The Ambassador Theatre Group receives over 1500 applications annually in London alone for Work Experience and Work Placement opportunities from individuals (and more from Work Experience Agencies). As the dates for Work Experience vary from school to school and college to college we are no longer able to accommodate everyone within our venues during term time.
However, as an alternative we offer a programme of West End Work In Theatre courses during the Easter and Summer holidays designed to give participants (aged 14 yrs+, no upper age limit) a broad taster of the work behind the scenes in a West End theatre.
The ATG West End Work In Theatre Course
Our 12 West End Theatres run a joint Work In Theatre Course offering four days during the Easter holiday, and a week during the Summer holiday. Please be aware that this is not just Work Experience as you might expect it. Rather than sit you in a quiet office and give you the joys of stuffing envelopes, ATG has created this course specifically for those of you interested in an ‘off stage’ career in Theatre.
What does it cover?
During each course you will spend 2 (Easter)/3 (Summer) days within one of our West End Theatres gaining hands on experience in areas such as Front of House, Box Office, Theatre Management, Backstage, some Lighting and Sound. The remaining days will be filled with workshops such as ‘being a West End Producer’, ‘Theatre Marketing’ and ‘Theatre Programming’. The intention is to give you a broad understanding of the mechanisms of West End Theatre, the roles available within the industry and a taster of the reality of the roles in order for you to fully understand what goes on behind a production.
The next Work in Theatre course will take place in London’s West End during the Easter holidays 2017. The dates for the Easter and Summer WIT courses for 2017 are as follows:
“It’s honestly been exceptional and extraordinary, everyone was so welcoming and willing to share their knowledge and expertise and I can’t express how much I’ve learned.” Participant Work In Theatre Summer 2016
“I found the whole course thought provoking and it has helped me hugely in having a better understanding of all the different aspects of working in theatre. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in the course as I realise how competitive it is.” Participant Work In Theatre Summer 2016
“It’s made me even more determined to have a career in theatre one day, and thanks to this course, I’ve now got so many valuable contacts – I’ve loved every second!” Participant Work in Theatre Summer 2016
The cost for the West End Work In Theatre Easter 2017 course is £100 per person and Summer 2017 is £125 per person (participants will not need to pay for tickets to the show they see during the course), there are limited subsidised places available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to apply for a subsidy.
Please note, as most of our theatres are receiving venues we do not have the following departments in-house: costume, make-up, production or some specific technical stage management work. If you are interested in gaining experience in these areas specifically, you need to contact a producing theatre.
Useful links if you want to know more about a career in theatre
> Vacancies – Visit the ATG recruitment page for details of current vacancies and internships.
> Creative and Cultural Skills Creative Choices website – background information on careers in theatre, work experience, current opportunities and training.
> Official London Theatre – details of workshops and education programmes offered by theatres and organisations across London
> For a list of accredited Drama schools please Drama UK