I'm in high school and last year I started getting really into tech theatre and now I;m stage managing shows and stuff. I think I want to continue doing this, but I;m not sure where I could go to school. my dream school is NYU, but I don't think I could afford it. Any recommendations?
Thanks, for asking. Well i’m from the Uk so I couldn’t give you specific advice on the school, however what I would say is from my experience you don’t have to have a school degree to work in theatre.
I did stage managment work before i decided i wasnted to do tech so i have a bit of exsperiance in both. Here in England I did a general Drama degree, and while I was there I met a group of people who were starting a theatre company, so I got in with them and ended up being there company stage manager and this took me on a UK tours and I worked on several shows and i got great experience from it
I also wrote letters to theatres asking for work experience while I was at university and as a result ended up doing some Stage Management work at the Royal Court Theatre in London
Also the tech job I have now i got by shadowing (working for free) for a few months untill i got enough exsperiance to begin working there properly and began getting paid
So basicalty, its worth putting yourself out there and getting the experience is as usefull as taking a spesific degree if you can’t afford it, and even if you do go to school, its defiantly worth doing it also. The more experience you get the better, and theatre’s tend to be happy to let people work for free and get some training. On the other hand if you don’t hear back from a theatre then don’t let it put you off (I sent about 20 letters to theatres and only heard back from 2, but it ended up being the best placment I could ask for)
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