In the theatre, except the protagonists of a performance (the actors and the theatre director), there are also involved a number of different professions such as light designers, sound designers, experts related with on demand and live streaming broadcasting, video art technicians, stage and costume designers, makeup artists. These professions are vital for the development of a high-quality performance that will have the potential to contribute to the increase of the local economy and the internationalisation of the theatre offer, especially through the use of the new digital technologies. However, all these professions, they almost never not receive vocational education related with theatre. According to a 2018 study by Creative and Cultural Skills “a lack of workforce training and continuous professional development are contributing to skills gaps and shortages in the creative industries”. Light designers are usually electricians, costume designers are from the fashion sector, the people responsible for broadcasting, where they exist, are people with some ICT skills etc. However, theatre performances have specificities and they require specific skills in order to be successful and attract local people, tourists, online viewers etc. The people that are dealing with these professions in a theatre context usually they learn on the job, fact which requires a lot of time and effort. After covid19 pandemic, with the increase of the online theatre performances and the increase of the use of digital technologies in the creative and cultural sectors, there is a big opportunity for people working in the theatre sector, especially in Africa but also in Europe, to increase their reach through the internationalisation of their theatre production. This will increase a lot the employment opportunities in the sector since theatre is a sector where several professions work together. However, in order to have a performance on these standards, it is necessary that theatre professionals as the ones mentioned before have the appropriate skills in order to support. Vocational Education should be in the position to provide them such skills but for the moment, it does not. Also, vocational education, especially in Africa cannot move quickly in order to cover emerging needs in the labor market because there are different aspects that need to be improved such as: use of digital tools, use of quality standards, increase of the involvement of labor market in the design of vocational training programs

Therefore, taking into consideration these aspects, the specific objectives of the project are:

  • Development of the theatre-specific skills of the theatre professions described
  • Modernize the vocational education offer in the field of theatre professionals
  • Increase the contacts of VET and the labor market in the field of theatre professions.

These objectives correspond entirely to the specific objectives of the program. How they are related and how the achievement is going to be measured is described in the table below.