Bridport Arts Centre is looking for a dynamic and intuitive theatre facilitator/director to lead our youth theatre. This weekly group has been a great opportunity for generations of creative young people to express themselves and there is a legacy of devised, innovative theatre-making to uphold. We are looking for someone to help us maximise the exciting opportunities available to help us grow our long-established youth theatre and play an important part in supporting us in celebrating our 50th year in 2023.
We are seeking an inspiring theatre practitioner with proven facilitation and directing skills, a flair for improvisation and an enabling style of leadership. The post holder will facilitate an environment that provides the excitement and expectations of professional theatre making, while still allowing the students to be teenagers. In the students’ own words, they will need to be able to ‘Keep control, be patient but not be boring, have an offbeat sense of humour and be good at improvisation and providing a positive group experience.’
Role & Responsibilities
The Director is responsible for delivering explorative and enjoyable theatre classes which challenge the students to step outside their comfort zone, supporting them to experience and develop a range of performance skills including improv, movement, character development, devising, physical theatre, humour, eccentricity, and script work. The classes culminate in a short performance at the end of each term, providing an opportunity for the students to showcase their work to parents, peers, and the wider community. The summer term performance is usually a full-length show. The ideal candidate will be adept at balancing support for students (a real range of different characters, ages, and abilities) as individuals, along with the creation of a cohesive ensemble.
Education and training
Degree level or industry experience, ideally with a professional performance background and experience of facilitating groups of young people. Ideally, they will also have a performance practice of their own, allowing the youth theatre to benefit from industry experience and the energy of a current creative practice.
Hours: Classes take place for 2.15hrs every Wednesday evening 5:45pm until 8pm during school term time, with breaks in line with school holidays.
Additional hours by agreement to support coordination and delivery of vision and productions, with main production at end of year, smaller events at the end of terms and occasional curtain raisers etc. in collaboration with arts centre.
Age range of students: 12-18
Venue: The Marlow Theatre at Bridport Arts Centre
Workshop fee: £125 per session
Employment status: Freelance
To apply for this role please submit CV and covering letter demonstrating your suitability for this post. Please also ensure that you include 2 referees.
Email Mick Smith, Director, Bridport Arts Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please use the same email for any questions about the role).
or post to Mick Smith, Director, Bridport Arts Centre, c/o The Old Potting Shed, Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport DT6 3JP
Closing date: Midday Sun 21st Aug 2022. Applications received after this date and time cannot be considered.
Interviews: Friday 26th August 2022
Further information about Bridport Arts Centre can be found on our website: bridport-arts.com.