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Careers in live events and performing arts


Whether you like the idea of stepping into the spotlight or prefer to work behind-the-scenes, there are many opportunities for students with creative and entrepreneurial skills in the live events and the performing arts industries.

Did you know?

  • The creative economy accounts for one in 11 jobs across the UK
  • Creative industries account for 11.8% of all UK businesses
  • Creative jobs are future-proof! 87% are at low or no risk of automation
  • Almost 95% of businesses in the industry are micro-businesses with less than 10 employees.


Live Events and Performing Arts Week 2020

Want to find out more about careers in the performing arts? We've got a range of events, from our beginner's guides in performance and freelancing, to meeting alumni both behind the scenes and in the spotlight!


Discover your prospects!

Prospects is a useful website, where you can explore the different roles in a sector.

Check out the roles they have listed for:


Arts administrator

Community arts worker



Film/video editor



Production designer theatre/television/film

Television camera operator

Television floor manager

Television production coordinator

Television/film/video producer

Theatre director

Theatre manager

Theatre stage manager

Theme park manager

Tour manager


And the career options in music and the creative arts sector in the UK:


Find a job, get recruited

With up to 2,000 jobs advertised every week, the Careers Portal is a great place to search for graduate jobs and schemes, part-time jobs, summer internships, and insight days. Go to the 'Jobs' tab and filter by job type, sector and location.

Explore now.


A look back to 2018

In autumn term 2018, students from across the College joined us to find out what it’s really like to work in the world of performing arts, entertainment and live events, helping you to explore your career options in this dynamic and global industry. 

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Missed out?

Catch up on our presentation on freelancing in the creative and performing arts industries  and check out our creative industries resources.


Their careers started here


'My studies at Royal Holloway taught me about motivation, hard work and standing on my own two feet. I studied English which enabled me to work with words, which are now one of the cornerstones of what I do. My masters gave me the confidence to put my work out there, learn the nuts and bolts of script writing and get used to very tight deadlines.'

Graduate Matt Fox, is a playwright and Director of both the Swindon Fringe Festival and Madam Renards. 


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Andrew Wilson


"What's the best part of my role? Meeting interesting people, working on passion projects, learning about a variety of subjects and generating good anecdotes!"

Graduate Andrew Wilson completed a Masters of Arts in Film and Television Production, is a Talent Agent at Cloud Management Ltd. his role involves managing the media careers of celebrities, personalities and experts.



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