John Byrne

John Byrne

Biography

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

Recent Articles

Video artist Paula Varjack: ‘After a temporary role, I had to re-interview for my own position’

Video artist Paula Varjack: ‘After a temporary role, I had to re-interview for my own position’

Following a temporary placement, video artist Paula Varjack went through the nerve-racking process of reapplying for her own job. She explains how the role kick-started her career and helped her learn vital technical and event-planning skills
ICMT principal Kenneth Avery-Clark: ‘Learn about business and treat yourself as one’

ICMT principal Kenneth Avery-Clark: ‘Learn about business and treat yourself as one’

The principal and co-founder of the International College of Musical Theatre offers advice on setting career goals, joining Equity and developing skills to support yourself when you’re not working
How do I prepare for an online audition?

How do I prepare for an online audition?

This week, John Byrne advises a prospective drama school student on how to handle their second-round audition – a Zoom panel session
Mentor/coach Ceili O’Connor: 'Differentiate what you want from what you think you should want'

Mentor/coach Ceili O’Connor: 'Differentiate what you want from what you think you should want'

Director of Prep Your Rep LDN, Ceili O’Connor, tells John Byrne about moving into coaching and gives her advice for students and graduates
Edward De Gaetano: My first job involved an embarrassing screen kiss

Edward De Gaetano: My first job involved an embarrassing screen kiss

Actor Edward De Gaetano began his career in Malta playing a recurring role in a local TV series. He tells John Byrne how it taught him to focus on set, have fun and kiss on screen
Director Chloe Kennedy: ‘Protect your voice – the core of who you are’

Director Chloe Kennedy: ‘Protect your voice – the core of who you are’

Adapting to actors’ different learning styles is key to success as a director, says Chloe Kennedy – performers need people who recognise their intuitive dialogue in the room
Performer Michelle Wen Lee: ‘Acting is a fickle profession – you never know what’s around the corner’

Performer Michelle Wen Lee: ‘Acting is a fickle profession – you never know what’s around the corner’

While Michelle Wen Lee was travelling to London to audition for Miss Saigon, she discovered her university digs were on fire. She says supporting yourself outside theatre is just as important as securing a dream job
How do I manage the end of my dance career?

How do I manage the end of my dance career?

This week, John Byrne advises a dancer who fears that Covid is taking cutting short their career
How has Covid affected drama school auditions?

How has Covid affected drama school auditions?

With coronavirus meaning drama school auditions can’t take place in person, John Byrne finds out how schools have changed their audition process and how much it will cost
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