Support Freelancers Make Theatre Work

Freelancers Make Theatre Work is a freelancer founded and led community for the 200,000+ self-employed and freelance workers from all areas of theatre, opera, dance and live performance, who make up over 70% of the UK theatre workforce.

Ways to support

Although Freelancers Make Theatre Work is run by an amazing group of volunteers, there are costs we have to cover. These include web hosting, zoom accounts, subscriptions and two freelance coordinators who help keep the wheels of Freelancers Make Theatre Work turning.

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Donate directly

We accept donations of any amount and every penny really does help.

  • £5 covers the cost of of Zoom for two weeks
  • £10 could cover the cost of our website hosting for a month
  • £25 could cover our auto captioning software ( for 3 months
  • £100 covers our annual domain name renewal
  • £500 would cover a coordinator for a week
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Freelancers Make Theatre Work is a volunteer led organisation, this a call out for motivated individuals.

We ask that you only offer time within your capacity, and to activities that energise you.

It is about creating ways to change the industry for the better, without burning ourselves out in the process.

What we do…


We lobby government, theatre and organisations to raise awareness of the vital role of freelancers in the theatre industry.

Wellbeing & Events

We create and curate FREE events and projects online and in person to support the Theatre Freelance community. Past events have included Spa Days at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and workshops as The National theatre New Work Department

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Resources and Studies

Our website provides directories of support, analysis and news. FMTW also actively create and support Studies that have direct benefit on the Theatre Freelance Community.

What your money does

Every penny helps Freelancers Make Theatre Work campaign to raise awareness of the vital role of freelancers in the theatre industry.

It helps us provide a platform to collect the opinions and concerns of the freelance theatre workforce with the commitment to express them to decision makers who impact our work.

It supports our website, a central resource of information for the freelance workforce.

It helps provide a place to share information and projects that nurture our collective wellbeing.

It helps pay for two Theatre Freelancers to work as coordinators who support Freelancers Make Theatre Work’s projects and volunteer group.


Our website is one of the largest resources of information and advice for the Freelance Theatre workforce. It continues to grow and currently hosts over 6,000 studies, articles and resource links.

Furture Labs

Our first ACE funded project, Future Labs was a series of solutions-focussed conversations between freelancers and organisations aimed at finding ways to support freelancers through the current crisis, employ as many as possible in the reopening of theatres, and include us in shaping the future of our industry.


We’ve hosted over 20 Free online Boxing and Stage Combat Sessions, over 30 Monday morning Vocal Sessions and 32 virtual tea breaks.

When allowed, we welcomed Freelancers in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for in-person Spa Sessions and hosted over 100 Freelancers at The National Theatre New Works Department for a week of workshops.


We partnered with Curtain Call to produce a series of podcasts all about the Freelancers that really do make theatre work.

Our series #GhostShows is one of the top 10 Theatre Podcasts.