house: Opportunities

front of house & events co-ordinator, chequer mead theatre, d/l 03 February 2020

Salary: £20,000 - £23,000 based upon experience
Full time (40hrs), Permanent

Chequer Mead Theatre is currently recruiting for the role of Front of House & Events Co-ordinator.

Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead hosts over 250 events per year both in the main auditorium and throughout the venue. The theatre offers a mixed programme of professional and community events and hosts many other events throughout the centre. In addition the venue shows selected films and performances streamed live and hosts special cinema events.

We are a currently looking to recruit a full time front of house and events co-ordinator (40hrs) to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the venue and offering our visitors a welcoming, professional and efficient service. You will be responsible for the public areas and ensuring our customers receive a high quality service, often acting as the first point of contact. The post holder will also be one of a two-person team responsible for events booking and administration for the theatre and other spaces including our fully equipped dance studio. You will be customer services driven and extremely organised.

The successful candidate will also be expected to take on regular ad-hoc duty manager shifts (weekday evening & weekends).

All applicants must complete an application form which can be found on our website to be considered for the role.

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director, creu cymru, d/l 07 February 2020

Salary: circa £45k per annum and may be up to £50k dependent on the level of experience
Hours: 37 hours per week, evening and weekends as and when required

Creu Cymru is the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales. Established in 2001 through an initiative by the sector, Creu Cymru nurtures and supports a vibrant, sustainable and flourishing network of venues across Wales.

The trustees are looking for a dynamic new Director to shape the future vision of the organisation – devising, developing and leading on a long-term, strategic programme of change for Creu Cymru in partnership with the members, the Board and funders. As a membership driven organisation, the Director will have excellent communication and negotiation skills and be someone who actively promotes consultation and partnership. You will have the vision and passion necessary to drive Creu Cymru forward to the next stage of its development, ensuring it delivers value for money and excellent representation for its members.

As Director, this is an exciting opportunity for someone to build on the excellent work that Creu Cymru has delivered for its members and for the wider cultural sector since its inception. By building on the organisation’s achievements to date, the Director will ensure its long-term sustainability through sound business planning, partnership and member development and fundraising. The creation of a new vision for Creu Cymru which aligns with membership needs and the strategic goals of the Arts Council of Wales will ensure the organisation can make a positive impact in addressing the challenges facing the cultural sector in Wales.

The Director will be responsible for leading and supporting the staff team which is currently comprised of the Administrator and Hynt Project Administrator.

Closing Date for Applications: 07 Feb 2020

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development intern, lift festival, d/l 09 February 2020

Paid Internship: Development Assistant

This internship gives you an exciting opportunity to work with one of the most ambitious cultural organisations in the UK.

• We ask for the minimum of 21 hours per week.
• We offer London Living Wage with this opportunity @ £10.75
• Full day payment of £75.25 = 7 hour day (+ 1 hour unpaid lunch) @ £10.75 per hour

We are a charity that stands for radical empowerment and inclusion; we strive to be a diverse and progressive organisation.
Every two years, we present a festival which connects London audiences with leading international artists, brave ideas and unforgettable cultural experiences. Bring the best international artists and companies, with work from all continents.

We bring audiences to the city’s most iconic venues, landmarks and unusual corners, celebrating the character of London and gathering Londoners around incredible art. The theatre we present is compelling, meaningful, provocative, excellent and topical. We engage and create communities around international theatre artists and live art practitioners.

You will play a key role in supporting LIFT’s fundraising efforts for work both within the UK and internationally. The internship will provide an opportunity to develop core fundraising and information management skills through hands on experience and direct and focused mentoring. You will assist the Fundraising and Business development Manager, the Executive Director and Artistic director in building relationships with existing supporters to consolidate and secure income. Your tasks will primarily involve researching donors, funding opportunities and supporting the team to write proposals (these can range in size from £1,000 to £200,000) and compile reports.

You will be supported through a structured process, with clear line management support. You will also receive role specific training and gain an insight into the various methods and activities we use to gain investment, support and reach. You will work up close and personal with an experienced fundraising and gain wide fundraising experience from the rest of the team.

LIFT is based at Toynbee Studios in East London. The building and office are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

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fundraising manager, the point, eastleigh & the berry theatre, d/l 07 February 2020


Salary: £30,435 - £32,972 per annum

The Point Eastleigh is owned and managed by Eastleigh Borough Council. Our Vision is to Move People whether that be emotionally or physically. We place our audiences at the heart of everything we do, enriching lives through inspirational experiences. We are a regional powerhouse for contemporary dance, theatre and combined arts, presenting bold, innovative and inspirational new work.

