Creative Development
Closing date: 01.12.2020
Associate Director (Common Wealth and National Theatre Wales)

Are you an aspiring theatre director from a working-class background?

Do you have an interest in how theatre is made? By who? And who for?

Are you making change happen around you? Do you want to make change happen?

Common Wealth and National Theatre Wales are looking for a theatre director / theatre maker at an early stage of their career, of any age, to work in our organisations.

This new, one year post is part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme which is on a mission to make the arts more representative of the UK. Common Wealth, National Theatre Wales and Jerwood Arts are passionate about making the sector a more inclusive place to work. For this reason, this post is targeted at someone from a lower-socioeconomic background – someone who might call themselves working-class.

About the Role

Salary: £19,500

Contract Type : 1 year, fixed term

In this role, you will work across Common Wealth and National Theatre Wales to:

  • Support the creation, development and delivery of theatre productions staged in non-theatre buildings
  • Initiate and develop your own creative project with support
  • Work as part of Common Wealth & National Theatre Wales to develop your experience and skills in directing, producing and artistic leadership

The Associate Director will work closely with the Director(s) and Lead Artists of our productions. They will support them to realise their vision for the work whilst gaining crucial insights into the process of creating large scale productions in site-located contexts (including the digital space), with authentic links to local communities.

Additionally, through Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, you will participate in a professional development programme and be part of a UK wide network of similar posts. 

This job will offer you new skills, techniques and tools, a range of new contacts within the industry, and a unique insight into the making processes of Common Wealth and National Theatre Wales.  Skills gained may include making site specific performance, devising, co-creation and collaborating with artists and communities, artistic leadership, workshop facilitation and working in large and small scale organisations. 

Full details and the application pack, including further information on what is meant by ‘lower socio-economic background’ and details of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary programme, are on the Common Wealth website here.

Deadline: Tuesday 1 December, 12pm 

Interviews: w/c 14 December

This role is designed for someone at the beginning of their career, with between two and five years of experience since leaving school. It’s been created with an awareness that you may have faced barriers to work previously so we welcome applications from anyone who may not have taken a traditional route. 

Common Wealth and National Theatre Wales are equal opportunities employers and together, we encourage applications from all parts of the community, faiths and backgrounds. In particular we want to appeal to those which are currently under-represented in arts and theatre – including people who experience racism and disabled people. Basically, whoever you are, we want to hear from you. 

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme is designed and produced by Jerwood Arts. It is funded and supported by Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Art Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, British Council, Jerwood Arts and PRS Foundation.

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