house: Opportunities

communications officer, oxford playhouse, d/l 06 January 2020

Salary: £20,949

Oxford Playhouse is looking for a Communications Officer to join its team. A key member of the Marketing Team, the Communications Officer role has a particular focus on Press, PR and Social Media.
Oxford Playhouse is a playhouse for everyone. Positioned at the cultural heart of Oxfordshire, Oxford Playhouse inspires, engages and entertains a wide-reaching and diverse audience. It presents, produces and tours the highest quality middle-scale, small-scale and off-site theatre; supports and nurtures artists to make work; creates imaginative and ambitious participation opportunities for children, young people and wider communities and provides exceptional cultural experiences for all.

This role is a key part of the Marketing Team, contributing to the effective delivery of the Marketing and Audience Development strategies with a specific focus on press, PR and social media. The Marketing Team is responsible for driving sales and promoting all aspects of Oxford Playhouse, encouraging loyalty amongst existing audiences and developing new audiences.

Ideally you will have a minimum of 18 months experience working within a marketing or communications role and experience of running successful press and media campaigns. You should also have experience of running successful social media campaigns. We’re looking for excellent copywriting skills, a positive approach, the ability to multi task and work well in a fast paced environment.

Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 6th January 2020
Interviews: Friday 10th January 2020

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head of development, theatre royal, bury st edmunds, d/l 08 January 2020

Full-time, permanent
Salary £30,000

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Fundraiser with a passion for the arts and specifically theatre to join the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Management team as Head of Development. This role devises and delivers the strategy for raising an annual core target, and project work requirements.

This 350 seat Georgian theatre is currently celebrating it’s 200th anniversary with special events to supplement the varied and vibrant programme of work.

If you would like to be considered for this post, please complete and return the Application Form by midday on Wednesday 8 January 2020.

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applications open: pitch up for libraries and theatre makers, d/l 24 January 2020

Applications are open for Pitch Up Libraries!

Pitch Up is a half-day event hosted by Farnham Maltings as part of the South East venue network and touring initiative, house.
It’s made up of 5-minute presentations from theatre makers who have created and want to create work for libraries and 2-5 minute presentations from libraries and other venues about their spaces.

This season’s Pitch Up event will be hosted by Chesham Library in Chesham. This is a half-day event welcoming theatre-makers, producers, venue programmers and, for this particular event, library staff! The event will focus on connecting theatre-makers creating work for libraries, and library teams looking to host performance in their buildings.

‘Pitches’ are presented in a spirit of openness and collaboration, ensuring it’s a valuable event whether you’re pitching or not.
How do theatre-makers apply?

Please apply online by written application. Please read the guidelines carefully, and submit your application before 12noon on Friday 24 January 2020. Alternatively, you can download application form here.
How libraries or venues apply?

If you’re from a library or you’re a venue programmer and you’d like to pitch (a 2 minute intro to who you are and what you would like to do with your spaces) please contact Katy Snelling for information and to register your interest.

Pitches do not need to be formal presentations – they are a way to introduce yourself and your library, service or venue in order to start conversations with artists and other venues/organisations.

For more information please click on the link below

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assistant producer (producing and touring), the place, d/l 06 January 2020

The Place, London’s creative powerhouse for dance development, has been leading the way in dance training, creation and performance for 50 years. In a changing landscape, our vision for the future is steadfast: we are powering imagination through dance, championing new ideas, embracing risks and creating optimal conditions for dance artists and enthusiasts to realise their full potential.

We are now looking for an arts administrator who has knowledge of performing arts in the UK and is keen to develop their producing skills to work within the Producing and Touring team at The Place.

Working with our Projects Producers, you will support the delivery of The Place’s Producing and Touring activities. No two days will be the same and you will work on day-to-day administration to facilitate projects to support the development of dance and dance makers in the UK. You’ll be part of a team of producers, programmers, technicians, front of house staff and artists who are passionate about their craft and the arts.

If you have experience of administration and project management, preferably in the arts and a talent for problem solving and a passion for contemporary dance, we would love to hear from you.

We will be holding two information events for this role, Thu 12 Dec 1pm-2pm and Fri 13 Dec 6pm- 7pm. These will provide an opportunity to learn more about The Place, to meet some of the Theatre and Artist Development Team and to ask questions about the role and application process. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

Salary: £23,725 per annum rising to £24,325 per annum upon completion of the six-month probationary period.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Mon 6 Jan 2020

Interviews: Thu 16 and Fri 17 Jan 2020 at The Place

We actively encourage BAME and disabled applicants and value the positive impact that difference has on our teams.

