Inspiring the Future of Theatre

Inspiring the Future of Theatre

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UK Theatre anSociety of London Theatre (SOLT) have embarked on a wide-reaching new industry initiative in partnership with Inspiring the Future, part of the charity Education and Employers.

Building on SOLT and UK Theatre’s recent Workforce Review, Inspiring the Future of Theatre aims to showcase the range of careers available in theatre to young people, and encourage and strengthen connections between schools and their local 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 have launched 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 make informed and ambitious career decisions. 

UK Theatre and SOLT are aiming to sign up 1000 Ambassadors to volunteer to visit a school to tell young people all about a career in the theatre.

This means you! #Inspiringfuturetheatre is an open invitation to everyone at every stage of their career, from all over the country and in all career paths to become an Ambassador.   

The aim is to tell young people about the broad range of theatre careers available to them and build a strong network between ambassadors, schools and theatres.  

If you’ve signed up already, thank you! We have put together a guidance pack containing various resources, advice and hints and tips for any school visits you are invited to.

If you haven’t signed up already...
Sign up here to be an Ambassador

 Inspiring the Future of Theatre launch event, Northstead Community Primary School, Scarborough. Photo: Pete Byrne Photography
Inspiring the Future of Theatre launch event, Northstead Community Primary School, Scarborough. Photo: Pete Byrne Photography
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Inspiring the Future of Theatre was officially launched on 11 July 2018 with an event at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough and a social media campaign which trended all day in the UK.

150 Year 6 pupils from Northstead Community Primary School and two surrounding schools (Overdale and St Peters) came together for a morning of activities, panel sessions and discussions led by staff from the nearby Stephen Joseph Theatre, as well as representatives from Hull Truck Theatre, Beach Hut Theatre, Northern Ballet and Qdos Entertainment – all based in the region. More information can be found in our press release.      

#InspiringFutureTheatre Day was also an opportunity for organisations and individuals in the theatre industry across the UK to highlight the amazing work they do to engage young people and schools in your community. Many of the country’s theatres, arts organisations and industry professionals shared their own inspirations, education work and career success stories.  Check out some of the  social media highlights from the day here.

 

The event on 11 July was the first of 15 flagship Inspiring the Future of Theatre events, focusing on areas of the UK prioritised for social mobility and cultural development. The theatres participating in future events with schools include Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hastings White Rock Theatre, Staffordshire’s New Vic, Cast in Doncaster, Peterborough’s Key Theatre, Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre and Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre – with more to be announced in different regions of the UK.

Sign up here to be an Ambassador

Inspiring the Future of Theatre event, Scarborough: Stephen Freeman,  Chief Executive of the Stephen Joseph Theatre with pupils at Northstead Community Primary School,. Photo: Pete Byrne Photography
Inspiring the Future of Theatre: Stephen Freeman, Chief Executive of Stephen Joseph Theatre, with pupils at Northstead Community Primary School, Scarborough. Photo: Pete Byrne Photography
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