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Charlotte Cole

Charlotte Cole

  • SubjectEnglish and Drama BA (2015)
  • Place of WorkRoyal Court Theatre
  • PositionDevelopment Officer

"If you are interested in something, always go for it; write the application, sign up to the audition, go for the interview."

Since throwing herself into the drama extracurricular scene while completing her degree, Charlotte has gone on to work in a variety of roles focused on theatre, events, and arts groups. Charlotte's current role is Development Officer at the Royal Court Theatre. Her career journey into the arts sector highlights the many routes into these competitive industries.

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I liked the range of courses available for study throughout my three years of being there. I wanted to expand what knowledge I already had to learn something entirely new about English Literature, which is what swayed me.

The summer after graduation, I volunteered with Haringey Shed Theatre during their showcase festival before working as a Drama Practitioner with NCS The Challenge. Then I went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a theatre company of Royal Holloway students, after having supported their work as a Producer that year. I began my internship in September with Poet in the City, working as their Events & Marketing Assistant. Following that, I worked with NCS The Challenge again, this time as the Staffing Coordinator, before being promoted to Delivery Staffing Associate and managing staff over two boroughs. Although I really enjoyed the work I was doing, I knew thatI wanted to work within the arts sector, which is what led me to apply and accept the role of Development Officer at the Royal Court Theatre.

I manage the cultivation and stewardship of all members donating between £250 - £5000 year, supporting my manager with those who donate £10,000 plus. I find prospective donors, support events and ensure the maintenance of the theatre's relationship with the donors.

I wanted a role that was very people focused, which is key in fundraising and donor relationships. Not only am I meeting new people regularly, I am encouraging them to support great work for the stage and community of playwriting.

There are so many opportunities to be creative and have fun with my role, which I think many people don't know about. From meeting with playwrights, actors and directors, to attending press nights, galas and dinners, there are so many ways that I can keep a relationship strong with a donor that does not involve just a phone call.

The extra-curricular activities available. I wanted my three years there to be more than my degree; I took up positions on committees, produces theatre and went to the Fringe Festival, was a Deputy Editor for The Orbital, and volunteered on and off campus. These opportunities allowed me to delve into my interests and use what I had learned to apply for roles that I was unqualified for previously.

Do something that you enjoy on the side to your studies. Not only will this keep you balanced, but if you can show something that you are genuinely passionate about besides your work, you'll have an edge over the next person going for the same roles. You'll be all the more interesting for it!

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