Our graduates enter a wide range of sectors including the Theatre, Media, Marketing and PR, Museums and Education.
Pathways to employability
We support our students in a number of ways so that they can create their own pathways to employability. These modes of support include:
- Student Careers and Skills offers advice and training sessions on skills development, work placements, developing your CV and runs events for particular sectors e.g. Working in Radio, Film and TV (for further details see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/scs )
- Dedicated careers sessions run by the department
- Annual Alumni Events, where current students can learn from the experience and advice of past Theatre and Performance Graduates.
- Established collaborations with local, national and international companies to provide work experience placement opportunities for current students and recent graduates.
Recent graduate employment includes:
Professional Directors – The Royal Court, Cheek by Jowl Theatre makers – Fell Swoop Theatre, Whole Hog, Superbolt, Interacting Actors – Misfits (E4) and The Village (BBC), Ghost: The Musical (West End) Production Assistant - Cameron Mackintosh Arts Administrator – Midlands Arts Centre Assistant Producer – BBC 6 Music Marketing Assistant – Symphony Hall, Birmingham Drama Teachers and Youth Workers - various
For more information on how the Careers service can help you realize your career aspirations see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/scs
For information on Drama Schools see: http://www.drama.ac.uk/
Since I graduated from Warwick’s BA Theatre and Performance studies course I’ve been working fulltime as the Assistant Director for C&T Applied Theatre Company, a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. Specializing in combining process drama pedagogical frameworks with digital technology, my work with C&T has taken me all over the world. If you’re interested in finding out more about the company visit www.candt.org
I regularly travel to New York, Kenya, Singapore, China, Japan and across Europe. The knowledge of world theatre, intercultural performance and interdisciplinary practice, as well as the opportunity to creatively experiment that my Warwick Undergraduate degree provided me, have been invaluable to my professional life.
Over the last two years I have also been undertaking an MA at Warwick in Theatre Education Studies part-time. This has been immensely rewarding, so I can personally attest to the value of postgraduate education if that’s something you’re considering! My only advice would be to decide exactly what knowledge and skills you want to develop before embarking on an MA.
The arts are a very difficult profession to get started within, and it can seem very daunting. Despite this many of my friends from my year at Warwick have since gone into jobs at the Battersea Arts Centre, The Globe and further study at Yale. Your degree from Warwick will set you out from the crowd and open up opportunities, it’s just up to you to make the most of them.
Since leaving Warwick, I have completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and now work as a Paralegal within Financial Services and Litigation at Macfarlanes LLP in London. I work on the Financial Conduct Authority's review into the historic mis-sale of Interest Rate Hedging Products, which are forms of derivative sold by Banks before the financial crash. I have also completed various internships in family law, media law, commercial litigation and aviation, so I've had a fair bit of experience across sectors.
Law is a dynamic and challenging career, and I absolutely love it. I particularly enjoy working off a strict legal framework (like a statute) and being able to create an argument to best fit the client therefore allowing me to get in touch with my creative side.
I am still in search of a Training Contract, which is a two year traineeship within a law firm before you are considered a qualified solicitor. I am hoping that Macfarlanes may offer me one - we shall see!
I am still not sure which area of law I would like to qualify into; but I don't need to decide until qualification, so I have at least two years. I thoroughly enjoy working in financial services, but commercial litigation is also of interest to me because of the analytical skills required in reviewing a document and deciding a line (or lines) or argument. This is my favourite aspect of the job- formulating those initial opinions and deciding on an approach, which are both skills I learnt during my degree.
Nick is the Assistant Producer and Schools Tour Producer at Cardboard Citizens. He is responsible for the production of Cardboard Citizens’ Forum Theatre Tour to Hostels, Day Centres and Prisons across the UK. He is currently producing Meta, a Forum Theatre play about the neuroscience of the adolescent brain, which will tour to East London state schools in February and March. He is part of Cardboard Citizens Programme Team, working to support the needs of Cardboard Citizens members and participants.
Since completing an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Performance Studies and then an MA in International Performance Studies Nick has worked in a variety of producing and project management roles across the Arts and Charity sector.
Nick’s career began at Warwick when, through a placement on the MA course, he was given the chance to work with Coventry based site-specific company Talking Birds. He subsequently worked with several theatre companies across the UK before moving back to London where he took on project management roles for third sector and charitable organisations, including The Big Issue Foundation and Speakers for Schools.
Over the past three years Nick has worked for Comedy Promoter Mick Perrin Worldwide as a freelance Event Manager, managing the day to day production of 15 shows at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He is currently interested in developing long term participatory arts programmes with marginalised communities.
