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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

Actor Dominic Ryan: 'My first job taught me not to worry about what you can't control'

Actor Dominic Ryan: 'My first job taught me not to worry about what you can't control'

Actor Dominic Ryan recalls his first job, an Irish Lotto commercial, and what he’s learned since
Vocal tutor Mary Irwin: 'Don't second-guess yourself'

Vocal tutor Mary Irwin: 'Don't second-guess yourself'

Vocal tutor and ALRA course leader Mary Irwin shares the one skill every successful theatremaker should have...
How can I be sure my child is safe at school?

How can I be sure my child is safe at school?

Careers advisor John Byrne offers advice for how parents can ensure their child is safe from bullying and harassment at school
How are drama schools broadening their curriculums for today’s students?

How are drama schools broadening their curriculums for today’s students?

As the industry changes, so too, inevitably, does actor training. Teachers and leaders at drama schools tell John Byrne how their three-year acting courses are preparing students for a post-Covid, diverse, digital world
Sam Benjamin: 'Never quit, no matter how hard it gets'

Sam Benjamin: 'Never quit, no matter how hard it gets'

Actor Sam Benjamin talks about the importance of up-and-coming actors working with active professionals and how drama training needs to change in the UK
Louise Andrée Douglas: 'Be yourself, put in the work, and be a team player – you can’t go wrong'

Louise Andrée Douglas: 'Be yourself, put in the work, and be a team player – you can’t go wrong'

Magician Louise Andrée Douglas talks about landing her first job at an open call in Edinburgh
How should I prepare for the delayed release of my film debut?

How should I prepare for the delayed release of my film debut?

Keep your casting profile and showreel in good shape, says John Byrne – then you’ll be well-prepared whenever it comes out
How can we make our show stand out?

How can we make our show stand out?

Careers adviser John Byrne offers tips for publicising a small show effectively at a time when lots of productions are opening
Dinesh Sattee: ‘I got my first backstage job by volunteering, getting involved and gaining experience’

Dinesh Sattee: ‘I got my first backstage job by volunteering, getting involved and gaining experience’

Technical theatre worker Dinesh Sattee tells John Byrne how he found his way in to working backstage via a front-of-house job and offers advice on finding a career pathway
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Susan May Hawley: ‘Be prepared to work long hours as a stage manager’

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Susan May Hawley: ‘Be prepared to work long hours as a stage manager’

RCS lecturer in stage management tells John Byrne what qualities are needed to become a stage manager and offers advice on dealing with the workload
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