Support Artist Opportunity (PAID)

Word Lounge Theatre Company – Spring 2021

Deadline: 28 January 2021 (12noon)

Women & Theatre want to recruit a paid support artist, aged 18-25*, to work on our online Word Lounge Theatre Company project, taking place over Zoom during spring 2021.  

Women & Theatre welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are particularly interested in increasing the diversity of our team and welcome applications from people of non-white British backgrounds and disabled people. We also welcome applications from people with care experience or experience as a young carer. *This project is funded by Birmingham City Council and the engagement of a Support Artist aged 18-25 is a funding requirement. 

THE PROJECT:

Word Lounge Theatre Company is a performance-based company for children in care, young carers and young people with additional education needs. Spring 2021 will see WLTC’s first online project with sessions taking place via Zoom.  

This will provide creative opportunities for young people to devise and make short films for digital audiences. The work will be led by the ideas of participants and the process will involve devising scripts, story-boarding, and filming remotely. 

We will be working with two groups to make films over 10 weekly sessions – one on Thursday early evenings and one on Saturday afternoons – to suit different people’s availability. Both groups will come together for a preview session and the films will be launched in May 2021. Through the project, those that want to, will also have the opportunity to work towards a Bronze Arts Award.

Project Content

Word Lounge Theatre Company has traditionally been shaped and led by the young people involved, and this term will be no different. We will run interactive sessions, including drama warm ups and games, ultimately working towards the creation of short films.  This may include participants filming on Zoom directly, on their own devices, or contributing to the process in another way behind the camera.  

Project Team 

The Support Artist will work alongside W&T’s Artistic Director Janice Connolly; Lead Artist Practitioner Jo Gleave; Project Coordinator Katie Webster, freelance filmmaker Kate Green and project volunteers.  Our established YP-led approach means participants will be empowered and supported to develop skills and create their own work, validating their own ideas and abilities.

THE ROLE: 

The Support Artist will be involved in planning, delivering and evaluating sessions. This will include supporting participants and helping create work, including facilitating activities in Zoom breakout rooms, and making notes.  

The role will involve a wide range of responsibilities. They may include leading portions of weekly sessions, collating the YP’s creative work into scripts and supporting their ideas, facilitating filming and recording on Zoom, assisting the rest of the team in rehearsals, and participating in session debriefs.  This list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the range and type of things that the Support Artist might be doing at any one time. 

The most important thing is that the Support Artist is adaptable, can take initiative and works in a supportive and inclusive way with the participants, responding to their individual needs. It is also important for the Support Artist to be comfortable working on Zoom as they will be technically supporting the Zoom sessions, hosting meetings and setting up breakout rooms. 

DATES:

Note, to enable the YP to make the most of each session, they will be split into two groups. The Support artist will need to be present in both groups. 

Planning Meeting: Wednesday 3 February 2021, 1.30 – 4pm

Group A: Saturdays, 2 – 4pm (we ask people to log on from 2pm for a prompt start at 2.30pm)

Saturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 Feb; 6, 13, 20 & 27 March 2021, (Easter break),  17 & 24 April 2021.

Group B: Thursdays, 4 – 6pm (we ask people to log on from 4pm for a prompt start at 4.30pm)

Thursday 4, 11, 18 & 25 Feb; 4, 11, 18 & 25 March & 1 April 2021, (Easter break), 22 April 2021.

Date of preview session & digital launch TBC

There will be some additional time on Zoom before and after the sessions to talk with the team and debrief, and other planning activity to be arranged at mutually convenient times.

RATE OF PAY:

£85 per day & £42.50 per half day (up to 4 hours)

PERSON PROFILE:

Essential:

  • Creative ideas
  • Committed, hard working & responsible
  • An interest in working with young people and those with additional needs
  • An interest in working in a creative, interactive way via Zoom
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • An interest in theatre and participatory arts 
  • Good verbal & written communication & interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • An empathy with the ethos of the Company 
  • A recent DBS will be required (we can help you process one if needed)

Desirable:

  • Knowledge & practical experience of filming & recording work
  • Knowledge of evaluation and monitoring
  • Knowledge of safeguarding including when working online.
  • Knowledge of Arts Award

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact us with details of:  

  • Why you are interested in this post
  • What qualities and experience would you bring to this post 
  • Any relevant experience.
  • Confirmation that you are available for the above dates

You can send us your CV and a cover letter/ email. You may alternatively submit a short video or voice recording. Please ensure these are under 5 minutes in length.

Please get in touch if there is anything that we can do to support you in your application, either by emailing jesspearson@womenandtheatre.co.uk, or calling 07956 773 196. 

DEADLINE: 12noon on Thursday 28 January 2021

INTERVIEWS: Monday 1 February 2021