fast forwarding careers in theatre

“This is such an amazing opportunity for any young actor. The experience of working with a professional touring theatre company like Changeling is so rewarding and has enlightened me to what my future in the industry could look like. The skills I’ve gained have enhanced my career prospects massively. I’m extremely honoured to have followed in the success of past winners of this fantastic apprenticeship!”

Cary Ryan, Apprentice on Hamlet Tour 2017

A career in theatre is an immensely rewarding one, but it can almost impossible to make that first step without some professional experience under your belt.

That’s where we step in. We are a talent lab for young or emerging theatre practitioners, providing a range of opportunities to work with us, whatever your specialism or background.

Through our Catapult scheme we offer early career actors, writers, technicians, composers and directors the rare opportunity to work alongside established theatre professionals on a demanding (but fun!) open air Summer tour.

We’re immensely proud to have helped launch the careers of many successful theatre practitioners.

You can read more about them below.

for performers

Apprentice scheme

Our 2023 Apprentice first auditioned for us in 2021 when she was just 15 and far too young.  She came back last year and this year we just had to make her dream come true.

Millicent Bevan from Medway has been a fan of Changeling since seeing As You Like It back in 2012 and has wanted to be an Apprentice since she was just 11 years old. She graduated from Rochester Independent College as their Drama Scholar and then attended Gravesham and District Theatre Guild before taking part in the National Theatre Young Producers course and Shakespeare’s Globe Youth Theatre, where she got to perform on the Globe stage in London.  She has also gained a place at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup to study acting in September.

If you would like to be a part of next year’s tour or sponsor this wonderful scheme, then please get in touch.

A young person aged 17-22 from Kent will be offered a unique opportunity to tour with a company of professional actors.

Rookie scheme

The Rookie scheme offers a drama school graduate the chance to gain a credit on their CV and vital experience by playing named parts in our summer tour as a professional cast member.

This year the role has been awarded to Tom Dean, who has just graduated from Mountview Theatre School & is playing Berowne in Loves Labours Lost and Charles in School for Scandal.

“I am beyond excited to be making my professional debut in Love’s Labour’s Lost, it’s a dream of a play! I learnt one of Berowne’s monologues when I was training, so to play him feels like my destiny. Changeling has been a springboard for so many young Actors and I am looking forward to working with an established and experienced crew and cast to deliver this Summer’s tour.”

Our Rookies are funded from the proceeds of the programme sales each year.

If you’d like to be our next Rookie, please get in touch.

for everyone else

Assistant Composer

For the first time, our resident composer Alex is offering an opportunity for an aspiring composer to work alongside him in creating the original score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Assistant Director

Our Assistant Director role helps new directors to get as much experience as they can working with professional actors in a professional environment.

Many have gone on to be very successful in the world of theatre and television.

Assistant Stage Manager

Not everyone wants to perform or create but stage management crew in the theatre hold everything together.

This scheme is for aspiring stage managers and theatre crew to learn on-the-job on a demanding tour, supported by our experienced stage manager.

Our alumni

Charlie Oscar

Fans of Doctor Who may have spotted Charlie Oscar (O’Connor) playing agent K-Toscs in the first episode of the recent series of Doctor Who: The Halloween Apocalypse.

Charlie was a Changeling apprentice in 2016 and has since embarked on a professional acting career with some notable performances already under their belt. 

Khalid Daley

Following his training at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Khalid played Guildenstern in our tour of Hamlet in 2017. Following the tour Khalid was quickly snapped up by the National theatre performing in Dick Whittington, followed by a UK and international tour of War Horse. He performed in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and is currently starring in Hamilton in London.


Pip Carter

Pip Carter was part of the Changeling Youth Theatre and played the part of Claudio in our 2003 production of Much Ado about Nothing just before he went off to RADA. Upon leaving drama school, Pip went on to appear in Party Animals along side Matt Smith, then again as WH Auden in Christopher and his Kind. Pip has also played in Posh and many plays at the National Theatre. He is currently starring in The Book of Dust at the Bridge Theatre.

Ellie Kendrick

Ellie Kendrick played in our 2005 production of Twelfth Night. She then went on to play the title role in the Diary of Anne Frank, Game of Thrones, The Misfits, Upstairs Downstairs as well as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Globe. Ellie is also a successful writer for stage. Her first play, TABS, was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and her second play was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre.