Here’s something useful for student members of Equity. On Wednesday 07 October, the performing arts industry’s trade union is running a training day at Savoy Theatre in London.
The programme includes a session about how to structure a CV which will actually promote and sell your wares, something every drama student needs to know. There will also be a working tour of the famous Savoy Theatre — another bonus for drama students bent on a career in the theatre. Also included is lunch with invited guests (for networking and picking up contacts), a lecture on physical story telling by Guy Masterson and a chance to quiz Equity officials about the industry and the union’s role in it in a question and answer session. Dreamboats and Petticoats is currently running at the Savoy and course participants on the day be given a ticket to the evening performance.
All Equity student members are on full-time, performance-related or creative team courses at drama school or university. Organisers are expecting around 60 to take part in the course on 07 October.
Or maybe you are ready to go and an apprenticeship would suit you. Balletboyz began life (under a different name) in 2000, founded by former Royal Ballet principal dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. Through extensive TV and theatre work Balletboyz has established an enviable ethos and reputation based on innovation, excellence, entertainment and legacy.
In open auditions are taking place this month to recruit eight new male dancers, aged between 18 and 24, followed by a UK tour during March 2010.
These young dancers - part of a project called ‘Balletboyz: the next generation’ - will undergo a form of ‘practical apprenticeship’. They may be in training, professional or pre-professional, as long as they demonstrate exceptional talent, the ability to entertain and a commitment to excellence. As part of this ‘apprenticeship’ they will learn all aspects of being a company member - from studio etiquette and working with choreographers to touring and the ambassadorial role of a dancer on tour. They will also be trained in the delivery of education and outreach work and will be expected to deliver workshops while on tour.
Nunn and Trevitt will oversee all aspects of the show’s creation and will direct and produce - including making the linking films.
The programme will include a re-working of Russell Maliphant’s celebrated duet Torsion (created for Nunn and Trevitt in 2004) and a new commission by ROH2 Associate Artist Freddie Opoku-Addaie.