house: Opportunities

Associate Director, Cardboard Citizens – d/l 30 May 2017

Cardboard Citizens is seeking to recruit an experienced director/facilitator to become a key driver of Cardboard Citizens’ artistic ambitions.

The key objectives of the post are:

To contribute to the creation, direction and realisation of the overall artistic vision for the company
To lead on the direction of participatory theatre projects, productions and workshops offered by Cardboard Citizens for homeless and ex-homeless people, including young people, refugees and asylum seekers.
To develop and grow external training activities with the arts and social sectors
To develop and manage strategic relationships with arts partners, service providers, London Boroughs and other statutory and voluntary sector agencies.
Deadline for applications extended to 5pm on Tuesday 30 May

We welcome applications from people of different ages, genders, social and economic backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations, and to people with and without disabilities.

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Head of Learning and Participation, Ovalhouse – d/l 30 May 2017

Application closing date: 30th May 2017
Interviews commencing: 6th June 2017
Ovalhouse are seeking a Head of Learning and Participation.
Together with a talented team of managers and practitioners and in dialogue with the Leadership team (Director [CEO], Executive Producer and General Manager) and Head of Theatre and Artists’ Development, the Head of Learning and Participation will scope and lead the next phase for the organisation’s Learning and Participation Programme.
This role is central to the theatre’s ambitious plans for the coming years, make no mistake – this is a tall order role. We want a dynamic, inspired and organised change-maker; someone with empowering leadership and a personal ease at creating and managing multiple and diverse teams.
Fearless and friendly, you will not be daunted by the task ahead - a revamp of learning, participation and engagement within a department with a strong track record and masses of redesign potential. But you can have all that and without a sense of fun, flexibility and a flirtation with risk we might pass up on you anyway!
You could be doing this already from a small scale operation, preferably a venue that champions young people and their work, you may be a functioning cog in a massive arts wheel, whatever your current deal – we are looking for someone who sits well in an organisational set up – we want someone with both experience and ambition for theatre for young people. Bags of it.
We welcome applications from people of different ages, genders, social and economic backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations, and to people with and without disabilities.
Previous applicants are welcome to apply.

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General Manager, ITC – d/l 2 June 2017

ITC is the UK Management Association and representative body for 450 Professional Independent Performing Arts Companies and practitioners.

We are seeking an excellent organiser and team player to become our new General Manager.
The post is full time (35 hours per week) salary £28,000.

ITC is based within the vibrant arts hub at The Albany in Deptford and this post would suit someone keen to develop their network in the performing arts sector.

ITC is a committed Equal Opportunities employer and we are open to applications for flexible working or job share.

The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd June 2017 noon – these can be returned by email to or post. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 7th June. If you are shortlisted for interview you will be notified by phone by 5pm Monday 5th June so please ensure that a contact phone number is included on your application form for that week.

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Reframed Project Development Programme, The Lighthouse – d/l 30 May 2017

Made up of five residential sessions, run at Lighthouse between July – October 2017, the programme will support six selected individuals or teams to each develop a project idea.

Applications are invited from any of the following fields:
• Film, documentary, animation
• Games
• Interactive arts or media
• VR / Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality
• Immersive Theatre

Applicants may have experience of one or more of the following, although the list below is not exhaustive:
• Writing, directing, producing, animation
• Artist, illustration, graphic novels
• Coding, interactive design, games development
• Set design, production design, sound design, VFX, cinematography

Please note: participants do not need to have prior experience of working in this area – it’s the strength of your ideas we’re interested in, not your track record of producing similar work.

Date: July – October 2017
Venue: Lighthouse
Fee: £300 per project
Participants: 6 individuals/teams

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Call for Applications, Prosper – d/l 31 May 2017

Call for applications: Arts Council England-funded business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries

Creative United have launched Prosper- a new, Arts Council England-funded business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries.

Prosper offers 70 arts and cultural organisations, companies or individual entrepreneurs in England the opportunity to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities.

The programme is designed to improve confidence and capabilities with business planning and modelling, sustainability, diverse finance and funding streams and strategy. Delivered by over 35 industry experts, participants will have access to 1-to-1 business advice, masterclasses, workshops, webinars and meetups.

80% of the organisations and businesses chosen for Prosper will be from outside of London and applications from a range of sectors and genres are encouraged to apply.

Applications are now open! The deadline is 31st May 2017. Find out more and start your application at

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Performance Opportunity for Young Disabled Artists, The Blue Orange Theatre – 7th June 2017

Permission to Perform: Development Opportunity for Disabled Artists aged between 14-25

What? An exciting workshop event in creative performance for young disabled people aged between 14-25, providing opportunities for new and emerging artists. There will be 6 workshops beginning from 7th June with a final performance at the end on 19th July, taking place at The Blue Orange Theatre. All performers will be under the artistic guidance of author, artist, musician, as well as 9 times paralympic gold medallist, Robin Surgeoner.

Why? The lifestyles, structures and day-to-day challenges of young disabled people rarely permit free artistic expression. At the Blue Orange Theatre, we seek to provide a platform and opportunities for new and emerging artists and to help identify the artists of the future.

When? Wednesdays, from 7th June to 12th July 2017, 10.30am - 5.30pm

Performance: 19th July 2017 (time to be confirmed)

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Sunday Surgery Script Development Workshop – 28th May 2017

2-6pm Sunday 28th May @ The Poor School, 242 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JY

SundaySurgery brings together writers, actors and directors to collaborate within a rehearsal-room setting, to help writers progress their scripts.

