Inspiring the future are passionate about introducing young people to the range of different jobs available to them, in as many industries as possible. Which is why they are pleased to announce our nationwide Inspiring the Future Theatre campaign, in partnership with UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) .
Building on SOLT and UK Theatre’s recent Workforce Review, Inspiring the Future of Theatre will aim to showcase the range of careers available in theatre to young people, and encourage and strengthen connections between schools and theatres.
Theatre and the performing arts are part of the creative industries, which are worth £92bn, and are growing at twice the rate of the economy. 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.
To achieve this ambitious project, SOLT, UK Theatre and Education and Employers are launching a drive to recruit industry ambassadors who will be matched with schools across the UK, taking part in events to lay the groundwork for young people to later make informed and ambitious career decisions.
President of the Society of London Theatre Kenny Wax started the call for ambassadors at this year’s Olivier Awards on 8 April; "Our goal is to sign up 1000 Ambassadors from across the industry, to include technicians, designers, actors, creatives and administrators – with particular emphasis on roles behind the curtain – to commit to visit a local school once a year to talk about what they do – to open the eyes of children and inspire them to consider a role in the theatre."
Inspiring the Future of Theatre will be officially launched on 11 July with events at schools around the country. As part of a broader celebration of the fantastic educational and careers work already taking place in the theatre industry, theatres will be encouraged to use the social media hashtag #InspiringFutureTheatre on 11 July to promote their own work towards closing skills gaps and broadening access to arts and cultural education.