Aspiring theatre managers now have the chance to join the company behind James McAvoy’s fearsome MacBeth and Keira Knightly’s West End debut, following the Ambassador Theatre Group’s launch of a groundbreaking new initiative for graduates.
Aimed at discovering and supporting the future leaders of commercial theatre, ATG’s Graduate Scheme in theatre management and administration will initially take on two graduates, beginning next year.
The UK’s largest theatre and operator oversees 39 venues across the country, including the Apollo in the West End and Bristol Hippodrome, so it’s uniquely positioned to give graduates a truly broad insight into the sector.
The programme will last two years, with a broad range of placements in the first year to develop a strong business foundation, followed by specialist placements in the second year.
Young leaders will be paid a competitive salary but won’t be guaranteed permanent employment at ATG following the scheme.
The organisation aims to nurture talented and ambitious young employees, developing industry-specific knowledge and experience to build a foundation for a promising career.
The Graduate Scheme comes in addition to ATG’s internship programme (intern alumni pictured), where many current ATG employees cut their teeth, and its development programme for technical apprentices.
ATG’s joint CEO, Rosemary Squire, said: ‘Working in the theatre industry, although extremely hard work, is not without rewards. From the buzz of anticipation before the curtain goes up to poring over first night reviews, there is nothing more challenging or exciting than the theatre world. Training within the industry is vital and we are working towards improving opportunities across all areas of the business to increase awareness of the scope of jobs available and improve our skill base.
‘I am, therefore, delighted that our new Graduate Scheme will allow two deserving applicants to experience the thrill of everything we do here at ATG, and hope that the unparalleled experience we can give them will set them up for a long and rewarding life in theatre.’