Work Experience

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A career in the performing arts – are you interested? Work experience will help you understand how the performing arts industry operates and you will receive advice about pursuing a career in the industry.

Canberra Theatre Centre offers senior school students the chance to spend a week in Canberra’s largest professional theatres, observing and participating in various areas of its operation. The Canberra Theatre Centre is the major presenter of performing arts in the ACT. It comprises three theatre spaces, the Canberra Theatre, The Playhouse and The Courtyard Studio.

Opportunities exist to work with staff members such as ticketing and front of house staff, lighting technicians, audio technicians, mechanists and in the marketing department.

Your tasks will depend on the work area in which you are placed. You must be prepared to work a full week.

Please note that there are limited weeks during which work experience can be offered owing to the nature of work in the theatre. In addition, we receive more applications for work experience than we are able to accept each year and so we suggest students apply early.


You need to fit the following criteria:

  • Be in Year 10 or above or a tertiary student (if work experience is a mandatory requirement to complete the relevant course)
  • Demonstrate an interest in the performing arts (students studying drama or with backstage experience will be given preference)
  • Be available to do work experience at an allocated time
  • To apply for a placement please complete a Work Experience Application Form and submit it, outlining the preferred time period, the type of work experience requested and the skills and experience which relate to the work experience being requested.

Application Form


Work Experience placements for 2017 are all allocated. Applications for 2018 will be accepted from 4 December 2017.

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