Since graduating from Warwick in 2012, I worked briefly for the National Youth Theatre before taking up an Administrator post at mac Birmingham (Midlands Art Centre). In January 2014, I moved to my current role of Education Programmes Co-ordinator at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
My job involves looking after our extensive workshop programme in Stratford-upon-Avon, which can see us delivering up to 80 workshops per month with students from Key Stage 1 right up to undergraduates on any Shakespeare play. I also help to co-ordinate our onstage education events including Sixth Form Conferences, Insight Into sessions and Primary Open Days. I’m also currently working towards a Schools Performance Festival based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in June/July 2016.
The part of my job I love the most is working on our Schools’ Broadcasts. Three times a year, we broadcast our stage productions directly into schools across the UK for free, offering thousands of students the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s work and give them the chance to ask actors and members of the creative team questions in a live Q&A afterwards.
In addition to my role at the RSC, throughout 2014 I was also a board member of IdeasTap.
During my third year, I applied on a slight whim to the graduate scheme of Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, the largest advertising agency in the UK. I miraculously jumped through all the hoops - and joined them in September 2014, shortly after graduating. Since then, I’ve been working on the team responsible for all of Mercedes-Benz UK's TV, print, outdoor, radio, digital, social and experiential advertising for a year and a half, and am also lucky enough to co-ordinate the agency’s graduate recruitment application and interview process.
In addition to my advertising day job, I co-founded a theatre company (Tit4Twat) with the other members of my independent research project group. We’re continuing to perform LOSERS in venues around the UK, a participatory performance originally created and performed in Milburn as our final practical dissertation. Following a month-long residency in East London and a headline slot at last year’s Camden Fringe, we’re also now beginning to think about a follow-up piece - which’ll again likely fuse elements of interactive theatre, live art and cabaret, areas that have always particularly interested me.
As co-artistic director of FellSwoop Theatre in Bristol, I have worked with several international artists including BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Sylvain Chomet (film director - France) and Man Booker Prize nominee Patrick DeWitt (author – Canada). I have participated in numerous national and international festivals including the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), Frinje Madrid (Spain) and the Edinburgh Fringe (UK) where the company won the NSDF award for Best Emerging Company 2011 and was shortlisted for the Peter Brook Award 2015.
After training at RADA and Warwick University, I became an associate director of Peter Brook (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord) and Declan Donnellan (Cheek by Jowl), touring their work abroad with venues and festivals including the Perth International Festival (Australia), Hong-Kong Performing Arts Festival (China) and Sibiu International Festival (Romania). I was recently invited to take part as a freelance director at the International FIND festival in Berlin and Festival/Tokyo where I wrote several articles.
I graduated from Warwick University in 2012 and shortly afterwards I was lucky enough to win Best Newcomer at the Student Radio Awards. I then did a month long work experience placement at BBC Radio 6 Music working across a whole range of shows: daytime, weekend and specialist. After working hard, showing lots of enthusiasm and making hundreds of cups of tea, I was kept on as a freelance Assistant Producer, deputising any staff sickness or leave on all programmes. I also began freelancing at BBC Radio 2 and producing the BBC Introducing in Kent show. I then began presenting the BBC Introducing in Kent show in December 2013 and am still loving doing that right now!
This year I got my first staff contract at the BBC and have been working on the Steve Lamacq Show at 6 Music for the last 11 months. From next month, I’ll be back freelancing and working across a variety of shows at both BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra and I’m really looking forward to it!
Sarah Penny is a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick and was the Assistant Administrator of IFTR 2014. Sarah is writing her thesis on amateur performances in the Royal Navy at sea. This research is part of the AHRC funded project ‘Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space’, which involves a collaboration between investigators from the University of Warwick, Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Exeter.
Sarah received her B.A in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick. She also received an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for her Masters in International Performance Research, which she completed with distinction at the University of Amsterdam in 2012.
• Graduated 2005
• Began professional work as an actor in 2006
• Worked part-time as an agent 2008 – 2011
• Worked freelance as an assistant to Curve’s Executive Producer in Autumn/Winter 2011
• Appointed Assistant Producer, Participation and Learning in January 2012
• Appointed Producer, Participation and Learning in November 2013
• Appointed Producer in November 2014
Formally responsible for producing Curve’s offstage programme; ensuring that all areas are properly financially resourced and staffed. Work included an education programme engaging approximately three hundred schools in the city and county; a comprehensive artist development scheme – from youth theatres through to affiliated artists/companies from the UK and abroad; production of all community engagement work including partnerships with local community arts organisations, a large scale community musical and a comprehensive workshop programme.
In November 2014 I was asked to become the producer for Curve’s on-stage work, including in-house productions and the visiting programme. As a result I now look after the majority of programming, managing around four hundred performances from touring companies/year and producing an average of six shows/year.
