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Contract Type:Internship/traineeship
Salary or training bursary: National Living Wage
6 months
Company:Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre
Location:Birmingham / Remote
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:09/08/2021 - 17:00
Start date:October 2021

Children's Theatre Leadership Trainee

Love theatre? Passionate about social inclusion? Enjoy working with children? If that’s three ticks, this exciting 6 month-long traineeship could be just what you're looking for...

Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre is a neuro-diverse led organisation with their head in the clouds and their feet firmly planted in Brummie soil. They make, support and promote creatively inventive participatory music theatre and multi-artform activities. Their work has a dedicated focus towards young people in systemically marginalised communities, and is normally developed in collaboration with grassroots local partners. Their vision? A world where every young person can access outstanding multi-artform theatrical encounters which celebrate their creativity, in the heart of their local community.

The team at Cloud Cuckoo Land are looking for someone to join them for a six month, three-day a week role as their Children's Theatre Leadership Trainee. The successful candidate will support the company’s Artistic Director, Associate Director and Musical Director alongside their producer Curiosity Productions with the day-to-day creative and administrative leadership of the company. The trainee will gain a thorough grounding in the skills, knowledge, processes and networks involved in running a small-scale Theatre for Young Audiences [TYA] company.

The traineeship will include participation in 38 half-day remote training sessions with the company’s Directors and visiting industry specialists. These sessions will include practical workshops exploring performance techniques, creative team collaboration, communication skills, growing meaningful relationships with grassroots audiences and equitable participation pedagogies from diverse cultures. The trainee will attend company management meetings, board meetings and wider sector meetings / events and symposia run by industry organisations.

If you are committed to creating theatre for and with children in systemically marginalised communities or who have less access to the arts this is an outstanding opportunity to get your foot through the door of the sector.

What you will learn

  • How to support CCL’s Artistic Director and Musical Director with running the Cuckoo Collective ensemble development process for emerging performers and creatives
  • Exploring key issues around creating children’s theatre for/with systemically marginalised communities via an in-depth programme of discussion-based training sessions with external specialists
  • How to support the devising and delivery of a short series of workshops with children who speak English as an Additional Language in grassroots community settings in core local communities
  • Creatively support CCL’s short Research & Development process for new music theatre productions for younger children, assisting producers with drawing up pitches, development plans and fundraising strategies
  • Undertake career development mentoring with a Theatre for Young Audiences leadership specialist relevant to the your area of practical expertise
  • Complete self-directed research into their chosen practitioners, methodologies and/or TYA company management models in their core area/ s of TYA practice
  • Liaison with CCL’s key partners across different sectors, gaining experience in partnerships building
  • Complete a training case-study exploring potential cross-sector partnerships for children’s theatre organisations in one super-diverse, inner-city Birmingham neighbourhood
  • Development and online distribution of CCL’s Cuckoo Collective online platform, including creating their own online profile, portfolio of theatre work and multimedia blogs for sharing sector-wide
  • Role can be adapted to be fully remote / work from home if required

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • A genuine commitment to creating theatre for and with children who have less access to the arts
  • A proven commitment to and demonstrable skill in your specialist area of theatre practice: either directing, writing, composing or any kind of design for theatre
  • A passion for interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to creating new theatre
  • Creative problem-solving skills and an openness to working in a varied role with a range of collaborators
  • An awareness of the challenges and barriers faced by children growing up in a range of different systemically marginalised communities
  • General administrative skills and experience
  • Experience using Google Drive, Sheets, Calendar and other Google Suite apps would be helpful, as would any experience using software/apps designed for creative work

To Apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV, plus 2 links demonstrating examples of your creative theatre skill, and answers to the following questions (as ONE document):

     Tell us about a live performance that has inspired you - why did it inspire you?

     Why is it important that all young children have access to the arts?

  • Once submitted, applications are final
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • For candidates who attend interviews, interview questions will be provided in advance

 This internship is part-funded by the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund, set up by John Seaton in memory of his wife, Mo, the former Marketing & Communications Director at Neilsen Books.

This opportunity is only open to candidates who are Black, Asian and ethnically diverse