Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie to inspire next generation of artists and creatives at free Derby Theatre event

Derby Theatre and Open Door present OPEN DOOR: IGNITE

Award-winning charity, Open Door are teaming up with Derby Theatre to deliver their exciting new event, Ignite on Thursday 19 September at 4.15pm.

Open Door is a non-profit organisation that helps talented young people who do not have the financial support or resources to gain a place at one of the UK’s leading drama schools. Open Door will work alongside Derby Theatre to present Ignite, a free, hour-long panel discussion with leading industry professionals from the worlds of film, television and theatre, which will give young people the opportunity to ask questions from those already working within the industry.

The creative industry currently employs over 3 million people, which is 1 in 11 UK jobs. This exciting event aims to spread the word about the huge range of roles that exist within the sector, get young people inspired and arm them with information and inside tips which will aid them in pursuing a career in this stimulating and inspiring industry. 

The panel discussion will be hosted by actor Terry Haywood, whose work includes Derby Theatre’s production of What Fatima Did. The panel consists of actor Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones, Skins); film and TV casting director Aisha Bywaters (The Last Tree, Enterprise); TV director Lewis Arnold (Broadchurch, Humans, Dark Money); actor and acting tutor Richard Neale (Lecturer at Drama Centre, acting teacher and director at Guildford School of Acting and Open Door Tutor); Myah Jeffers, Dramaturg and Literary Associate at The Royal Court, London; Derby Theatre Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Sarah Brigham; Charlotte Davies, Agent at United Agents; Tim Heywood, Head of Wardrobe, Derby Theatre and Tim Skelly, Lighting Designer.

Interested in working in film, television and theatre? Wondering what it might be like to be a casting director, lighting designer, actor, make-up artistm, camera operator? Don't know what some of these even are, or think they're not 'real jobs' with real salaries? Come find out!

The Ignite event is open to young people aged 16+. Places are FREE but must be reserved in advance. More information and to book here.