Confetti graduate’s success at the Production Futures Breakthrough Talent Awards 2023

Tuesday October 3, 2023

One of our Confetti graduates, Ethan McKenna, scooped two trophies at the prestigious Production Futures Breakthrough Talent Awards 2023. Ethan studied both Level 3 Technical Events and BSc (Hons) Event Production at Confetti over a five-year period and is now Head of Video on a major West-End theatre production. Read on to find out about Ethan and his award wins.

Ethan McKenna pictured at Confetti

Production Futures

Production Futures creates opportunities for young people to learn, train, network and develop careers in production across all aspects of live events, music, festivals, touring, corporate, theatre, TV, broadcast and film. They also promote equality, diversity, inclusion and employability, highlighting career pathways and hidden job roles to all ages and skill sets across the live events industry.

The Production Futures Breakthrough Talent Awards celebrates newcomers to the entertainment production industry with an annual awards ceremony held each year. This year’s winners were announced on Thursday 28 September at a Production Futures ON TOUR event in Wakefield.

We were delighted to host a similar Production Futures ON TOUR event earlier this year, where we welcomed a number of world-leading industry experts and production companies to our Nottingham campus – check out Notts TV’s coverage of the event (below) to learn more:

Ethan scoops two awards

Many of our students and alumni were shortlisted for the 2023 Production Futures Breakthrough Talent Awards across multiple categories. Ethan McKenna, who graduated from Confetti in 2022, took home two prestigious awards, including Video Newcomer of the Year and Technical Innovation in Entertainment Newcomer of the Year! Reacting to his award wins and reflecting on the impact his Confetti training’s had on his career development, Ethan said:

“I feel really proud and privileged to have won these awards. Studying at Confetti allowed me to access the resources I needed to develop and gave me the space and support to explore my interests in video. I was able to gain experience of designing and creating video content as well as in the technical and engineering elements on a range of different types of events. Since finishing my degree I’ve been supported and encouraged by a lot of wonderful people in the video design community and I am really grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.” Ethan McKenna, Confetti BSc (Hons) Event Production alumni

Visit the Production Futures Breakthrough Talent Awards website to find out more about this year’s winners.

Ethan McKenna (pictured left) working on the theatre production, Groundhog Day. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan)

Ethan’s journey

Throughout his time with us, Ethan got involved in lots of “Do It For Real” opportunities including Splendour Festival and, driven by his love for gigs and live events, he’s since carved out a career for himself in the theatre industry. Having worked as a Video Technician on multiple productions for The Old Vic, and as a Casual Theatre Technician at Leicester’s Curve Theatre, Ethan’s currently serving as Head of Video for the stage musical, The Time Traveller’s Wife, at the Apollo Theatre in London. Ethan has come a long way since his time with us and his success is well deserved – check out our previous story to find out more about Ethan and his time at Confetti.

Are you interested in being part of events and getting hands-on experience as part of your studies? Book onto an Open Day to find out more about all the opportunities on offer here at Confetti.