At school, Tamykha had no idea which path to choose. She enjoyed drama and performing so decided to do a BTEC in Performing Arts at college. She liked her course, but it also helped her to realise that she preferred being backstage rather than in the spotlight.
As soon as she finished college, she applied for a Technical Theatre Advanced Apprenticeship which was offered by a group of big names in UK theatre; Ambassador Theatre Group, the Association of British Theatre Technicians, Whitelight (renowned lighting and audio company), and Fairfield Halls Theatre.
She loved every moment of her apprenticeship. “The apprenticeship and in-house training confirmed that this is what I wanted to do. Lighting is such a versatile field that’s so important to performance.”
Her apprenticeship started Tamykha on your dream career path and she hasn’t looked back since. She’s gone from working on local productions to national – starting out at Wimbledon Theatre before taking on a development role at the National Theatre working with a team of other technicians.
“My job role includes making and building lighting effects and props and working with LED and operating lighting equipment.”
Tamykha jokes that there’s never a ‘dull moment’ working as a lighting expert at one of the world’s most famous theatres. What she does take seriously is how much she’s grown both professionally and personally in a relatively short amount of time.
“This 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 it’s been a great opportunity.”
Tamykha's career pathway
- 2012 Completed a BTEC in Performing Arts at college and began an Advance Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre
- 2014 Completed her apprenticeship and got taken on as a Theatre Technician at Wimbledon Theatre
- 2016 Became a Lighting Technician at the National Theatre, working on lots of shows across the three stages at the National
- 2018 Began working on Tina: The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre