Think Theatre

Explore the world of theatre careers.

There are hundreds of different jobs in this industry and only one of them is acting.

From lighting, sound and wigs to stage management and the scenic workshop, to fundraising and education, from HR and Finance, IT, Legal, Fundraising, Marketing and Press there are plenty of opportunities in the theatre industry.

Courses and qualifications
Here are the stories of how some RSC staff ended up working in theatre.
There's great advice about theatre careers to be had at or get ideas for courses on the UCAS website with everything from technical theatre to IT.

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  • Think Theatre trailer

    Think Theatre trailer

    Watch the original trailer made for the launch of Think Theatre.

  • Actor


    An RSC actor talks about how they became an actor and their impressions of being part of the RSC ensemble.

  • Box Office

    Box Office

    Working in the Box Office your job is to sell tickets to the public. Here the RSC's Head of Box Office describes his work.

  • Casting


    People skills, creative instinct and persuasion skills are essential to a career in casting. Here the RSC's Head of Casting describes her career journey.

  • Costume


    Whether it is making a tailored suit for a modern drama or a traditional Elizabethan doublet and hose, making costumes is a painstaking and highly skilled task. Here a member of the RSC Costume Department talks about her role.

  • Education


    Educational activities are core to many theatre companies. Here an RSC Education practioner described how their journey into theatre evolved.

  • Finance


    Being good with figures is only one aspect of working within a theatre finance department. Here a member of the RSC's Finance team describes her role.  

  • Front of house

    Front of house

    Apart from the actors, Front of house staff have the most direct contact with the public. Offering diverse challenges, this role requires you to be a real 'people person'.

  • Lighting


    Much of the mood of a production is manipulated and controlled by the Lighting Department. Requiring technical skills, this role also needs a keen artistic eye.

  • Press


    A theatre press officer's work is essential to giving a theatre the profile it needs and to keep the public and stakeholders aware of news and developments. Here an RSC Press Officer describes her journey from usherette to a busy press team.

  • Scenic workshop

    Scenic workshop

    A member of the Scenic Workshop talks about their three-year apprenticeship that lead to them becoming a carpenter at the RSC, and describes the creative input they have in to our productions.

  • Sound


    The mood and emotion of a production owe much to the careful weaving of sound effects into the storyline. Here an RSC Sound technician provides an incite into this challenging career.

  • Stage management

    Stage management

    On a day-to-day basis the Stage Manager is in charge of the smooth running of a produciton. Requiring a high degreee of organsiational ability, you must be calm under pressure in order to do this vital role.

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