If you like the idea of working to challenging fundraising targets and enabling communities to continue to benefit from the extraordinary arts and cultural activities that we offer, we would love to hear from you.

Based at The Point, Eastleigh you will be responsible for the planning and delivery of innovative and creative fundraising opportunities for The Point and Council’s wider Arts and Culture service. Ultimately leading to securing our vision to Move People within our communities.

The main duties of the role are:

-Develop and deliver action plans for fundraising that will achieve agreed targets towards the venue’s capital and revenue fundraising campaigns

-Support the setting and delivery of fundraising forecasts and budgets and be responsible for preparing and delivering fundraising operational plans

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creative programmes manager (maternity cover), ARC, d/l 03 February 2020

Temporary contract available until Dec 2020 on a 4 or 5 day a week basis. £23-£25,000 per annum (pro rata)

This is an exciting opportunity to join ARC and support the development and delivery of our creative programmes – including work with young, older and disabled people and an extensive community-led programme.

The role will involve managing specialist programme staff, freelancers and artists working across these areas, as well as directly coordinating individual projects and events. ARC’s programme is wide-ranging and a critical element of this role will be to oversee the connections between areas of work and ensure effective communication between departments.

The Creative Programmes Manager is a member of the Management Team, and will be required to act a designated Duty Manager on a regular basis.

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joint chief executive (operations), oxford playhouse, d/l 31 January 2020


Oxford Playhouse is thriving artistically and commercially, with record-breaking sales and a new commitment to regular producing and commissioning.

We are now seeking an exceptional leader in a new role of Joint Chief Executive (Operations). This exciting opportunity will share the Executive role working alongside our current Director, Louise Chantal, who will take on the role of Joint Chief Executive (Artistic). Both will report to and be given equal responsibility by the Board of Directors. The job descriptions of the two senior posts have been devised to enable the Joint Chief Executive (Artistic) to devote more time to the artistic vision, programme and practice of the company, while allowing the Joint Chief Executive (Operations) to lead on the successful and efficient management of the theatre, strengthening the organisation’s financial and operational resilience.

The Joint Chief Executives are equally responsible for the overall health and development of OP and all its activities and strategic, long-term planning. Consultation between the two senior officers will be continuous and creative. It is upon this relationship that the success and good health of the company will depend. Together the Artistic and Operations CEOs will head the Senior Management Team.

Deadline: 12pm on Friday 31 January 2020

Interviews: w/c 10 February 2020 (First Interviews) & w/c 17 February 2020 (Second Interviews)

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yv:idemystify, young vic, january-july 2020

A free programme of specialist events for theatre creators and makers launching in January 2020.
The programme will promote the sharing of best practice models around the creation of theatre work, to help open up new pathways in the industry and to provide a toolkit for theatre makers to help them navigate their creative journeys.

Each event in the series will be co-convened by an industry leader, with a spotlight placed on a particular topic or theme that is current and recurrent for the theatre-making community. At each event, two speakers will lead an informal, in-the-round conversation, intended to kick start sharing, questions and experiences from the group. The YV:IDemystify series will begin in January 2020.

Breaking Down The Doors - Thursday 23 January 2020, 4-6pm
In partnership with Jerwood Arts

This event looks at innovative ways into forging a creative career. It will begin with two creators of work who came to realise that received or set paths needed rethinking, and who went on to create their own best circumstances for the work they wanted to make or see made. Creators who chose, rather than knocking on doors, to create their own doors.

Directing and Dramaturgy - Friday 14 February 2020, 4-6pm
In partnership with the Young Vic Directors Program

This event looks at dramaturgy as an integral part of the development of a production, including, but not limited to, work on text. Which dramaturgical tools should be in a creator’s toolkit? How do dramaturges help create a show? And how do dramaturges help shape European theatre?

Festivals as a Pathway for Creating New Work - Thursday 4 June 2020, 4-6pm
In partnership with LIFT

This event looks at making work for theatre festivals, and addresses how creators of work respond to festival contexts, how shows are proposed and developed within these, how originators of work interact with the curated nature of festivals, and how they may subsequently take their work further.

Emerged, Mid-Career, And Then What? Routes for Theatre Makers - Friday 3 July 2020
In partnership with Stage Directors UK

This event is aimed at mid-career director-theatremakers who have had their first couple of shows (self-)produced and wish to progress to the next stage in their career. Whereas an earlier generation of theatre practitioners may have relied on an infrastructure of associate and artistic directorships as next steps in their pathway in the industry, such opportunities and positions are increasingly hard to find. Where can mid-career makers, too experienced for emerging talent schemes but not yet on the next tier, turn to? What examples of innovative pathways may offer inspiration to those feeling they’re stuck in the middle?

