There's a role for everyone in the theatre - but which job is right for you? Let's see if we can help...

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From our Box Office to the Paint Shop, our Marketing team to the Stage Crew, the range of careers in theatre is varied and we're always looking for new ways to help people experience those roles in person.

Work Placements

We're a busy theatre, so it's hard to offer work placements all year round, but when our departments do have an exciting project on the go, we do our best to make positions available.

From time to time, our backstage departments do host these experiences, which aim to provide learning opportunities for people who want experience alongside their higher education studies or after their university course. They're offered on an unpaid basis, they're not a contractual job.

Unfortunately we can't offer work experience in acting, but we often host workshops such as Play in A Day and Theatre Days. 

Find out more about our work placement scheme.

A backstage career

There are various routes into a career working backstage in a place like the RSC, and a lot depends on what area of backstage theatre you want to work in. Some jobs need qualifications, some need formal training, and others can be learned on the job by starting in an entry level position.   

The Conference of Drama Schools has published a guide to careers backstage (PDF). It contains an overall view of career structures within the different specialties and has details of training courses. 

Getintotheatre.org helps you find out about the huge variety of careers in the industry, career opportunities, work experience and training - and www.drama.ac.uk offer useful careers advice and guidance to accredited courses within the theatre industry.   

We've put together some career guidance notes (PDF downloads) on popular jobs at the RSC:

A career in performance 

If it's an onstage career you're really interested in, you probably already know that it's a fiercely competitive industry. And it's not all glitz and glamour either – most actors work extremely long hours, to demanding schedules. They can frequently experience long periods of unemployment. 

The Conference of Drama Schools have a Guide to Auditioning and Interviewing which you can download as a PDF.

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