National Theatre runs free online training courses for young people

Young people are being given a golden opportunity to learn theatre-making skills in free virtual courses.
National Theatre is offering young people courses in how to be a producer or a technician. Photo by Emma Hare.National Theatre is offering young people courses in how to be a producer or a technician. Photo by Emma Hare.
National Theatre is offering young people courses in how to be a producer or a technician. Photo by Emma Hare.

Applications are now open for the How to be a Producer and Young Technicians’ programmes, running in early 2021. These online courses, spearheaded by the National Theatre, provide a chance for young people to receive mentoring from industry professionals.

How to be a Producer for 16-21-year-olds is led by Tobi Kyeremateng, producer and founder of the Black Ticket Project alongside producers from the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Young Vic and many more. The online course will explore the role of producer and what it takes to produce cultural events, including in digital form, through interactive tutorials and problem-solving activities including budgeting and project management. The course will take place across evenings in February 2021 and 50% of places will be available for young Black people.

The Young Technicians’ programme will be led by the National Theatre’s expert technical teams to introduce the basics of lighting, sound and video through digitally delivered practical workshops, demonstrations and Q&As all delivered online. Participants will receive mini equipment kits to take part in hands-on challenges and learn practical skills. This course is open to 14-18-year olds and will run from January to March 2021.

These programmes are free to take part in. Places will be prioritised for young people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, from working class backgrounds and/or with disabilities. Added support will be provided for young people at risk of digital exclusion.

To find out more details or apply for the courses, go to www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/young-people

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