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Matt Applewhite, managing director of Nick Hern Books

Matt Applewhite is managing director and commissioning editor at Nick Hern Books, publisher of plays and books about theatre, including many books intended for...
The 2014 production of Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre featured choreography by Carlos Acosta. Photo: Johan Persson

On a recent holiday I had to fill in my profession on a landing card. I was flummoxed. My pen hovered over the dotted...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer where do you think Is the best place to study musical theatre at degree level? — Jess Heywood (@jess_heyjess28) February 23, 2015 There are many...
John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM I’ve been working as a professional dancer for more than a year now, dancing in a variety of shows, and have really...
KS Dance. Photo Elaine Mayson

Why should I train? Occasionally an individual may have enough raw talent to be ‘discovered’ by the media and launched into stardom, but in reality...
The fruit of a creative culture: Pixar's Toy Story 3

For all the theatrical innovation we see on stage, theatres and theatre companies all too often operate with surprisingly traditional and hierarchical structures. Most...
dance training

1. Experience vs qualifications It is very hard to become a choreographer without first being an experienced dancer, and preferably one with experience in a...
Photo: Igor Bulgarin/Shutterstock

1. Speak clearly without rasping or constricting Speak with a clear and resonant sound. Avoid a breathy sound. It is like sitting under your vocal...
Shakespeare's Globe in London. Photo: Lance Bellers/Shutterstock

App – Shakespeare’s Globe 360 A new, free app from The Globe means that actors, students or anyone else who’s interested can now go on...
David Ellis and Joel Ormsby in Checkpoint 22. Photo: Nick Arthur Daniel Photography

Two enterprising young actors, David Ellis and Joel Ormsby, dropped round the other day to shoot some footage for their crowdfunding appeal. The idea...
John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM You answered a query recently from an actor who was working for another actor in a show and wasn’t being treated fairly....
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage How much difference does going to drama school make in non-acting theatre professions? — Emily Dunford (@ElimyDunrofd) April 7, 2015 Going to a drama...