Michael Grandage CBE will open this year's TheatreCraft event by giving a welcome speech at 9am on Friday 30thNovember 2012, at the Royal Opera House.
TheatreCraft, which is now in its seventh year, is the essential free event for anyone aged 17 to 25 looking for a non-performance career in theatre. Participants can explore topics including producing, stage management, wig-making, lighting, marketing, theatre journalism, sound, directing, costume design, playwriting and designing.
The event on Friday 30th November at the Royal Opera House will welcome more than 1,000 young people from across the UK and runs from 9am - 3.30pm. Participants will have the chance to take part in a choice of over 60 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals from, meet more than 40 exhibitors in the bustling marketplace and visit the 'Ask the Experts' zone which offers one-to-one advice sessions with industry experts.
TheatreCraft is the only place to be for a fun and unique glimpse into the 'behind the scenes' world of theatre.
Commenting on this year's event Michael Grandage said:
"The wealth of talent behind every theatre production is staggering. There are far more jobs than people ever appreciate in the theatre industry, all working diligently behind the scenes to make it happen. Every department is crucial from directing to wig making, sound design to marketing, stage management to casting, the list goes on. TheatreCraft is the unmissable event that every young person interested in exploring a career in the theatre should attend. It will equip them with the necessary information to make educated career choices and ensures that theatre in this country continues to have a robust future under the next generation of rising talent."
Organisers are thrilled that the award-winning theatre director and producer is showing his support and taking time out of his busy schedule in the same week which his Michael Grandage Season kicks off, with Privates on Parade previewing at the Noel Coward Theatre from 1st December.
TheatreCraft is organised by Creative and Cultural Skills, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the Royal Opera House, Society of London Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust.
It is sponsored by PLASA, White Light and Autograph and its media partners are A Younger Theatre, Lighting & Sound International and The Stage.
For more information and all the latest news about TheatreCraft visit www.theatrecraft.org or Twitter @TheatreCraft