The Old Vic Theatre, London, is an important port of call for young talent interested in drama and theatre. The Old Vic is one of the world’s best known theatres – a brand and a building that carries a history and reputation that continues to nurture and grow under the artistic directorship of Kevin Spacey.
“As important to us as what goes on stage is Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) which nurtures talent, inspires young people and opens up our theatre. We develop the next generation of theatre practitioners, many of whom go on to get major commissions, directing posts, senior management positions and become household names. We also offer access and insights into theatre making for all ages and experiences, and create ambitious, innovative productions.”
Check out the website, follow them on Twitter @oldvicnewvoices and read about all the initiatives and events they organise. The 24 Hour Plays is a must-see and must-get-involved!
IdeasTap is an arts charity for young, creative people at the start of their careers.
Whether it’s funding, jobs, career development, advice or creative collaborators you need, they can help – whatever your discipline. They work with major arts organisations to bring our members incredible, exclusive opportunities – from commissions to competitions, funding to training. They have a great website for all those interested in the Arts – details of events, workshops, interviews, offers, and a really useful page for young actors where you can:
You can also keep an eye out for events, sign up for free headshots and workshops at their career Spa – and connect with their partners, including the National Theatre, the National Youth Theatre, National Student Drama Festival, The Lowry, The Bush, and many more.
At National Youth Theatre we inspire, train, and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians aged 14-25 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Each year we reach out across the UK to discover diverse new talent.
The National Youth Theatre is one of the UK’s most exciting opportunities for young talent keen to explore the craft of theatre, both on and off the stage. I help many students prepare for their NYT applications and auditions. Please read more here about the audition timetable and process and download their FAQ here.
Contact details: National Youth Theatre, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0DT
T: 020 3696 7066 · E: email@example.com
The Excellent Audition Guide by Hurtwood House School’s Director in Residence Andy Johnson is a must-read for anyone thinking of applying to drama schools. This book, combined with one-to-one tuition, will undoubtedly give you or your child a head start along the path to a life in performance.
“An engaging, upbeat guide for any student thinking of applying to drama school. In The Excellent Audition Guide, experienced actor, director and drama teacher Andy Johnson leads you through every step of the application process: researching schools, writing personals statements and CVs, audition fees and travel, choosing and working on your pieces, brushing up technical and vocal skills, learning about Shakespearean verse, and finally the auditions themselves.
A reassuring, encouraging ‘how to’ book that demystifies an often scary-looking process, The Excellent Audition Guide is ideal not just for the students themselves, but also for parents, teachers and careers advisors looking to help them fulfill their acting ambitions.”
“Hurtwood has the largest and most professional theatre department of any school in the country, and has taken drama to a standard previously thought unachievable at this level.“
For a remarkable sixth-form education please visit the Hurtwood House website or download this brochure to discover more about the school, its ethos, results and excellence in performing arts.