Lowry Recruitment Day

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On Thursday 26 May from 10am-4.30pm The Lowry will be hosting a recruitment day, alongside 8 other Greater Manchester theatres and arts organisations, to meet new freelance theatre practitioners who have experience and training in the field of Applied Theatre/Participatory Theatre.

This is a brilliant opportunity for emerging participatory theatre practitioners with an interest in, and experience of working with children and young people in participatory settings to meet with 8 theatre/arts organisations from the area in one day; with a view to receiving further training, support and/or employment opportunities.

This opportunity is limited to 20 emerging practitioners who will come together with representatives from 8 cultural organisations (who have a focus on working with children and young people in Greater Manchester) for a full day of workshops and speed-dating-interviews. Hopefully this will be mutually beneficial in that it allows cultural organisations to meet a group of 20 high quality emerging practitioners in one day whilst also allowing these emerging practitioners to meet 8 of Greater Manchester’s cultural organisations in one go.

Aims of the day

– To support new and emerging practitioners to ‘get a foot in the door’ with 8 Greater Manchester theatres/arts organisations
– To facilitate a joined up approach to succession planning and investment in participatory theatre practice for Greater Manchester
– To allow cultural organisations to meet 20 new practitioners in one day as a more efficient use of time and resource
– To ensure that emerging theatre practitioners with an interest in participatory practice are nurtured, invested in and supported to ensure we retain and develop quality practice in the region

Which arts organisations will be represented?

– The Lowry
– The Bolton Octagon
– Z Arts
– The Royal Exchange
– Oldham Coliseum
– Burnley Youth Theatre
– Stone Soup
– Additional organisations TBC

Desirable criteria for emerging participatory theatre practitioners

– Training and/or experience of working in a participatory setting using theatre as a tool for social change/personal impact (e.g. a degree, informal volunteer experience, workshop leading etc.)
– A passion and interest in using theatre with children and young people
– A good understanding and knowledge of safeguarding and good practice in arts participation with children and young people
– Motivated and driven individuals with long-term aspirations to work in participatory arts in the North West

Schedule for the day

Arrival – 10am in The Studio area of The Lowry

Morning session – Group workshop where each emerging practitioner will demonstrate
their facilitation skills to the rest of the participating group (practitioners will be given
brief if selected to attend)

Lunch – Light refreshments provided by The Lowry & networking

Afternoon session – Speed-dating-interviews; each cultural organisation will host a
Table on rotation for emerging practitioners to have a ‘speed interview’, leaving their
contact details and CV.

Close – 4.30pm

Legacy and on-going support:

– All cultural organisations can then follow up conversations with emerging practitioners independently as appropriate

– All cultural organisations can, if they choose to, work with emerging practitioners to cultivate, train and develop their skills to meet the needs of the sector

How to apply to take part

Please send an up-to-date CV and an expression of interest which outlines your experience, training and aspirations in an email to lynsey.osullivan@thelowry.com by
Monday 28 March at 4pm.

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