Agreement to raise the curtain on careers in theatre

An agreement between Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Playhouse will provide more opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to build careers in theatre, its associated arts, and business.

An agreement between Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Playhouse will provide more opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to build careers in theatre, its associated arts, and business.

The 12 month agreement will explore how access to careers in the theatre industry can be widened to include more young people from the local area, with consideration to a foundation course linked to higher education provision at Nottingham Trent University.

It will explore how existing student design projects between the University and the theatre – such as in theatre design and costume design – can offer a broader range of work-related experiences.

More than 25 work experience opportunities will be created which are linked to other courses such as marketing, publicity, journalism, data analysis, events management, operational management and more.

The agreement will aim to further enhance the energy efficiency of the theatre with opportunities for students to monitor the building's performance and propose energy-reducing measures. The potential for joint-bidding for funds to enhance the theatre's eco-credentials and further the University's research will also be explored.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, said: "Young people from all backgrounds in life should have the opportunity to follow their ambitions. So we're proud to sign this agreement with Nottingham Playhouse, as it will provide a platform for disadvantaged young people from the local area to pursue careers in the theatre industry.

"At the same time, this agreement will enhance Nottingham Trent University's curriculum by providing students from various disciplines with excellent work experience opportunities and enable them to apply their skills in a live, working environment.

"And not only will this agreement be of benefit to our students, but we believe that by these increased resources being given to one of the city's leading theatres, it will help enrich Nottingham's cultural offering."

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse, said: "Nottingham Playhouse has been employing Nottingham Trent University's excellent graduates for many years.

"We are now looking especially at people from backgrounds that may not have previously considered a career in the arts. This partnership will help us to ensure that a wider range of people get access to first rate training and work experience."

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Agreement to raise the curtain on careers in theatre

Published on 5 October 2016
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