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, now in third year of BA (Hons) Acting, University of Plymouth

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 Apprentice this year was chosen by Zoom and with the skills of the wonderful Carolyn McLeod.  Out of many hopefuls we chose Jasmine Hill from Penenden Heath, Maidstone, she is doing a cracking job as our Faery and Mechanical, Snug and also gets to sing, dance and play her flute.  If you would like to be a part of next years tour or indeed sponsor this wonderful scheme, then please get in touch via our contacts page.  We always cast a young person from Kent of the ages 17-22 to take part in  with the unique opportunity to tour around the countryside with a company of professional actors.

Rookie scheme

Designed to offer 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 years Rookie is Annabelle Blake from West Malling in Kent playing Hermia, Starveling and a faery – as well as rocking it on the recorder.  Annabelle has just graduated from Arts Ed in Chiswick, so if you want to be considered for next year, please get in touch via the contacts page.

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

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 Consent.

Ellie Kendrick

Ellie Kendrick played in our 2005 production of Twelfth Night and was the daughter of the owners of our premiere venue, Boughton Monchelsea Place. 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. She is currently starring the final series of Game of Thrones, and a new film The Leveller.