Next Generation: talent development programme

Next Generation gives talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to explore a career in acting, directing or working backstage.

Young people taking part in our Backstage Pass work experience programme
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From actors and make-up artists, to technicians and props makers, the world you see on stage at the RSC is created by a huge pool of talented people.

We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers, but recognise that young people from low-income backgrounds remain under-represented across the industry.

From the first ever RSC young company of actors, to discovering the next generation of directors, stage managers and theatre specialists, RSC Next Generation, is a unique talent development programme. It gives gifted young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to gain experience and explore whether a career in the theatre is for them.

Programme Structure

Next Generation is made up of three strands:   

  • ACT: Up to 24 talented youngsters aged 13-18 will join Next Generation to hone and develop their skills as actors.
  • DIRECT: For young people aged 18+ who demonstrate the obvious creative leadership and directing skills needed to take a play from page to stage.
  • BACKSTAGE: Continuing our successful current 'Backstage Pass' programme, each year 40-50 students aged 13-18 get the chance to discover what goes on behind the scenes to bring each production to life.

When does it start?

Next Generation will begin in full during the 17/18 academic year.

How do you apply? 

Participants in the programme will be recruited from the thousands of young people who attend (or have attended) our 500+ associate and partner schools nationwide, in communities that are under-represented in the cultural industries.

FAQ Next Generation

  • When does the programme actually start?

  • Can anyone apply to be part of it?

  • What will the recruitment process involve?

  • How will you select the final participants?

  • Is it open to the whole of the UK?

  • Will they be guaranteed jobs with you at the end of it?

Find out more about Backstage Careers

In collaboration with Google Expeditions, RSC Education has created a virtual tour of some of the backstage areas at the RSC, which takes users on a journey behind the scenes to learn about the Company’s history, discover what’s involved in staging a full-scale production and explore some of the many careers backstage.

The RSC Backstage Pass Google Expedition enables students to step into the shoes of some of the staff at the RSC to find out what they do to help bring productions to life. To access the app, download Google Expeditions from Google Play and select the RSC Backstage Pass Expedition. 

 

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