Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (AWT) are proud to be part of the national Work in Theatre careers programme, in partnership with Get Into Theatre. Following a successful Arts Council funding bid, the Waterside is one of 15 Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) venues to be selected for the project, aiming to inspire and inform the next generation of theatre and live entertainment workforce, and the teachers who support them along the way.
The AWT Creative Learning team will be facilitating both local and national events to engage secondary school students, teachers and careers leads with the project – for more details or to book onto any of the activity, please email AylesburyCreativeLearning@theambassadors.com.
The first activity in this project is a Theatre Careers CPD (Continuing Professional Development) session for secondary school teachers, aiming to increase knowledge, insight and confidence to support their students when looking for further training, career opportunities, industry insight and more. Teachers will leave with ready-made lesson plans and a toolkit to help deliver dedicated theatre careers lessons for their pupils, whilst also increasing their knowledge to support GCSE and A-Level written exams. The CPD session includes refreshments, a theatre tour and the chance to network with other local teachers; all on the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre stage.
Following this, there will also be a Digital Conference for both Teachers and Careers Leads, with a focus on exploring a myriad of modern theatre careers and the varying routes, training opportunities and pathways into these roles. Expect engaging guest speakers and panelists from across the industry and have the chance to network with educators across the country.
Not all opportunities are for teachers. To provide further insight and inspiration for young people, a Work in Theatre Course will be held throughout April and May, giving the chance to further explore a range of careers and theatre departments. This hands-on course includes a range of practical workshops, insight talks, tours and Q&As within a range of departments including technical, front of house, marketing, programming, wardrobe and theatre management.
This course is usually £120, but thanks to Arts Council Funding, AWT will be able to offer some bursary-supported places, which can be applied for during the course application process. For more information on this, please contact AylesburyCreativeLearning@theambassadors.com.
Madeline Kimble, Creative Learning Officer for Aylesbury Waterside Theatre said of the projects: ‘Spreading awareness of the vast number of opportunities that are out there for young people is so important, and through building interest, engagement and support from the ground up, working with teachers and careers leads to facilitate a creative culture within schools, programmes like this can really help build the next creative generation.’