We are working with Samsung to create a series of films exploring the theatre careers you can pursue off stage.

When you think of a career in the theatre, chances are you think first about the actors performing on the stage. But there are hundreds of other roles that make these shows possible, from the Designers who dream up the costumes and sets, to the Marketing Teams who excite audiences about the new productions.

Since 2015, we have worked closely with Samsung UK to inspire the future generation of innovators and creators through Shakespeare and technology, including most recently with the award-winning Romeo and Juliet takeover at Welcombe Hills School. Together, we have created this series of films to help you find out more about backstage roles in the theatre, and the people who do them.

First up, we take you into the worlds of Directors and Designers.

Abigail Sewell smiles at the camera.


In this film, our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman describes a Director as "the person that brings together often quite a big group of people, a team of people, to do their best work in order to tell a story to an audience."

Find out what Directors from around the country, including freelance Director Abigail Sewell (pictured), think is important to being a good Director and what advice they would give to someone who wants to pursue this career.

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Designer Anisha Fields in her workshop.


"It's the Designer's job to work with the Director to imagine the world in which the play takes place." Dreaming up the costumes and sets that create the look of the production, Designers have to be both creative and practical in order to turn their visions into reality.

This film shows what's involved in getting sets and costumes from the original design stage onto the actual stage, and Designer Anisha Fields (pictured) answers questions about her work.

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We will be adding new films from this series later in the year, looking at careers in Marketing and Press, Lighting, Education and Digital.


Samsung has supported the RSC since 2015. The partnership forms a part of Samsung’s commitment to Enabling People by empowering future generations to achieve their full potential through education. Through a number of educational programmes worldwide, Samsung’s mission is to create more inclusive, quality learning experiences for young people across society, enabling them to become pioneers of positive social change. Find out more about Samsung’s UK initiatives (external link).

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