I've been working in Arts Marketing for Regional Theatres for over 3 years. This involves implementing strategic marketing activity for up to 50 productions a year, as well as promoting all of the services that the Theatre provides (education, catering, set building, audience development etc). My degree at Warwick gave me an excellent understanding of the contemporary theatrical landscape, knowing the theatrical process and also giving me the extra-curricular opportunities to work on the marketing for student productions and WSAF as well as working on the Box Office at the Belgrade Theatre while studying.
After graduating in 2012 I escaped to Austria on a ski season (after a very brief stint as a make-up artist). I then worked at Theatre Royal Plymouth for two and a half years as a Marketing Officer specialising in Audience Development and am now Deputy Marketing Manager for Richmond Theatre.
Working in Arts Marketing is incredibly varied and challenging. I’ve worked with loads of different people and on some of the most famous productions in the world. Through my job I have stood on a West End stage, attended the world-famous Glyndebourne festival and once took the cast of Shrek on a rampage of a shopping centre in full costume! If you’re thinking about a career that puts you right in the thick of the theatre I would definitely recommend marketing, sitting inside a full theatre when you’ve been responsible for selling the tickets is a really great feeling!
I completed my undergraduate degree in English and Theatre Studies at Warwick in 2011. Many of my fellow graduates were quite happy to wave farewell to their formal education and start their careers in various exciting industries, while I had the nagging feeling that I was only just getting started. In between stints as a home care worker, box office receptionist, call centre operator and cleaner, I earned an MA by Research from the Theatre Studies department at Warwick in 2013, and returned once more in 2014 to begin a PhD full time. My current research is on the mediatisation of magic, how such an old form of performance has come to thrive in this era of screens and surfaces. As well as researching and writing my thesis, which takes up most of my working day, I teach seminars on the first-year module Performance Analysis. Since enrolling, I have also started working for a charity encouraging pupils from less privileged backgrounds to attend university, co-organised a symposium attended by my colleagues from many departments in the Arts Faculty, presented my work at an international conference, and begun working on a project developing teaching practices for post-graduate researchers. PhD life is great!
CRM & Research Manager Curve theatre, Leicester
During university I worked at NEC Group and Theatre Royal Nottingham as a Marketing Intern, then after graduating, I took a position as Marketing Assistant for Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham before moving to Curve theatre as a Communications Officer a year later. In these roles I was involved with the planning and implementation of online and offline marketing campaign activity, and began to develop skills in CRM and campaign analysis.
After a year at Curve theatre, I was promoted to Senior Communications Officer, and then more recently to CRM & Research Manager. In this role I use data from our ticket office system to identify trends and anomalies in sales patterns, customer behaviour and demographics. I provide insight to the programming team to assist them with programming decisions, commercial teams to identify areas that we can improve yield or customer spend, and to the communications team to identify successful marketing campaign activity and who this activity attracts. In April I will begin a new stage in my career, starting work as CRM & Data Insight Manager for Southbank Centre in London.
After finishing university I initially spent some time travelling before moving into a warehouse in Hackney. We were a group of nine, all creatives living in what used to be Hackney Boxing Gym. I spent some time interning at a theatre as a production assistant and paying the bills with any old hospitality or temping I could get my hands on. I would come home each night and talk with my friends about the projects I wanted to be creating. One day we stopped talking and decided to DO. That's when Marbles & Ware Collective was born.
MARBLES & WARE is an East London based collective of artists, performers, musicians, designers, film makers, photographers and creatives. We produce theatrical, interactive events and happenings which platform the work of young, creative talent. We were born out of our warehouse studios in 2014 as a means of uniting and utilising the imaginations and skills of the beautifully bonkers family we had found ourselves in.
For the past two years we have been collecting artists, performers and musicians from the festival circuit and an increasing network of London-based creatives and producing out of the ordinary events, happenings, films and parties.
At our core is a belief in the power of collaboration. The more imaginations you have working under one roof, under one concept, the better. Tash and I (the Marbles Sisters) run the day-to-day happenings at our studio HQ, combining extensive artistic, theatrical and events management experience to create unforgettable, one-off experiences for industries and individuals.
Our flagship events are a pop-up auction and marketplace- Bidders Bizarre and The Bizarre Bazaar. Both celebrate our delight of the eccentric and theatrical. We have collaborated with the likes of Secret Cinema, Artlyst, Arts for India Charity, Meadows in the Mountains festival, LOST festival, Pete the Monkey Festival, Bearded Butler and Slap Ya Papa supper club.
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Teaching is a career filled with challenges and extraordinary rewards. Teachers lead and encourage learning through engagement and conversation. You could make a difference every day and inspire the next generation.
Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Centre for Professional Education (CPE) at the University of Warwick offers a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course specialising in teaching drama to 11-18 year olds. Our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is also popular with drama graduates and allows you to teach 0-5 year olds. We work in partnership with over 300 partner schools and have a 99% employment rate upon graduation.