Do you want to be in our next Young Company? Applications are now open!

Young Company is for young people who are looking for a welcoming space to be creative and connect with others, as well as those with a curiosity about theatre who want to develop skills within the North West’s largest and only full-time text based producing theatre.

We’re looking for Makers, Writers and Performers to work with us weekly September 2024 – July 2025. As a Young Company member you will have access to Royal Exchange Theatre’s sector-leading creatives and learn the fundamentals of theatre-making. Performers will have performance opportunities and Writers & Makers will have the opportunity to have their work platformed and performed, and receive feedback.

Performers 1 (ages 14-17) & Performers 2 (ages 18-25*) – for people who like performing, acting, working in groups and trying out new styles of theatre.

Makers (ages 16-25*) – for those interested in the behind-the-scenes areas of making theatre – directing, lighting & sound, design, stage management & producing.

Writers (ages 16-25*) – for anyone who likes storytelling and is interested in writing for stage. You might be a poet or a songwriter but want to learn more about playwriting.

*For those over 21 will prioritise applications from people who are underrepresented in theatre including but not limited to disabled young people, D/deaf young people, neurodivergent young people, Global Majority young people, working class young people.

Make writing exciting! Join our expert team and learn how to deliver inspirational creative writing projects that help young people discover the magic of writing.

Ministry of Stories are on the hunt for four early career Writing Facilitators to join a 12-month paid trainee programme, offering a structured year of training and mentoring to help you inspire the next generation of young writers.

Taking place over three school terms you will have the opportunity to support lead Writing Facilitators in a range of school and community lab settings, lead an activity or session with support, and gain practical skills in planning and evaluating learning projects. There is also the potential to lead a project independently in the third term, with guidance from a lead Writing Facilitator.

This programme is designed to support early career professionals working in any writing form (poetry, prose, comedy writing, playwriting et). We particularly welcome applications from:

The Trainee Production Assistant position is a great opportunity for an aspiring theatre professional to work at an independent producing theatre, developing a broad range of skills that will support a career as an arts producer or manager.

In a small and highly achieving producing office, the Trainee Production Assistant will gain hands-on experience in theatre administration across a diverse programme of work. The Trainee Production Assistant will support the General Manager & Producer across day-to-day office administration, scheduling and coordination, financial reconciliation, recruitment of staff and artists, and producing support.

Your archives and heritage sector needs you!


Are you aged 18-30 and have an interest in archives and heritage?

Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage is delivering a course over five days that provides an opportunity to learn from archives and heritage industry specialists, as a part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Unearthed: Forgotten Histories. The course is aimed at young people with African and African Caribbean, Asian and Latinx heritage based in the UK, who are currently under-represented in the heritage sector.

The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of working with archives, which enhances opportunities for future careers and qualifications. focuses on the development of key skills associated with archives and the future of the sector. After the success of the Young Archivists programme in 2022 and 2023, participants pursued careers in libraries, began further education qualifications and obtained employment as a result of the course.

What the course includes:

Beyond Face Youth Company is a fantastic opportunity for young people of the Global Majority aged 12-16 to work with professional theatre makers in a professional studio space to learn theatre and performance skills, perform, create their own theatre, writing and movement. 

Over the years the youth company has performed their own productions such as Where’s Abi? By Titilola Dawudu and most recently their production Grow Up. We work closely with other youth theatre companies such as Doorstep Arts and Company Three on a variety of exchange projects.

Funded by the Spotify Creator Equity Fund which was set up to promote diversity and inclusivity for artists and creators.

A package of financial and industry support to welcome talented UK undergraduates from Black, Asian, Gypsy, Traveller and ethnically diverse backgrounds to our creative community. This support comprises a bursary of £1,200 per year for three years of the programme, plus targeted mentoring.

The creative industries have stories at their core. We're passionate about supporting ethnically diverse stories to be given a chance to thrive at York. This scholarship was set up to encourage people from a range of cultural backgrounds who wouldn't normally think of York as a place for them.

The awards are designed to ease the financial burden of study. The funds can be used in any way that will assist you practically on the course – including travel, accommodation and living expenses.

The awards also provide mentoring support to help increase opportunities, preparing you for a successful career in the creative industries. Your mentor will meet you regularly, help shape your development and offer advice throughout your degree. We'll also have ‘Future Voices Scholarship’ events where recipients can meet and network with each other.

The award has been named after the great Victorian Philanthropist, George Peabody. LSMT has established this Grant for those who are unable to afford to attend our training and who are currently underrepresented in the Industry.

The funding is designated for those of African or Caribbean heritage, South, East and South East Asian heritage, Middle-Eastern heritage or those who identify as bi-racial or multi-racial. There are several Grants of up to £5000 available.

Artistic Directors of the Future is the first membership organisation dedicated to increasing the number of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders in the arts.

Membership is open to theatre & live performance professionals (emerging, mid-career, established and career changers) and organisations worldwide.

What we do:
- Provide leadership training, events, and programmes for Black, Asian or ethnically diverse (Global majority) theatre/live performance creatives and professional at any stage of their leadership career. To check if you are eligible click here
- We partner with leading theatre and live performance organisations to diversify their networks and diversify their senior staff and trustees.

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