How to become a drama facilitator: Megan's story

Meet Megan, 24, from Northern Ireland, and find out more about her life as a drama facilitator. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Children who come to our workshops get to realise their full potential through drama, just like I did when I was younger.

  • Megan was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia when she was seven
  • Dyslexia can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. Dyspraxia (which is sometimes called developmental coordination disorder) affects coordination which can make many daily tasks more difficult
  • Megan's teachers encouraged her mum to take her to a local drama school and she was amazed to find the skills she learnt there, such as speaking on stage, built her confidence and coordination
  • As a drama facilitator for Bright Young Things, she leads classes for children in schools and arts centres across Northern Ireland.

Megan's career path

Megan's job as drama facilitator is just one example of a career in the arts working with local communities. These can fall under the job title of 'community arts worker'.

What to expect if you want to become a community arts worker

  • Community arts worker salary: £16,000 to £28,000 per year
  • Community arts worker hours: Variable per week but it's likely you'll work evenings and weekends

What qualifications do you need to be a community arts worker?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need qualifications or experience in a specialist area of the arts like music, visual arts, dance, drama, music or creative writing. Paid or unpaid work experience in education, or event or project management would be helpful. You'll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with children and young people.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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