Events are FREE but ticketed. Tickets must be booked in advance. Max 2 Tickets per person.

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submissions open for big umbrella festival 2021, lincoln center, d/l 03 February 2020

The Big Umbrella Festival is a month-long festival presented by LC Kids dedicated to arts programs for young people on the autism spectrum and their families, happening in April 2021. This the second Big Umbrella Festival and is an outgrowth of Lincoln Center’s ongoing commitment to making art accessible in all forms to diverse audiences. The Big Umbrella Festival’s core objective is to enrich the lives of young people on the autism spectrum through inclusive art that engages and inspires.

The Big Umbrella Festival 2021 will feature dance and theater performances and workshops, music, and multidisciplinary events from local, national, and international artists.

We are looking for innovative companies that are pushing the bounds of traditional performances and creating dynamic experiences for young people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Applications will be reviewed through several rounds by a diverse panel of artists, educators, activists, young people on the spectrum, and the LCE Programming Team, among others.

You’ll be notified no later than early April of 2020 whether your submission was accepted or not. If circumstances dictate that you need information sooner, please email and we’ll do our best to get back to you in a timely fashion. Upon acceptance, you’ll be receiving further information about the particulars of the festival, the proposed timeframe the production will be slated to perform, social media guidelines, and press and marketing information and requests.

All applications must be submitted through this link. Deadline for receiving applications is February 3, 2020.
Please feel free to email with any questions.

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open call for artists, the library presents, d/l 07 February 2020

This is an open call for artists to suggest material for The Library Presents menu for Autumn 2020.

The Library Presents is currently planning for the Autumn Season (Oct-Dec 2020) which will include a mixture of performances, digital work and participatory workshops.

The programme aims to inspire and deliver a vibrant inclusive programme of high quality arts activities in accessible and welcoming venues.

What we are looking for:

-High-quality arts activity.
-Activity drawn from a broad range of art forms
-Performances / events less than 45 minutes should consider a double bill (of different shows) or an additional workshop / talk with the performance suitable for the whole audience.
-2 hour workshops (Proposals for a series of 3 or 4 sessions are welcome).
-An inclusive and diverse programme of activities that includes work representing different backgrounds, cultures and abilities.
-Artists and companies who are able to adapt or develop their activity so that it can be accommodated in library spaces.
-Non-offensive content, we will not programme an arts activity that contains swearing.
-It is our wish that the menu offers an inspiring range of choices with content for different ages and tastes.

We need to create a menu that contains a balance of art forms and which is not overwhelming for those choosing from it. There will be a selection process and artists will be notified by 13th March 2020 about whether they have been shortlisted and included on the menu. The Menu will then be shared with Library volunteers and local community groups who will help select the arts activities. In May artists will be notified whether they have been selected for the Autumn 2020 programme.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 7th February 2020.

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devoted & disgruntled 15, battersea arts centre, 8th – 10th February 2020

Join us for our 15th annual unconventional convention for everyone who loves, makes and lives theatre and the performing arts

Devoted & Disgruntled is an opportunity for everyone passionate about the arts, from audiences to artists, CEOs to FOH staff, grassroots groups to seasoned professionals, to get together and focus on the question What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts? It is a two and a half day event in which you get to set the agenda and decide what conversations you want to be part of.

Here's an invitation from Lee Simpson, Co-Artistic Director of Improbable:

As we watch current events unfold I would guess I am not alone being mired in anxiety, fear, anger, helplessness. But I feel none of those things when we meet as a community in Open Space. Not because we all know the answers and we all agree but because we have different opinions or perhaps no opinion at all and from this multiplicity of voices comes clarity. Actions seem obvious and possible. My path opens up and I know what to do. And there is so much to do.

For what it’s worth I think Theatre is in a fantastic amount of trouble. By the time you read this, goodness knows what political events have happened and how much more precarious the funding situation is; there’s been some tiny shifts towards a slightly less middle-class-white-male dominated sector yet already some are claiming it is “job done” when it really isn’t and this art form is, I reckon, getting less and less connected to anyone beyond its traditional constituency. I mean COME ON?!

Those are some of the things I think it is urgent that we work on. What about you?

Devoted and Disgruntled uses an Open Space format. This means that attendees get to set the agenda themselves, instead of following a fixed timetable of speakers - anyone can call a session on anything, which means that the most important and vital issues and topics can be discussed on the day.

