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John Byrne

John Byrne

Biography

John Byrne is careers adviser for The Stage and is also a writer, cartoonist, performer and broadcaster

Recent Articles

How do I handle my first ‘solo’ meeting with an agent?

How do I handle my first ‘solo’ meeting with an agent?

This week a reader asks John Byrne for advice on meeting up with new potential agents, including the best questions to ask about them
What are your tips for open-air theatre?

What are your tips for open-air theatre?

With open-air theatres reopening, John Byrne gives his tips for actors hoping to be cast this season
Ali Wade: 'My first job taught me that it only takes a few CVs to land in the right place to open up opportunities'

Ali Wade: 'My first job taught me that it only takes a few CVs to land in the right place to open up opportunities'

A stage manager and showcaller with more than 25 years’ experience, Ali Wade tells The Stage about her first job and how being proactive is the best way to build a career
Movement director Diane Alison-Mitchell: ‘Your magic is unique’

Movement director Diane Alison-Mitchell: ‘Your magic is unique’

Guildhall’s head of movement tells The Stage how being yourself will help you carve your own path and offers her tips for well-being
What is the best way to market my musical theatre release?

What is the best way to market my musical theatre release?

Careers adviser John Byrne offers a reader advice on the best ways to promote an album
Polka’s Peter Glanville: ‘Every child should have access to creative activities’

Polka’s Peter Glanville: ‘Every child should have access to creative activities’

Polka Theatre’s artistic director talks to The Stage about theatre’s inspiring impact on young people and the company’s well-being workshops during the pandemic
Mark Thomas: ‘My first gig was a disaster – I watched myself die in the mirror’

Mark Thomas: ‘My first gig was a disaster – I watched myself die in the mirror’

The comedian recalls his disastrous first show and explains why chatting to the audience remains a vital element of his recent live-streamed shows
What are the best writing competitions to enter?

What are the best writing competitions to enter?

Careers adviser John Byrne offers a reader advice on choosing the most worthwhile competitions to focus on
Actor Kashelle Taylor: 'Whatever set you are on, take time out to meet the crew'

Actor Kashelle Taylor: 'Whatever set you are on, take time out to meet the crew'

Actor Kashelle Taylor tells The Stage about her first job on BBC One’s Doctors, managing nerves and no longer fearing her mistakes
Fight director Kate Waters: 'My first minute in a rehearsal room is the most important part of my day'

Fight director Kate Waters: 'My first minute in a rehearsal room is the most important part of my day'

Fight director Kate Waters talks about the importance of creating a safe space for creatives and running Zoom boxing classes during the pandemic
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