Inspiring the Future of Theatre

Inspiring the Future of Theatre

What is Inspiring the Future of Theatre?

Inspiring the Future of Theatre is a campaign that aims to:

• showcase the range of careers available in theatre to young people, to build the future workforce

• encourage and strengthen connections between schools and their local theatres

• build audiences of the future

This involves people who work in theatre signing up to become a volunteer and donating 1 hour of their time per year to visit a local school’s careers event.

Who is Inspiring the Future of Theatre run by?

Inspiring the Future of Theatre is a partnership between charity Education and Employers and theatre membership bodies Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre. It forms part of SOLT and UK Theatre’s Workforce Development Strategy.

We also celebrate Inspiring Future Theatre Day in July, for the last three year we #InspiringFutureTheatre trended UK wide and made a big impact in making less visible roles more visible.

Read more about how to get involved below here - 

We are asking our colleagues across the industry to volunteer as Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors. Once signed up, Ambassadors will be invited to careers events in local schools. This is an open invitation to everyone who works in our industry, regardless of what stage in your career you are, or the role you do.

As of June 2019, 1,060 of you have signed up to be Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors, and you have directly reached over 51,000 young people. Thank you!

The aim is to show young people the range of roles available in the theatre and performing arts industry and to encourage them to consider it a viable career option. We are looking for volunteers at every stage of their career, from all over the country and in all career paths.

We have put together a guidance pack containing  various resources, advice and hints and tips for any school visits you are invited to. There is more information in the FAQ section below.

Sign up to be an Ambassador

Highlights from Inspiring Future Theatre Day 2019

#InspiringFutureTheatre is an annual celebration of the amazing work theatre professionals do across the UK to inspire young people, communities and schools. 

See the social media highlights from #InspiringFutureTheatre Day 2019

See the social media highlights from #InspiringFutureTheatre Day 2018

We want to make a big impact across social media to remind people just how important theatre is.

For the last 3 years #InspiringFutureTheatre trended UK-wide, and we want to repeat this success and spread the message on 14 July 2022

Join in on social media and tell the world about the amazing work you do to inspire young people in your community and schools, or who/what inspires you in your job. #InspiringFutureTheatre

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Share a video from a recent initiative
  • Share a trailer for an upcoming outreach programme
  • Share your education web page
  • Share details of your projects

Here is a guide for your marketing department for 14 July 2022

IFT Day July 14 Guide

To kick off the campaign, UK Theatre, SOLT and Education and Employers held Inspiring the Future of Theatre events around the UK, focusing on areas prioritised for social mobility and cultural development.

  • Pupils from St Albert's Primary School in Glasgow attended a morning of activities at Tramway, hosted by the Citizens Theatre.
  • Pupils from Nene and Ramnoth School in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire visited the Key Theatre for a backstage tour and workshops.
  • Theatre Royal Norwich hosted an afternoon of activities for 45 Year 5 pupils: a backstage tour, a marketing workshop designing posters, and informal chats with theatre staff volunteers.
  • Cast worked with Park Primary School in Doncaster over a two week period, culminating in Year 5 pupils staging a play about the Peasants Revolt.
  • Crowcombe Primary School in West Somerset hosted an event for 50 pupils aged 7-11, which was attended by volunteers from the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Colston Hall and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The event featured a panel session and lively classroom chats.
  • The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich worked with Year 5 and 6 pupils, running workshops, holding informal chats and taking part in a panel session.
  • The Sherman Theatre in Cardiff hosted 30 Year 3 pupils for a brilliant morning of workshops and a backstage tour.
  • Our launch event took place at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough. 150 Year 6 pupils from Northstead 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.
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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