Applications open for Step Change 2014-15

stepchangeIn 2014-15, for the first time, The Lowry will be working with the National Theatre on its Step Change programme for professionals seeking to progress / develop their careers in the management of the performing arts.

Providing coaching, mentoring, masterclasses and experience-based learning, Step Change is intended to support those wishing to change direction. Focusing predominantly on producing and management roles, Step Change expands the range of opportunities for those hoping to make a transition within or into the arts, especially those who are overlooked and underrepresented.

The programme is delivered by the National Theatre in partnership with Bristol Old Vic and Live Theatre, Newcastle. The Ambassador Theatre Group, Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Stratford East are also supporting the project.

Those taking part in the scheme which runs from August 2014 to July 2015, can expect to benefit from residential masterclasses, one-to-one mentoring sessions with an industry professional, bespoke personal development work and a 40-day tailored, project-focussed secondment with an arts organisation. Recent secondment roles include: Assistant Producer (The Bush), Production Assistant (Headlong), Scratch Producer (Tamasha), Taking Part Project Associate (Young Vic), Assistant Production Manager (RSC), Education Trainee (ROH Thurrock).

Step Change is open to applications from professionals who:

  • Have a strong desire to further develop a career in the performing arts and have already tried various options to broaden their experience
  • Are at early/mid career level with a relevant transferable skillset
  • Are mature and self-aware with the ability to evaluate and take ownership of their own professional development
  • Have experience of working – preferably within the arts – for either a large organisation, a small one, independently, or all three (minimum three years, no maximum)
  • Are a performer or director looking to gain a wider understanding of how the performing arts are produced and can demonstrate why this opportunity is necessary to help progress their career

Step Change covers appropriate travel or accommodation costs incurred by the individual. Freelancers will be able to claim bursary support to cover the time in which they are unable to undertake other paid work. If you are interested in applying to Step Change and work within an organisation you will need your line manager to endorse your application. Your home organisation will continue to pay you but would receive a contribution from Step Change towards the costs of covering your post while you are taking part in the programme.

The Lowry is hosting a drop-in session on Tuesday 10 June (12 noon – 4pm) for anyone interested in applying to join the scheme. The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday, 23 June. Interviews will be held between Monday, 21 and Friday, 25 July 2014.

For full details and to apply please see attached and visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/stepchange

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