house: Opportunities

new internationalists professional development programme, caravan d/l 25 June

new internationalists offers 4 independent theatre makers a year of support designed to help them internationalise their practice. The programme will help artists to explore the opportunities that ‘internationalising’ might offer including accessing new revenue streams. The programme will offer the support, guidance, training, networks, digital materials and seed investment that best prepares each artist to develop an international strand to their practice.

September 2018 – September 2019

Who’s it for?

The programme is open to independent artists and companies (i.e. not in receipt of NPO funding) based in England and working in the field of contemporary theatre.
Applicants must have a minimum 3 years professional experience and have received recognition for their work in the UK.
Applicants will ideally have some international experience (residencies, performances, interest from international promoters) and an idea of which international markets might be right for their work.
Applicants must be able to meet the time requirements of the programme.
What will it involve?
The programme will be a mixture of bespoke support, group and individual sessions. The group elements of the programme are designed to foster a peer network that the artists can use for support going forward.

Each company/artist will receive:

£2500 investment to cover the cost their time to participate in the programme
£1500 towards the cost of producing digital materials
£2000 towards identified training or subvention to pursue a particular international ambition
a two day residential, mentoring and a group funded visit to IETM or similar.
Artists are expected to cover the cost of their own travel to UK meetings, and accommodation and per diems for the international group visit.

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ArtsLab Summer Residency 2018: The Wardrobe Ensemble

FREE Summer Residency Project, 23rd July – 11th August 2018

Aged 18-25? Passionate about pursuing a career in the performing arts? Applications are now open for The North Wall’s annual summer residency, this year led by the award-winning theatre company, THE WARDROBE ENSEMBLE.
Together we’re seeking an ensemble of young performers with a few associated places for emerging designers, musicians, technicians and producers to join us for a residency at our venue in Oxford. Over three weeks, you will create a new piece of theatre, leading to a public sharing.
This is a free project and accommodation and meals are included. Selection is initially by application, then interview / audition. Application forms and full details from

Initial auditions & interviews take place in London and Oxford as follows:
Sat 10 June (London) // venue TBA
Sun 11 June (Oxford) // The North Wall, OX2 7JN

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 18 May

Further information from the website or contact Sherrell Perkin on 01865 319457,

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circus convention – state of play, No Fit State Cirus

STATE OF PLAY: 13 – 16 April
Four days of workshops, play, collective training and exchanges for emerging
and established practitioners alike, this is a convention dedicated to circus
performers lead by inspiring artists and speakers.
An opportunity for people to encounter each other artistically and socially,
State of the Play brings together like-minded folk to laugh, learn, perform and
play over a weekend of inspiration and creativity. In the spirit of Circus 250,
we look at the earlier genres of circus performance to explore the roots and
foundations of the form with specialist practitioners before we invite makers
from different horizons for encounters with of “different directors”.
Thursday 12 April
Blake’s Circus work in progress
Arrivals and registrations
Friday 13 April
Workshops // Mick Barnfather, Desperate Men, SpyMonkey and Gandini
Saturday 14 April
Workshops // Desperate Men, Gandini Juggling
NoFit State Surgeries // Rigging, Touring and administrating
Kate Kavanagh // How we talk about circus
Open Space training
Sunday 15 April
Open Space traning
Workshops // Firenza Guidi, Desperate Men, SpyMonkey
Monday 16 April
Workshops // Firenza Guidi
Open Space training
Silvia Frattelli // How to look after yourself
Milton Lopez // on his project Elephant
Professor Vanessa // What is circus
Scratch show
Pub Quiz and party!
STATE OF THE ART: 17 – 18 April
Two days of explorations, interrogations, provocations and conversations for
makers and thinkers. Designed through consultation within the sector, this
event has been shaped for and by the people who make circus in the UK
This is a conference aimed at producers, presenters, artists and circus fans.
Let’s discuss the next 250 years of circus together, without the
establishment’s agenda, and foster creative debate amongst ourselves.
Tuesday 17 April
Brunch, welcome and provocations
Orit Azaz // What do we want to talk about ?
Jaine Lumsden // What Makes Quality
NoFit State founders // Circus as a way of life
Ken Fanning and Gerry Cottle // TED talks
Dinner, NoFit State new show LEXICON and party!
Wednesday 18 April
Coffee and Networking
John Fox // Morning words
Ali Williams // Circus as a response to today’s challenges
Firenza Guidi // Dramaturgy in circus
Flying Seagull Project // TED talk
Kate Kavannagh, Luke Hellegarten // How we talk about circus
Vicki Amedume // Where are we going and how do we get there
All registrations include a ticket for LEXICON and two
meals a day within the Circus Village with the NoFit
State company.
Accommodation and travel are not included.
Prices (independent / NPO)
State of Play and State of the Art combined: £100 / £160
State of Play only: £60 / £100
State of the Art only: £50 / £80
State of Play or State of the Art single day: £40 / £30
Registrations here.
Bursaries available, email for more info.

