John Byrne

John Byrne

Biography

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

Recent Articles

Maisey Bawden: ‘TV work was a shock to the system but I loved the buzz’

Maisey Bawden: ‘TV work was a shock to the system but I loved the buzz’

Having trained in musical theatre, Maisey Bawden landed a role in Sky One’s You, Me and the Apocalypse. For anyone starting out, she recommends diving in headfirst – and never be afraid to ask questions
Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essential to evolve throughout your career’

Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essential to evolve throughout your career’

Career coach Kate Mara works at the BRIT School in London and runs a private practice through livelihoods.co. She offers her advice to students and graduates
Julia Farino: 'I decided to share my experiences to help other actors navigate the industry'

Julia Farino: 'I decided to share my experiences to help other actors navigate the industry'

Singer, actor and author Julia Farino has written a book called Surviving Hollywood. She offers her advice for students and graduates
Andrew Linnie: 'Going straight from drama school into a West End show was intimidating'

Andrew Linnie: 'Going straight from drama school into a West End show was intimidating'

Actor and musical director Andrew Linnie tells John Byrne how his first job in The Commitments in the West End taught him to stay fresh in a long-running show and to not worry too much about fitting in
Should I agree to unpaid work?

Should I agree to unpaid work?

A young actor asks: Should I agree to work unpaid for a small show about climate change, touring to schools?
David James: 'Government and critics need to respect musical theatre as a serious art form'

David James: 'Government and critics need to respect musical theatre as a serious art form'

The founder and director of Book Music and Lyrics offers his advice for students and graduates
Pamela Mayoss: 'I can't believe how nervous I was over such a small part'

Pamela Mayoss: 'I can't believe how nervous I was over such a small part'

Actor Pamela Mayoss tells The Stage about her anxiety over her first job – a part that didn’t make the final cut
Actor and playwright Sutara Gayle: 'Theatre should be for everyone'

Actor and playwright Sutara Gayle: 'Theatre should be for everyone'

Actor, singer, facilitator and playwright Sutara Gayle tells The Stage why she started Sutara Academy of Performing Arts and how breathing can improve performers’ physical and mental well-being
Director Andrew Keates: 'Martin Sherman remains my most trusted mentor'

Director Andrew Keates: 'Martin Sherman remains my most trusted mentor'

Director Andrew Keates tells The Stage about making his professional debut with Bent and reading the works of Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams and Joe Orton as a young teenager
Without my desired A-level results, is my career over before it has started?

Without my desired A-level results, is my career over before it has started?

John Byrne gives advice to a drama school applicant who didn’t receive the A-level results they needed
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