News, jobs, and opportunities

Lots of jobs in theatre and performance administration plus a ton of great opportunities in theatre and the creative industries with lots of bursaries and commissions for artists and creative ensembles.  We've sorted them for you by deadline date with the earliest first. 

Go to ... good luck for 2019!

  • Writers: Talawa's Script Reading Service is OPEN!

    Our script reading service is free to enter. You'll get feedback on your script from our panel of readers. If you are long listed you'll be invited to come and meet the team. Short listed scripts will be taken on to be showcased in a staged reading at Talawa Firsts in June 2019 with the possibility of further production. 

    Get all the details you need, here

  • Juicy Jobs ... 

    Our friends at The Almeida are looking for a Producer (DEADLINE 16th January 2019)

    The good people at the Young Vic have three amazing roles lined up and waiting: Corporate Development ManagerWelcome Team memberProduction Manager (DEADLINE 21st January 2019 for all roles)

    Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is seeking an artist with a strong literary and programming background to work closely with Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader, to generate and debate artistic ideas, and to bring alternative views to the table. Could this be you? (DEADLINE 25th January 2019)


    Our friends at Birmingham Repertory Theatre have three juicy roles up for grabs - Marketing Assistant (DEADLINE 11th January 2019); Executive Director (DEADLINE 3rd February) and Artistic Director (DEADLINE 3rd February) - get the lowdown here


    Our friends at Tara Arts are looking for an Executive Producer (DEADLINE 11th January 2019)

    Northern Broadsides are looking for an Artistic Director and Executive Director (DEADLINE 11th January 2019)

    POW Thanet Festival is looking for a new Director to take on its management and programming (DEADLINE 11th January 2019)

    Our friends at Bristol Old Vic seek a (Maternity Cover) Head of Marketing (DEADLINE 14th January 2019)

    Barbican and Guildhall are looking for an Assistant Producer – Creative Learning (DEADLINE 14th January 2019)

    Our friends at Theatre Royal Plymouth need a Freelance Assistant Director to join them for their 2019 People's Company show (DEADLINE 14th January 2019)

    Bristol Music Trust wants a Freelance Illustrator (DEADLINE 14th January 2019) - all details here

    Stoke Newington's Old Church community arts centre seek a Community Arts Programme Manager (DEADLINE 14th January 2019)

    The fine folks at Iniva have a great Deputy Director role available (DEADLINE 14th January 2019)

    Colchester's Mercury Theatre are looking for a new Artistic Director (DEADLINE 14th January 2019)

    Our friends at ArtsAdmin are looking an Artist's Advisor (DEADLINE 21st January 2019)

    The fine folks at Access All Areas need a General Manager (DEADLINE 21st January 2019)

    Walk the Plank are looking for two Production Managers (DEADLINE 28th January 2019)

    Southampton's Artswork are looking for a Head of Educations, Skills and Enterprise (DEADLINE 31st January 2019)

    Sunderland Culture has a Marketing and Communications Co-Ordinator role up for grabs (DEADLINE 3rd February 2019)

    Tramshed are looking for a Freelance Outreach Arts Practitioner (DEADLINE 25th February 2019)


    Manchester folk: Don't miss this!

    Our friends at Manchester International Festival have lots of roles up for grabs, from graphic design and artwork to Guest Relationships and Event and Staffing Co-Ordination. DEADLINES vary from 14th - 22nd January 2019. You're urged to apply early - get all the details, here.

  • Learning: How to be a Producer?

    • Have you ever wondered what a theatre producer does and how they do it? 
    • Do you love theatre and want to learn more about how to put on a production? 
    • Are you a creative thinker and do you like solving problems? 

    Then this producing course from the National Theatre in collaboration with Talawa is for you - there is support available for 16-21 year olds interested in taking part (instead of the usual cost of £40). 

    Get the lowdown and apply, here (DEADLINE 20th January 2019)

  • Open Call: CUNTemporary

    Arts Feminism Queer (CUNTemporary) is now accepting proposals for ‘Deep Trash: Eco Trash’ & ‘Queer-feminist Ecocriticism in Live Art & Visual Cultures’, which will be part of the larger programme ‘EcoFutures’, taking place in (London, UK) in April 2019.

    Get all the details and apply here(DEADLINE 20th January 2019)

  • Call for proposals for a new commissioned performance based work responding to The Library of Performing Rights

    The Live Art Development Agency (LADA), the artist Lois Weaver, the artist and researcher Elena Marchevska of South Bank University, and the Study Room In Exile in Liverpool are inviting proposals for a new performative or performance-based work that will respond to The Library of Performing Rights, and generate new resources for the benefit of artists, activists and academics working in the fields of human rights, social and environmental justice.

    The commission should be realised between April and October 2019.

    The commission award is £2,500 (inclusive of fees, taxes, travel/accommodation, and production expenses).

    More details and application, here

    Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Monday 21 January 2019

  • Grants: Festival of Creative Ageing

    Lewisham’s first Festival of Creative Ageing will take place across three weeks in September and October 2019 over at The Albany and partner venues in the borough. 