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call for presenters and promoters, Surf the Wave

Surf the Wave is an ambitious programme to create a step change in how the UK showcases dance and extends and strengthens tours for artists and companies. It has emerged from the National Dance Network and is supported by the Showcasing Strategy Working Group.

PDSW is hosting Surf the Wave between 2017 and 2020. It starts with an eighteen-month programme (October 2017 to May 2019) of talent development and artist support involving artists, producers and promoters (including those new to dance) around the country.

Then there is the UK Dance Showcase itself, which will run from 16-19 May 2019. After the Showcase, there will be a year’s programme of touring and development support to help realize tour bookings and strengthen artist/promoter relationships stemming from the Showcase.

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MA Directing Circus, Bath Spa University by Circomedia

Launched in September of last year, this is the first Masters course of its kind anywhere in the world. It was developed to address a recognised need across the global circus community to create and support a new kind of performance director – one who is aware of the possibilities and limitations of using circus in an artistic context. Our inaugural cohort have been working with Bim Mason, Circomedia’s Artistic and Education Director, as well as other Circomedia staff and industry professionals such as Charlotte Mooney of Ockham’s Razor and Sean Gandini. In December the MA students worked with the Year 1 Degree students on Circomedia’s first collaborative show.

We will be hosting an Open Evening for the MA on Thursday 1st March at Portland Square for anyone interested in applying. There will be the opportunity to talk with Bim and ask lots of questions about the course, before watching Alula Cyr’s performance of Hyena and then taking part in a discussion with Bim and the cast about directing circus. The event will begin at 6.15pm, if you or anyone you know would like to attend then please email

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Seeking Disability sector champions for 2018

Are you a business leader? Are you passionate about accessibility? Do you want to encourage culture change within UK business? If your answer to these questions is yes, you could be one of the next Disability Sector Champions.

The Office for Disability Issues is seeking disability sector champions in 6 new sectors.

In February 2017, 11 sector champions were announced who are using their influential status as leaders in their sectors to drive improvements to the accessibility, and quality, of services and facilities in their sector.

However, while these champions have all made great progress on this agenda in their respective sectors, there is much more to do to provide equal opportunities and choice for disabled people across the whole of society.

So, we are issuing a call for business people to become sector champions initially for a year, in each of the following sectors:

leisure – pubs, restaurants and so on
arts and culture – for example, theatre, cinema, museums
It is our hope that these Champions will become a catalyst for change. We need champions who are ambitious, passionate and dynamic, with strong networks and the ability to reach out to a wide range of organisations and to create momentum for change.

We would be grateful for expressions of interest from people who are ready for this challenge, and would welcome the opportunity to work within their sector and beyond to deliver on these goals.

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Stopgap Dance Company Taster workshops – spring 2018

This spring we are running a series of taster workshops for potential candidates of our relaunched Apprentice Company, Sg2.

Come along to one of several sessions being held throughout January, February and March 2018 in Holland in Den Haag, and in the UK in Eastleigh, Ipswich, London and Taunton.

Auditions for Sg2 dancers will then be held in April 2018 and the new company will start working together from September 2018.

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Progression: Artist Support, Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre are looking for emerging and early career artists to support through their Progression programme. Progression supports creative young people, as well as emerging and early career artists, to develop their skills, artistic practice and careers.

The project offers various forms of support, including space, mentoring, performance opportunities, producing and production support and general advice. There is no formal application procedure, but artists and companies should contact Chris Williams – – for an initial discussion. You are advised to send some information about your practice, what you are currently working on and what support you are looking for. This will help us to decide whether or not your work might be a good fit with the organisation, and if we are able to support you. We also recommend inviting us to see your work where possible.

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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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