Each month we intensively workshop extracts from three new drama scripts for two hours with professional actors and a director. Each scene is then performed to the rest of the group and followed by a constructive, chaired feedback discussion, giving writers the opportunity to sound out their work in front of peers and fellow professionals.

All participants are welcome to invite industry guests to the performances and treat them as an informal showcase for their work.

SundaySurgery has also become a fantastic networking opportunity for participants and guests, as we carry on the banter in the bar afterwards. SundaySurgery nvites the London Directors and Producers Meet-Up to the performances for networking purposes.

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Charityfair, Directory of Social Change – 28-29 June 2017

DSC Charityfair 28-29 June

Fundraising, Management & leadership, Marketing & communications, Governance

Get the inspiration and expertise you need to continue making a real difference.

DSC Charityfair is a training event for voluntary organisations, taking place on 28-29 June in London. It consists of 18 learning lab training sessions, covering; fundraising, governance, leadership and marketing. Individual learning labs are just £55 for a 90 minute session, whilst an early bird day rate is £130 (consisting of 3 learning lab sessions and lunch).

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5-day Masterclass in the Czech Republic – 2-6 July 2017

A 5-day masterclass led by Alex Byrne and Kjell Moberg will take place between 2.- 6.July 2017. The masterclass will take place in Mšeno, a little town an hour outside of Prague, where we started our work in 2001.

In the same venue where the performances My Long Journey Home, Past Half Remembered and The End of Everything Ever were made we offer long working days, communal living and all the pleasures of the Czech countryside. This is raw, unique and a seldom visit to the core of our work.

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One Day Intensive with Mariantonia Oliver for dance professionals working with older people – Saturday 17 June 2017

Saturday 17th June 10am-4pm, Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth, £25. To book contact

This workshop is for dance practitioners who work with older people, or would like to, to inspire, learn and share. It will focus on-

- exercise structures to use as a body warm-up and as a movement training. Bone structure, joints and deep musculature. Working from the floor, then seated, then in the space.

- concepts from Mariantonia’s work- movement that recognizes the worth of older people.

- tools to challenge gravity without fear, taste risk without danger.

- individual and group movement research work.

- personal musicality and rhythm.

- dance as artistic project.

- dance as social project.

- why do we dance? Dance as life’s energy. The joy of dancing.

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Edinburgh Lab (10 week course) – 13 May – 8 July 2017


Course 13 May-8 July with a performance on 22 July.

Working alongside our Comedy Associate, with guest artists popping in over the term and dramaturgy with our Artistic Team, this programme is designed to help artists develop their work in the run up to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. Whether you’re working on a solo show, a piece of writing, a comedy sketch or stand up routine, we’re here to help. Want to know more about press releases, producing, marketing, previews and re-drafting your work, look no further.

Previous guests include:
Bec Hill, Underbelly, Kelly Fogarty, Richard Gadd, Sam Simmons

Thinking of applying? Why not come to our Comedy Lab sharings on Sat 18 March to see what it’s all about, tickets available soon.

Edinburgh Plus runs as a 10 week course (May-July). We ask that participants commit to attending all 10 weeks.

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International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston

Now in it’s ninth year, the UK’s biggest open access multi-arts festival for performers aged under 27 features some of the best new work from talented rising stars from around the world.
The 10-day festival hosts around 200 events, including performances at Kingston’s famous Rose Theatre, ACT Theatre, and Market Square with free live music outdoor stage.
Events include: theatre, dance, comedy, music, visual art, spoken word, carnival procession, workshops, exhibitions and record fair.
Applications for 2017 are now closed. But highlights will include critically-acclaimed comedy blockbuster Police Cops, award-winning Young Folk musicians’ showcase, London Russian Ballet School and a multitude of quirky acts stopping off on the way to Edinburgh Fringe.
A £30 'Friends' wristband gives new drama enthusiasts 50% off up to 20 shows, as well as substantial food, bar and merchandise discounts. Email for info.

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Stepladder Award 2017, applications now open – d/l 26 June 2017

The award is open for companies with an established track record of producing work – either as part of a fringe festival or in a London fringe theatre or regional venue.

We welcome applications from companies with an established company who have worked together for several years and have mounted a minimum of two previous shows and are committed to developing their company and practice through mounting a first full tour over the next two years.

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AMA conference 2017: The Value of Everything – 25-27 July 2017

This year’s AMA conference will bring together 600+ arts, culture and heritage professionals in the historic city of Belfast.

AMA conference 2017 — The Value of Everything will consider relevant emerging ideas, current trends and existing practice. We have unlimited access to ideas about how we can build relationships with the public. But how do we decide what our audiences value the most?

AMA conference 2017 will help you adopt the best of the new and adapt the old to maximise your impact and grow your audiences. This is a chance to hear from a range of sector leaders, spark new ideas, learn from inspiring case studies and catch up with old friends and meet new ones. You’ll return to the office with a growing network and full of ideas to share with your team.

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Arts Course Directory, Arts Professional

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” said Mahatma Gandhi.

It’s a great principle, and one that pays dividends for arts professionals. Which is why we’re relaunching our Conferences, Training & Events section to include a broader spread of learning opportunities.

As well as continuing to bring you news of professional development events aimed at helping you to unlock your talent, we have curated an online searchable database of relevant accredited courses being delivered by education providers in the UK and beyond.

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