At school, Tamykha had no idea which path to choose. At college, she knew she wanted to work backstage and now she lights up the stage forÂ performances at the National Theatre in London.
âMy job role includes making and building lighting effects and props and working with LED and operating lighting equipment.â
Tamykha began exploring backstage roles while at college studying for a BTEC in Performing Arts. âAfter college I took on an apprenticeship where I gained qualifications in technical theatre support.â
It was then that she had her lightbulb moment. âThe apprenticeship and in-house training confirmed that this is what I wanted to do. Lighting is such a versatile field thatâs so important to performance.â
Tamykha went from local to national – starting out at Wimbledon Theatre before taking on a development role at the National Theatre.
âThis development position is designed to build skills and knowledge for those with a keen interest in lighting. I didn’t have the confidence or knowledge to apply for a lighting technician position when I started out so itâs been a great opportunity.â
Tamykha - Career Pathway
- 2013 - 2014
Technical Theatre apprenticeship with Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and North Hertfordshire College in partnership with Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Whitelight and Fairfield Halls
- 2014 - 2016
Technician at Wimbledon Theatre
- 2016 - Present
Lighting Technician at National Theatre