MOBO Fellowship 2020 – Application Call Out

LONDON THEATRE CONSORTIUM EXECUTIVE FELLOWSHIPS 

London Theatre Consortium (LTC) is a consortium of London’s major not-for-profit theatres: Almeida Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Gate Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Kiln Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Unicorn Theatre, the Yard and the Young Vic. The Executive Producers / Executive Directors of LTC meet quarterly to drive shared strategic projects and synchronise our practice. 

In 2015/16 LTC partnered with MOBO as part of the MOBO Rise with Us Movement to create a fellowship programme aimed to progress our collective commitment to develop a more diverse pool of Executive Producer / Executive Director leadership in UK theatre. The three fellows were Rachel Brogan, Raidene Carter and Nisha Modwadhia. In 2017 we repeated the Fellowships with a second cohort: Jessica Draper, Daniel Kok and Nicholai La Barrie.

We are delighted to be recruiting for a third cohort to be part of us throughout 2020

Nature of Fellowship 
Up to 4 fellowships will be offered for 6-12 months from January 2020. Identifying mid-career highly-skilled theatre producing, administration and management talent, the objective is to demystify the Executive leadership of major London theatres, to mentor and support mid-career thinking, and provide pathways for emerging producing and management talent towards leadership. 

The Fellowships will offer: 

  • Attendance at LTC meetings 
  • Bespoke access to and mentoring by the Executive Directors / Executive
    Producers across the 14 member theatres including shadowing opportunities 
  • A session with Kanya King, MOBO Awards founder 
  • Attendance at opening nights at member theatres 
  • Attendance and introductions at key sector events 
  • The fellows will form a cohort to support one another during and after the
    Fellowships are complete 
  • The Fellowships are significantly self-led. Fellows can create particular opportunities to suit their interests, ambitions and needs. 
  • We invite change and challenge. This is a reciprocal relationship.

NB There is no payment for these Fellowships. It is understood that Fellows will be in existing employment and will attend meetings, shadowing, and sessions around current work commitments and with the support of the existing Employer. Some expenses may be covered, with prior agreement.

Eligibility 
Aimed at mid-career professionals in existing arts roles who are primarily from diverse backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing an Executive leadership position. 

Applicants will have demonstrated potential and show a high level of knowledge, commitment and ambition in their chosen field.

Selection Process 
Potential Fellows will be encouraged to express their interest through these pathways: 

  • Members of LTC shall nominate candidates
  • The LTC Chair shall seek suggestions from colleagues in the sector
  • LTC members and LTC shall use its social media channels to call out for
    candidates.
  • The opportunity will be circulated through national arts networks such as
    UKTheatre, Arts Jobs and by MOBO

How to Apply
All candidates will be invited to express their interest with a letter and CV submitted to: organisationltc@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday November 1st 2019. Interviews shall take place in London on Friday November 8th 2019. The Fellowships will begin in January 2020 and run until December 2020. However, the timeframe is fairly open and it is our ambition that we continue a relationship with all Fellows going forwards. 


Artists Climate Lab 2019

On Monday 9th of September the Artists Climate Lab 2019 will start, a week-long creative residency laboratory rooted in climate art and sustainable practice. The project is supported by the Arts Council England and led by London Theatre Consortium’s Creative Climate Leaders.

Held at Hawkwood College, Stroud – an ethical centre housed in a historic building run on ecological principles – theatre makers selected by Artistic Directors of the 14 member theatres of London Theatre Consortium, will explore the issues around Climate change and how this influence arts practice.

As Lucy Davies explained in her 2017 article, Climate Lab is  not a conference:

The spirit of this gathering — which we hope is a pilot and will be repeated in 2019 — is to feed the brains of artists with other artists’ practice. Not a conference. Not a scientific training session. A way of engaging and connecting artists across disciplines to be tooled up, fired and inspired in their climate art, activism and production processes. We want to empower independent artists to have confidence in their values when engaging with institutions, and to have an impact on those institutions and audiences. We also wanted to pay them, get them into the woods, feed them and listen.

The September 2019 cohort consists of:

Chinonyerem Odimba – Donmar Warehouse

Dawn King – Donmar Warehouse

April de Angelis – Theatre Royal Stratford East

Skot Wilson – Bush Theatre

Taio Lawson – Kiln Theatre

Diane Page – Lyric Hammersmith

Milli Bhatia – the Royal Court Theatre

Ella Road – Hampstead Theatre

Rachel Bagshaw – Unicorn Theatre

Jasmine Lee Jones – Gate Theatre

Megan Cronin – Young Vic Theatre

Jaz Woodcock-Stewart –Yard Theatre

The week will be facilitated by Jo Tyabji  and Dan de la Motte. Guest speakers include: Lucy Latham (Julie’s Bicycle), Dan Glass, Selina Nwulu, Zoe Svendsen, David Drew MP, Paul Mason, Jojo Mehta, Zena Edwards and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE.

