Get hands-on training in puppet construction, set design, and more with this 12-month traineeship!

Closing date: 26th May 2024 at 11.59pm

Little Angel Theatre is excited to offer a 12-month traineeship opportunity for an individual to join their team as a Design Trainee. Throughout the traineeship, the trainee will undergo a comprehensive training programme covering fundamental puppet construction techniques and set design. They will gain essential skills for further training in drama school or higher education, as well as for pursuing a career in puppetry. The traineeship will culminate with the trainee's professional debut as part of the Children's Puppetry Festival where you'll be able to gain industry insights, and network with visiting companies.

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.

The winning writer will receive £3,000 and a 9-month mentoring programme with a leading Black British playwright.

The competition is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best original, new stage play in English. Entrants must confirm on their CV that that they are of African or Caribbean descent.

Entries are online only and must be received not later than 5pm, Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

Introducing the Jamie Lloyd Company: Academy

In partnership with ATG Creative Learning, the Academy will work with lead facilitator Mika Onyx Johnson over 10 sessions to explore, create and develop as artists.

The group will work with Mika as well as other guest facilitators within the JLC style; using cinematography and explosive minimalism to explore reimagined classic texts.

Sessions will take place at 6 pm-8 pm on Mondays, beginning w/c 27th May in London and will culminate with a showcase to industry professionals and JLC friends and family w/c 22nd July.

The Optimists offers an introduction to the craft of producing in a professional context and building professional networks by de-mystifying the financial, administrative, and organisational aspects of producing.

This year's Optimist Summer 2024 course is suitable for emerging producers, artists, and creative practitioners, based in the West Midlands, who are hoping to develop their skills as professional producers, or as a producer of their own work, in the subsidised arts sector.

Drawing on China Plate’s extensive experience and real examples in theatre producing, the Optimists provides knowledge and insight on the practicalities of making, funding, touring, and promoting your work. The Optimists course is led by China Plate, with the support of guest industry experts and speakers.

The course is open to those working across different art forms (e.g., dance, live art, spoken word, etc) but has a particular focus on producing and touring live work in the theatre industry.

Participants should have at least 12 months of professional/industry experience in the arts sector – it is not aimed at those who have recently graduated or who are completely new to working in the arts sector. This course is not appropriate for those with more than 3 years of professional experience working as a producer.

Sessions: 10 in-person sessions taking place over 7 weeks
Dates: Between Saturday 15th June and Saturday 3rd August 2024
Location: Venues across the West Midlands
Spaces: For up to 20 participants

Costs:
For freelancers/individuals: £480 per person (inclusive of VAT)
For organisations:  £660 per person (inclusive of VAT)

Bursaries covering the full cost of the course will be available to those who have faced racism, discrimination and/or cultural barriers due to their ethnicity, disability, D/deafness, gender identity or socio-economic background – please refer to the application guidelines for more information.

We are hosting two online information sessions on Wednesday 8th May and Wednesday 15th May - these will provide an opportunity to find out more about the course and ask any additional questions that you may have. If this is something you feel you would find useful, please sign up to attend: https://bit.ly/OP24Info

Deadline for applications will be 12pm (midday) on Friday 24th May

Please visit our website for more information about the course, including application guidelines and details on how to apply: https://chinaplatetheatre.com/opportunities Accessible formats are available, including BSL & captioned and audio introductions about the course, alongside large print formats.

If you have any questions, please contact our Training & Development Producer Kristina through the email address below.

Creators’ Fund+ is a new 1-year pilot programme, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, will provide 8 Black People and People of Colour (BPoC) creative and cultural professionals living in Scotland with £2000 grants and 20 hours of mentorship from industry professionals to elevate their careers.

Building on the success of the original Creators' Fund which offered £500 microgrants and 5.5 hour mentorships, Creators' Fund+ seeks to inspire a future generation of BPoC creatives in Scotland while starting an important discussion about representation in the country’s creative industries.

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

The first UK Project to promote equity for Black Dancers in Ballroom and Latin American Dance.

Black in the Ballroom aims to inspire young people of Black origin to take up Ballroom dancing as a hobby, as a competitive activity and/or as a career, by providing them an entry into the scene, an understanding of the basic and technical fundamentals of each dance style and an opportunity to perform and compete.

Please DM on Instagram @blackintheballroom to join their free dance classes in South East London.

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 Black Artists Grant (BAG) offered by Creative Debuts as a no-strings attached financial support to help black artists. They can spend the grant on whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses.

This grant has been set up because black artists are systematically under-supported by the art world; by institutions, curators, the artist-led scene, major and minor funding bodies, the market, art schools, and by audiences too.

Creative Debuts recognises that a full institutional overhaul and dismantling of racist structures is required to transform the industry permanently, but they hope in a small way that this grant will help enable recipients to continue their artistic practice when the odds are so stacked against them.

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