (the

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Careers Clinic: ‘Do I give up on a ‘busy’ collaborator?’ by John Byrne

I’ve been working with an actor friend developing a fringe show. He’s musical theatre-trained, I come from a comedy background and, without

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Performer Ionica Adriana: ‘Sing what you love and sing it like it’s the last time you’ll ever sing’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I went to York College, then East 15, but I only started musical theatre training

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Terema Wainwright: ‘After Newport State of Mind, my phone didn’t stop ringing for weeks’ by John Byrne

Eight years ago, my first job was playing the role of a Welsh Alicia Keys in the spoof music video, Newport (Ymerodraeth

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Director Gabrielle Maddocks: ‘Drama is known to build vital life skills – it’s never too early to start’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? Lots of acting, directing and producing at school and university. I also did a postgraduate

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Careers Clinic: Will I get better work with another agent? by John Byrne

To move my career forward I feel I have to move on from my current agent. I have been out of drama

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Theatremaker Stephanie Silver: ‘My first job taught me that I can’t do it all, so now I collaborate’ by John Byrne

When the Actor Awareness movement began running themed scratch nights at the Canal Cafe, London, founder Tom Stocks chose my piece The

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Actors Jam director Stephanie T Clarke: ‘Lack of diversity makes me question whether the arts are for all’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I developed my craft at institutes such as Identity School of Acting, Battersea Arts Centre

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Careers Clinic: What scene do I need in my showreel? by John Byrne

My agent says that not having a showreel is making it hard for me to get screen work. Unfortunately, having no screen

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