    The Festival is all about showcasing and supporting the talents of older people in Lewisham – and the life-enhancing benefits of creativity. Proposals are being invited and grants are available too.

    Two kinds of grant are on offer:

    • Seed grants, up to £500, for one-off events during the
    • Small grants, from £500 to £2,000 for longer projects which end with an event during the festival

    Projects can include any kind of creative activity – from sharing stories, making something together, bringing activity and colour to grey spaces, dance, song, writing, performance, comedy or just allowing people to express themselves in new ways.

    Find out more and get your proposal in (DEADLINE 24th January 2019)

  • Ever wanted to work at the intersection of creativity and tech?

    South West Creative Technology Network is recruiting for 24 Automation Fellows (applications from BAME and lower-income people are especially welcome). This is a flexible, part-time paid (£15k) opportunity for people from industry and academia, as well as those in the early stages of their careers who are interested in the future of Automation.

    Automation is changing the way we live. It is increasingly important within the creative industries as well as manufacturing, retail, financial services, and healthcare, to name just a few sectors. Automation could be seen as the ‘quiet’ revolution – working in the background to assist in creative processes, gradually transforming agriculture through robotics, or re-imagining how we search the internet. 

    South West Creative Technology Network are looking for people to explore the frontiers of automation technology and its applications, to ask: 

    • What already exists? 
    • What’s new and what’s good in automation? 
    • Where are the gaps in the market? 
    • What are the challenges? 
    • What opportunities are out there? 
    • What are the possibilities? 

    Find out more and apply(DEADLINE 31st January 2019)

  • Commissions: Get your show to Edinburgh

    Edinburgh Fringe can seem a hard place to get your show to. But it needn't be inaccessible. There are two companies inviting applications for you to get your work to Edinburgh, Eclipse and COMMON. Their offers have varying degrees of financial support and care as well as development time and resources.

    The time is now - don't delay.

    • COMMON (DEADLINE 28th January 2019) - details
    • Eclipse (DEADLINE 4th February 2019) - details
  • Award: JMK Young Director

    This prestigious annual award is presented to one young theatre director of outstanding potential enabling them to mount a professional production. In 2019 the winning production will be presented at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and form a core part of the theatre's annual programming. Winning the JMK Award has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of Britain's finest directors including Roy Alexander Weise, Thea Sharrock, Natalie Abrahami, Bijan Sheibani, Polly Findlay and Joe Hill-Gibbins.

    Applications open 10am 25th January and close 11.30pm 30th January 2019

  • More commissions, bursaries and chances to make or showcase work:

    • Dance Hub Birmingham has commissioning opportunities (up to £30,000) for regional artists and dance practitioners this Autumn 2018. (VARIOUS DEADLINES) - Everything you need is here
    • Applications for the Clore Fellowship 2019/2020 are open - here

    Forestry Commission England are inviting writers with a passion for nature to submit stories to mark their 100 year anniversary and receive a £2500 bursary and other support (DEADLINE 14th January 2019)

    D6 want to redress the sensationalism and bias around migration stories and invite artists from the North East to work with them (DEADLINE 18th January 2019)

    Derby Theatre have a call out for applications to perform at Departure Lounge 2019 (DEADLINE 18th January 2019)

    Meanwhile, our friends at Arcola are inviting you to register your interest in submitting for 'The Public Address', two evenings of performances in response to the cultural and judicial policing of our nation encapsulated in the play Stop and Search by Gabriel Gbadamosi. (DEADLINE 20th January 2019)

    Our associate artists S+K Project's Scratch That are looking for playwrights from under-represented backgrounds (DEADLINE 20th January 2019)

    Based in Hull or in the region close by and work in arts and theatre? Then submit an article to Critical Fish for publication in the May 2019 edition of their magazine of arts and cultural criticism. (DEADLINE 21st January 2019)

    The UK Government are making grants of between £2500 ad £25000 available to mark Windrush Day (22 June) and are looking for innovative approaches, founded on active inter-generational community engagement. (DEADLINE 21st January 2019)

    The IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship is accepting applications, you'll be based in Edinburgh, receive £10,000, dramaturgy support from Traverse, full fellowship of IASH as well as the chance to contribute to events. (DEADLINE 31st January 2019)

    Our chums at Derby Theatre again, this time offering a £5000 commission for mid-career artists (DEADLINE 31st January 2019)

    The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award (£30,000) is open now and accepting submissions (DEADLINE 15th February 2019)

    Wakefield's Art House is seeking proposals from artists who would like to develop their practice through one of three solo residencies at their purpose-built studios (DEADLINE 15th February 2019)


    The Papatango New Writing Prize is an annual playwriting award in the UK which guarantees an emerging playwright a full production on the professional stage. It provides a royalty of 10% of the gross box office and publication by Nick Hern Books, as well as a full commission to support a follow-up play. (DEADLINE 17th February 2019)

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