Careers Week: Ali, Production Manager

5 Mar ’19

This week is Careers Week, and so we thought we'd talk to the Theatre Hullabaloo team about their roles, their journeys, and any advice they have for those interested in a career in the arts.


How would you describe what you do at Theatre Hullabaloo?

I am responsible for the delivery of all the technical and practical elements of the shows and installations that we have here at The Hullabaloo.


How long have you been working here, and can you tell us a bit about your career journey?

I have been full time with Theatre Hullabaloo since September last year but have worked for the company on a freelance basis for several years.

I started gaining experience with Stockton Youth Theatre many years ago and went on to work as a Casual Stage Hand at Darlington Civic Theatre. I left there to take up the post of Touring Lighting Technician with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. I returned to Darlington as became Senior Technician for Darlington Arts Centre and Civic Theatre and worked there for 18 years.

I’ve worked for many companies over the years on a freelance basis doing everything from conferences to large outdoor events.


What does your average day look like? 

The great thing about working for Theatre Hullabaloo is that there is no average day.

Every single day brings something different. One day I will be in the office planning for upcoming events. The next day I may be up a ladder rigging lights for a show or building a tepee in our amazing Creative Play Space. The day after I could be heading out on tour with our latest touring production.


What’s your favourite thing about working at Theatre Hullabaloo?

I love being part of an organisation that creates amazing memories for children and helps then question the world around them.


What’s your favourite thing about working in the arts?

Being able to be part of something that can reach out to people from all corners of society.


What advice would you give to students who hope to follow your career path?

Go and watch theatre. Volunteer for everything you can. Be reliable, be supportive and be positive.

Professional qualifications are important, but a great attitude will get you further!