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Step Change

We are currently in the process of evaluating the 2017-18 programme in order to inform our future plans.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list and receive updates once plans have been confirmed for the next round of recruitment, which is likely to be autumn 2018 Please email

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Step Change

Step Change is a national programme for professionals seeking to progress/develop their careers in the performing arts. Providing coaching, mentoring, masterclasses and experience-based learning, Step Change supports those in need of a change of direction.

Focusing predominantly on arts administration roles (including producing, management, project management, learning, development, marketing, cultural policy etc), Step Change expands the range of opportunities for those hoping to make a transition into or within the arts, especially those who are overlooked and underrepresented. In its seventh year and led by the National Theatre, the programme’s key aim is to develop confident, experienced, daring and aware professionals that will strengthen the heart of the sector.

Step Change 2017 is run in partnership with Bristol Old Vic (Bristol), Live Theatre (Newcastle upon Tyne), The Lowry (Salford), with support from the Ambassador Theatre Group, Candoco Dance Company, DanceXchange, Eclipse Theatre Company, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and New Wolsey Theatre.


‘Step Change gives you the confidence to articulate your future’
Participant 2014-15

‘I have had a total change of career and got a new job’
Participant 2014-15

Step Change: Applicant Preparation

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