Inspiring the Future of Theatre

Inspiring the Future of Theatre

Inspiring the Future of Theatre is a wide-reaching industry initiative which aims to show young people the range of careers available in theatre, and to encourage and strengthen connections between schools and their local theatres.

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Inspiring the Future of Theatre was launched in July 2018 by SOLT and UK Theatre in partnership with charity Education and Employers.

The campaign forms part of SOLT and UK Theatre's Workforce Development Strategy. Theatre and the performing arts are part of the creative industries, the fastest growing part of the UK economy. They contribute £101.5 billion in gross value added (GVA). UK Theatre and SOLT believe that if the sector is to continue to thrive, it must draw on the talent base, and build audiences, from all areas of society.

You can get involved in three ways:

1. Volunteer to visit a local school

We are asking our colleagues across the industry to volunteer as Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors. Once signed up, Ambassadors will be invited to careers events in local schools. This is an open invitation to everyone who works in our industry, regardless of what stage in your career you are, or the role you do. As of March 2019, 1,021 of you have signed up to be Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors, and you have directly reached over 41,000 young people.

2. Take part in a flagship event

During the first year of the campaign, UK Theatre, SOLT and Education and Employers are coordinating careers events in schools and theatres around the country. Seven events have already taken place, with eight more in the pipeline.

3. Support #InspiringFutureTheatre day on social media

Join us on social media on 3 July 2019 and use #InspiringFutureTheatre to tell the industry what you do to engage young people, communities and schools.

Please see the tabs below for more information.

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As of March 2019, 1,021 of you have signed up to be Inspiring the Future of Theatre Ambassadors, and you have directly reached over 41,000 young people. Thank you! 

The aim is to show young people the range of roles available in the theatre and performing arts industry and to encourage them to consider it a viable career option. We are looking for volunteers at every stage of their career, from all over the country and in all career paths.

We have put together a guidance pack containing various resources, advice and hints and tips for any school visits you are invited to. There is more information in the FAQ section below.


Inspiring the Future of Theatre was officially launched on 11 July 2018 with an event at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough and a social media campaign which trended all day in the UK. The day was an opportunity for organisations and individuals in the theatre industry across the UK to highlight the amazing work they do to engage young people and schools in your community. Many of the country’s theatres, arts organisations and industry professionals shared their own inspirations, education work and career success stories. Check out some of the social media highlights from the day.

#InspiringFutureTheatre Day will be returning on 3 July 2019.

UK Theatre, SOLT and Education and Employers are coordinating flagship Inspiring the Future of Theatre events around the UK, focusing on areas prioritised for social mobility and cultural development.

Seven events have already taken place, with more in the pipeline for Oldham, Hastings, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Blackpool, Bradford and Glasgow. The year of events will culminate in London on 3 July 2019, which is also #InspiringFutureTheatre day.

Past Events:
  • Pupils from Nene and Ramnoth School in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire visited the Key Theatre in March 2019 for a backstage tour and workshops.
  • In March 2019 Theatre Royal Norwich hosted an afternoon of activities for 45 Year 5 pupils: a backstage tour, a marketing workshop designing posters, and informal chats with theatre staff volunteers.
  • Cast worked with Park Primary School in Doncaster over a two week period in February 2019, culminating in Year 5 pupils staging a play about the Peasants Revolt.
  • Crowcombe Primary School in West Somerset hosted an event for 50 pupils aged 7-11, which was attended by volunteers from the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Colston Hall and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The event featured a panel session and lively classroom chats and took place in January 2019.
  • The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich worked with Year 5 and 6 pupils in November 2018; running workshops, holding informal chats and taking part in a panel session.
  • In October 2018 the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff hosted 30 Year 3 pupils for a brilliant morning of workshops and a backstage tour.
  • Our launch event took place in July 2018 at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough. 150 Year 6 pupils from Northstead and two surrounding schools (Overdale and St Peters) came together for a morning of activities, panel sessions and discussions led by staff from the nearby Stephen Joseph Theatre, as well as representatives from Hull Truck Theatre, Beach Hut Theatre, Northern Ballet and Qdos Entertainment – all based in the region. More information can be found in our press release.
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