Research collaboration with Central School of Speech & Drama

young performers holding scrips during a rehearsal
National Youth Theatre members at Platform book launch, National Theatre Studio. Photo by Nick Flintoff.

Tonic has been collaborating with the Research department at Central School of Speech and Drama. Together, we’ve been conducting research into the needs and concerns of young adults who are looking to enter or develop careers in arts administration at this time. 

We know that today’s cohort of young adults have experienced a particularly complex set of challenges and disruption to their learning, social experiences and opportunities to develop work experience. The research is seeking to understand the impact of this in young adults in greater detail and appreciate what this means for them as they take their preliminary steps into the world of work. Our aim is to be able to present insights, along with recommendations and support to employers in the arts so that they can be confident they are providing their youngest employees with the working environments and experiences they need to be able to thrive.

We’ll be sharing the findings of our research at an event at the Park Theatre on 14th May 2024. If you are interested in attending or being kept in the loop of our findings, please contact

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