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.
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.
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