A young theatre performer makes glasses with her hands

Creative Pathways

If you speak to pretty much anyone in the creative sector they’ll tell you that their journey has been a curious one, most likely filled with twists and turns. There may be a combination of volunteering, formal learning, falling down and getting back up again – but that’s why we love it! This toolkit contains some resources to help you take that first or next step in your creative career.

Like any good play, where the plot has problems for the characters to solve, we hope that the resources and films in this toolkit will help you to navigate the many possible journeys you may take in your creative development.

Wanna hear about some projects that support young people in their creative pathways? Don’t forget to watch our brilliant short films below!


Youth Theatre Ireland
Young Critics Resource Suite
A theatre practitioner working backstage
Inspiring Careers @ The Rep
A young stage actress holding a skull mask
YT Essentials: You’re Hired! Advice Booklet
A youth theatre production
Creative Commons Youth Mentoring Toolkit
Federation of Scottish Theatre’s Mentoring Programme
Young Work App
The Young Work App
Queer Fish – Reading Rep
Cash for Culture
A theatre practitioner giving a speech to a room of people
Set Up as a Sole Trader in Scotland
Things to Consider When Starting a New Youth Theatre
My World of Work


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