How did you start in theatre production?
I trained in stage management at GSA drama school and went on to work professionally in stage management.
What is your best piece of advice you have for students today?
See as much theatre as you can, get talking to people in the industry and be proactive.
What would you change about training in the UK?
It is important to make sure young people have better opportunities to gain practical theatre experiences while still at school or college.
What is the best part of your job?
Being able to select talented students and see them progress. In the first instance, I enjoy seeing that happen on the course. It is also great to witness their continued progress once the course has finished and they have entered the industry.
And your least favourite?
Some of the bureaucracy that surrounds higher education.
Which practitioners do you admire the most and who should students look up to?
The people and the companies that are innovative, creative and are leading in their field within the industry.
What is the one skill that every successful theatre professional should have?
It is important to be a good team worker.
Why do you continue to work in training?
To ensure the continued supply of well-trained top-quality stage management and theatre technicians to the industry.
Jon Sherwood teaches at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He was talking to John Byrne