Theatre Workforce Review

Theatre Workforce Review

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Theatre Workforce Review - Full Report (including foreword and executive summary)


In partnership with Society of London Theatre (SOLT), UK Theatre commissioned Nordicity, working with Alistair Smith, Editor of The Stage, to carry out a major research project into the current and future training needs of the theatre and performing arts sector.

The Theatre Workforce Review was published on 22 June 2017. It will help us to work with employers, and government, to ensure we have the right skills and expertise in place for our industry to thrive.       

Foreword and Executive Summary  

Press release 

The UK Theatre and SOLT workforce development strategy will be based on the evidence of the current and future training needs of our workforce presented in the Off Stage Workforce Review delivered by Nordicity, working with Alistair Smith.

The strategy will aim to ensure that the appropriate skills and expertise are in place for theatre and the performing arts to thrive twenty years from now, and to improve the diversity of the theatre and performing arts workforce, and address long-term culture change in the professional development of the theatre and the performing arts industry.

The workforce strategy is likely to be carried out over several years, include multiple areas of work and involve a wide range of stakeholders.

A consortium of industry employers and sector bodies has been formed to help us shape the work. It includes Anna Williams – Birmingham Royal Ballet, Caro Newling, Robert West- Creative and Cultural Skills, Emma Rees – London Theatre Consortium, Richard Oriel - Disney, Jo Pitman – Royal Shakespeare Company, John Durnin – Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Michelle Carwardine-Palmer – National Theatre Wales, Deborah Sawyerr – Theatre Royal Stratford East, Prema Mehta – Freelance Lighting Designer.  

UK Theatre and SOLT will update on progress throughout the lifetime of the project.

Click here to download our Workforce Development Strategy: Summary of Objectives  

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.

Find out more here.

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