Working your way into theatre

What is it?
Throughout the month of November 2007, 24 theatres across the country opened their doors to young people to deliver 32 interactive events and workshops highlighting careers in theatre.

The aim was to enable young people aged 15+ to be made aware of employment and participatory opportunities in theatre, particularly those relating to backstage, technical and front of house.

Each venue staged a unique and bespoke event with a variety of regional and national partners.

Who was involved?
Key partners included: Theatrical Management Association (TMA), Independent Theatre Council (ITC), Society of London Theatres (SOLT), Conference of Drama Schools, BECTU, regional theatres, Arts Award, Education Business Partnership, NCDT, SMA, NAYT, regional touring theatre companies, regional vocational learning / education providers.

Open Doors was project managed by Dorothy James, Gary Hills and Joanna Ridout.

Evaluation of Open Doors was undertaken by Audiences Central and associates Kate Organ and Claire Smith.

What are the outcomes?
The events were a great success and all partners have been actively involved in evaluation and legacy discussions to scope out a continuation of the pilots and their role in improving information, advice and guidance (IAG) for young people.

Another legacy of Open Doors is to scope support opportunities for careers advisors, teachers and other professionals to advise and guide young people in future work-based learning developments and the 14–19 creative and media diploma.

What next?
There is great enthusiasm in the industry for Open Doors to become ongoing and legacy discussions are considering the possibility of another series of events in 2009.

How can I find out more?