NEWS: Free careers fair for non-performance theatre celebrates tenth anniversary

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Registration for a free careers fair that focuses on the non-performance aspects of theatre has opened.

TheatreCraft 2015 takes place in the Royal Opera House on November 20, and celebrates the tenth anniversary of helping 16-24-year-olds get into the industry.

Harriet Usher, the TheatreCraft project manager, said: “The thing I love most about TheatreCraft is that it throws open the doors.

“It does away with the mystery of the industry and everyone works together as a sector to promote a diverse range of fascinating careers available.

“Forging a career in the arts takes huge dedication and TheatreCraft is an early step towards investing in yourself and your career.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to come together and learn about yourself and your future – when else are you going to have access to 2000 other like-minded people, all the same room?!”

The fair will have over 50 exhibitors, offering advice about getting into careers beyond the stage, such as stage management, marketing, and more technical specialities like lighting and sound.

There will be Q&As, workshop sessions throughout the day, and individual one-on-one ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions.

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, said: “I truly believe theatre in its wider sense has something in it for absolutely everyone and TheatreCraft will allow you to explore this.

“It is an amazing opportunity to come together and learn about your future.

“Theatre is all about people and their shared experiences.”

In 2014, over 1,200 people attended the careers fair.

TheatreCraft is organised by Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, Royal Opera House, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Society of London Theatre and Creative & Cultural Skills.

The full programme will be launched in September.

Registration for TheatreCraft 2015 is now open. For more information, click here.