We are also delighted to welcome back two alumni from the ACL 1: Tassos Steves and Ellie Sikorski.

With thanks to the organisation and planning team : Lucy Davies and Anthony Simpson-Pike

A Future Curriculum for Drama Education

“The next step would be taking this conversation to the Department of Education…” Cherrelle Skeete, actress and co-founder of BlacktressUK.

In February 2018, the London Theatre Consortium held its first symposium on creative learning: A Future Curriculum for Drama Education. The event brought together teachers, theatres, creatives, young people and exam board representatives to examine the ways in which all could work together to make drama education in the UK the best it can be.

The opening panel featured Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director, Young Vic), playwright James Graham (Ink, Labour of Love), actress Cherrelle Skeete (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Seagull), Paul Webster (Edexcel Subject Adviser for Drama), Katy Brown (Head of Performing Arts, Hampstead School), Titilayo Bamgbose (current A-Level student, Young Court member) and Michael Adewale (current A-Level student, Lyric Ensemble member). Each shared their own first encounters with drama education, and how these had influenced (and in some cases, totally changed) their lives to come. They shared creative visions for what drama education could look like, and practical steps that might be taken to keep creativity at the top of the educational agenda.

The break-out sessions and workshops which followed led to many rich conversations and newly forged connections. What is the place of drama education in today’s world? How do we best serve young drama students’ interests? How do we build a strong, imaginative, next generation workforce for the theatre industries? What should theatres be offering to schools? What would a future curriculum for drama education look like?

All these questions and more were posed, and at the end of the event it felt like a vital conversation had begun. More to follow!

Read a report of the symposium here: LTC Creative Learning Symposium report FINAL pdf

LTC announce creative learning symposium

London Theatre Consortium (LTC) have organised a symposium to address the challenge of the current national curriculum syllabi focusing on representation and diversity in the classroom and improving career pathways into the performing arts. The LTC Creative Learning Symposium; A Future Curriculum for Drama Education will be held on Monday 5th February, 5.30pm – 8.30pm at the Lyric Hammersmith.

The aim of the LTC Creative Learning Symposium,which involves a panel discussion, breakout groups and open space sessions, is to bring theatres, writers, artists and teachers together in the hope of making an impact on set text choices and forming stronger relationships across education sectors.

Invited participants are made up of creatives on the syllabus – writers, directors, companies – teachers, young people, and exam board and theatre representatives.

For more information, including the schedule, see the full press release.

The Gate Theatre is looking for a Level 2 Apprentice in Community Arts Administration!

Are you 16 – 24 yrs. and living in one the following London Boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster?

Are you thinking about a career in theatre but don’t know where to start? Then an apprenticeship could be for you! Come along to an Open day and find out more about the Level 2 apprenticeship at the Gate Theatre!

Open days will take place on:

* Thursday 31st August 2-6pm
* Wednesday 6 September 2-6pm
* Thursday 14 September 2-6pm
* Friday 22 September 2-6pm

All sessions will be held at the Gate Theatre, Above the Prince Albert Pub, 11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ.

It is strongly recommended that you attend an Open Day before submitting an application.

What does the Gate’s Community Arts Apprentice do?

The Community Arts Apprentice is an invaluable part in the Gate’s bold and exciting work. Working in a small venue means that the Gate’s Apprentice observes all of the activities behind running a theatre.  The Gate’s Apprentice assists in all aspects of the Gate Theatre’s operations, including – but not limited to – key office administration, box office and front of house administration, production administration, marketing support and providing general office support for this busy producing venue.

This role is an apprenticeship position, enabling the post holder to gain a Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration, in association with a partner College, the National Apprentice College.

Who can apply?

If you are 16 – 24yrs old and living in London you are eligible to apply. You do not have to have any GCSE or A levels or you may have several, as long as you are not a graduate, you can apply.

Due to a condition of the funding you need to have lived in the following London boroughs for at least 2 years: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.

You do not need to have lots of experience but you need to have an organised and systematic approach to work. You will need to pay attention to detail and to be good at completing tasks.

More information:
More information can also be found by reading the Gate Apprentice Job Description

To Apply
All applications must be submitted via this link: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-175687

If you’d like to talk about the apprenticeship that the Gate is offering, you can email the Gate’s General Manager, Chrissy Angus on chrissy@gatetheatre.co.uk or call on 0207 229 5387.