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John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM: In the 1990s, I was developing quite a successful career in musical theatre, which got put on hold when I had my...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage how does a graduating actor best get his foot in the door and make his mark? #dear — Rob Hadden (@RobHadden) July 20,...
Instead of trying to be ‘confident’, performers should just try to be prepared. Photo: Dmytro

Confidence. How many times in your career have you been told that you just need more of it? Just thinking about it – and...
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1. Try not to kill each other If you are wondering why tips on how to take an ensemble show to the fringe and not...
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Like many actors, I found it difficult to find regular, paid acting work in London so I decided to try my luck in Los...

1. Simple works, shoddy doesn’t Your flyer or poster does a lot more than tell your audience what your show is called and where it’s...
Scholarship winners Rachel Head (left) and Luke Hastings

Rachel Head, 21, from Stockton-on-Tees, and Luke Hastings, 19, from Corby in Northamptonshire, have won The Stage Scholarships at Midlands Academy of Dance and...
John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM My brother has always been a computer-games geek, while my own geekiness has been more directed towards musical theatre. Despite that, we...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage I know I can act & sing and I want to pursue that, but I've lost all confidence in myself. How do...
Ann Theato at the live recording of Help! I’m a Prisoner in a Toothpaste Factory by John Antrobus for Wireless Theatre at Leicester Square Theatre, London. Photo: Clarissa Lam

Having completed a one-year speech and drama course at the London Drama School, actress Ayesha Casely- Hayford could hardly have imagined that putting her...

1. Build a website This is fairly straightforward to do for a reasonably IT-savvy person, although you will need to buy a domain name. Post...
Jake Orr

Jake Orr is artistic director of A Younger Theatre and co-director of Incoming Festival. He is also a freelance producer and is co-curator of...