The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY

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charlie hartill theatre reserve, pleasance, d/l 31 January 2019

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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untapped, underbelly, d/l 15 January 2020

The Edinburgh Fringe, the biggest arts festival in the world, is a vital showcase and opportunity for artists. However, every year, it becomes more difficult for early and mid-career artists to take their work to the Fringe - especially ambitious groups who aren't presenting solo shows.

Untapped, by New Diorama, Underbelly and Oberon Books, is the most ambitious opportunity on offer to take exceptional work to the Edinburgh Fringe. We're making it possible for three emerging/mid-career theatre ensembles to go to the festival, offering a cash investment of £4500 per group, as well as marketing and press support, securing a favourable Underbelly venue and time slot, and the option to be published by Oberon Books.

What's on Offer?
-A prime slot at an Underbelly venue during Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
-A great deal with a favourable box office split and no venue deposit or guarantee.
-A transfer to New Diorama Theatre following the Fringe
-A cash investment of £4,500 towards company travel, accommodation and expenses.
-Marketing support from an experienced team, including flyering support from the Underbelly street team, outdoor poster boards and production photography
-A press campaign with an excellent PR company
-An option to have the production published by Oberon Books, including a separate commission fee and agreement beyond the award.

The Untapped Award is open to Theatre Companies only. Companies must have a minimum of two performers in their production. The award is not open to Comedy and Improv troupes, or Solo performers.

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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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company & stage manager, derby theatre, d/l 06 January 2020

39hrs per week

Salary: Up to £24,000 depending on experience

Derby Theatre is currently entering an exciting phase in its development and will be expanding its staff team over the coming months. We are currently looking for a Company and Stage Manager to both work directly with artistic, technical and production teams, and to be a bridge for cross-departmental communication across the organisation. The role collaborates across artistic and learning projects whilst also providing a key supporting role to the department enabling effective planning of production activity throughout the year. Undertaking a variety of stage management roles within produced work and other projects, this broad role includes performance duties as required.

The successful applicant will have previous experience in a similar role, along with excellent communication and collaboration skills. Essential to this role is a commitment to Derby Theatre’s Learning Theatre model and therefore a willingness to engage with learners (including students and the general public) is vital.

We positively encourage people with disabilities or from minority ethnic backgrounds to apply to join our teams as they are under-represented within Derby Theatre’s workforce. We guarantee to interview any candidate with a disability or from an ethnic minority background who meets the essential criteria for the role.

Full details about this role can be found in the job description and person specification on our website. To apply please download and complete the application and diversity monitoring forms and return them to Please note CVs will not be considered.

Interviews 17 January 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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brighton young playwrights, new writing south and theatre royal brighton, d/l 10 January 2020

If you're 16 - 25 and want to explore the possibilities of writing for performance join this 8 week course facilitated by professional playwright Sara Clifford and run by Theatre Royal Brighton in association with New Writing South.

At the end of the course participants will have their short play read by professional actors in a promenade performance around the historic Theatre Royal Brighton. All writers aged 16 – 25 are welcome to participate in this programme. You don’t need previous experience, just an interest in writing and ambition to write a short play.

Sessions: Selected Saturday mornings 10am -12.30pm from 25 January - 25 April 2020

Final Performance Sunday 3 May 2020

Fee: £120 per participant. A limited number of bursary places are available for those unable to afford the full fee.

To apply: Complete our online application form which includes a field for you to upload a short extract of your work which has been written for performance.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 10 January 2020

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catalyst 2020, north wall arts centre, d/l 03 January 2020

Through a programme of initiatives across the year, including ground-breaking residential workshops, The North Wall supports the production of new work and development opportunities for early-career and professional artists. We call this our ArtsLab.
Catalyst is the cornerstone of our commitment to new writing for the theatre.

We are on the lookout for early-career playwrights and directors aged 18 – 25 to join us for two intensive weeks, from 23 March – 3 April. You will be working with professional actors, and directing and writing mentors to create new work, with extracts to be presented as part of Alchymy Festival 2020.

This is a free residency, with accommodation and all meals provided.

For writers, selection is by application, script submission and interview.

For Directors, selection is by application and interview.

Longlist: 3 February
Shortlist Announced: 17 February
Director Interviews: 18 – 19 February
Playwright Interviews: 20 – 21 February
Catalyst Residency: 23 March – 3 April
Alchymy Festival: 3 – 5 April

Please note that all interviews will take place via Skype and you will not be required to travel to Oxford.

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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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ITC Arts Training Timetable

These training courses are designed to provide you with the toolkit of essential skills and specialist knowledge needed to run a performing arts company successfully.

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