This year tickets are Pay What You Choose for the full two and a half day event. Devoted & Disgruntled thrives when there's a wide range of voices in the room and we want everyone to be able to take part, regardless of finances.

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propeller 2020: call out for oxfordshire based theatre makers, the north wall, d/l 10 February 2020

A partnership project between The North Wall and Oxfordshire Theatre Makers.

Propeller is an opportunity for Oxfordshire based artists, companies and collectives to fine tune and stage new work for The North Wall 2020 Summer season. The successful company will receive in-kind support from The North Wall; including rehearsal space, technical support and a 3 day run in our theatre with a 50/50 box office split.

We see Propeller as a stepping stone for your show, rather than an end point and we hope that your show will develop beyond The North Wall.

This opportunity would suit (but not limited to):
- Companies looking to preview their show ahead of Edinburgh Fringe (or other festivals)
- Companies at the final stages of R&D
- Companies who are reviving a show
- Companies who are working towards an Autumn tour

Applications Close: 10 February
Interviews for Shortlisted Applicants: 21 February
Copy & Image deadline: 10 March
Studio Rehearsal Space: 26 – 29 May
Technical Support in Theatre: 1 – 3 June
Public Performances: 4 – 6 June

To Apply:
Please email Abie at with an expression of interest. This should include information on your company and your show (no longer than 2 – 3 pages).

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charlie hartill theatre reserve, pleasance, d/l 31 January 2020

Each year the Theatre Reserve provides a young theatre company with 4 of more cast members, the rare and extraordinary opportunity to present a fully produced, financed production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

What do you get?

£10,000 financing from the Pleasance towards the cost of presenting your show at the festival, which includes - guaranteed programming slot at Pleasance Edinburgh and London transfer; Accommodation and Travel; Edinburgh Fringe Registration and brochure fees; PR and marketing support; Mentorship; Rehearsal, development, sharing and work space; Support to develop and deliver accessible performances.

“With the backing and guidance of the Pleasance, we felt free to create something ambitious and inventive. I’d hugely encourage all emerging companies to apply.” Bible John, THESE GIRLS, 2019

Deadline 10am 31 Jan 2019

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2020 papatango new writing prize, d/l 02 February 2020

The 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize is open for entries! It was the first – and remains the only annual – playwriting award to guarantee its winner a full world premiere in London followed by a national tour, plus royalties, publication and a £6,500 commission to support a follow-up play.

As well as giving one brilliant writer an unrivalled launch, the Prize is unique in giving feedback to all entries. No other company makes such an investment in emerging playwrights.

The Prize is assessed completely anonymously. The reading team is at least 50% female, 20% people of colour and based across the country.
There is no age limit. There is no minimum or maximum level of experience required to enter.

All entrants will be able to opt-in to receive feedback if they wish; please make this clear when submitting your script.

Winners have been evenly divided between men and women. 70% have been state educated, with an age range stretching from the 20s to the 50s.


It is open to all residents of the UK or Ireland, free to enter, and assessed anonymously. Remember: all you need is a story.

The 2020 Prize is open for entries until 9pm on 2 February 2020.

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uk theatres grant scheme, theatres trust, d/l 03 February 2020

Applications for the next round of the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme are being accepted.

It is a capital fund set up by the Theatres Trust to award up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

Deadline for applications is Monday 3 February 2020 at noon.

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the women’s prize for playwriting, ellie keel productions, d/l 02 March 2020

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is an open invitation to all writers who identify as female in the UK and Ireland to create vivid, exciting and brave new work for the stage. We are interested in plays that rejoice in the depth and range of your imagination, that feast on dramatic possibility and are ambitious on all scales and subjects.

The winning playwright will receive £12,000 in respect of an exclusive option for EKP and Paines Plough to co-produce the winning play.

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is designed to celebrate and raise the profile of these playwrights by providing them with a national platform. Any person over 16 who identifies as female and is resident in the UK or Ireland will be eligible to enter The Women’s Prize for Playwriting. The prize will be for a full-length original play (defined as over 60 minutes in length), written in English, of any length and any cast size. Musicals and pantomimes will not be eligible, but plays which include music and/or songs, and plays for younger audiences, will be eligible. Plays must be unproduced, but may have had a rehearsed reading. There is no upper age limit to entry.

The judging panel for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 is chaired by senior literary agent Mel Kenyon, and further comprises:
-Playwright Tanika Gupta
-Sarah Frankcom
-Playwright Ella Hickson
-theatre producer and former Executive Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Kate Pakenham.
-Actress and writer Monica Dolan
-Actress Maxine Peake
-Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham.

Submissions will be open until Monday 02 March 2020, with the winner announced in June 2020.

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