Theatre artistic director flux, arts jobs and projects

London (and beyond) Theatre world is in a (potentially) exciting flux, with a few new Artistic Directors starting,  a few major roles open and a theatre re-opening.

New Starts:  Young Vic, Kwei-Armah is a few months into the job.  The Bush AD, Madani Younis, is moving to SouthBank. Hammersmith Lyric has a new AD, Rachel O’Riordan (from Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre, who will be looking). Michael Longhurst to start at Donmar.  Nadia Fall is into her first season at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Orla is stepping down from Scotlan’s Traverse.

The Tricyle Theatre is re-born as the Kiln Theatre and re-opens with a new season.

The BAC is risen from the ashes and starts again.


Here are two roles opened up in that flux:

Bush Theatre are looking for an Artistic Director -  apply (30 Sep)

Young Vic seek a Creative Associate to, as Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah described, be a "... a conversation starter. Someone who believes in their soul that art and discourse has the power to change the status quo.” (1 Oct)


And below some other grants and projects I’ve come across H/T Talawa, Guardian, Twitter, ArtsJobs:

Basingstoke's Fluid Motion Theatre Company is offering a commission of £1,000 for an early-to mid-career UK-based artist or company to develop a new piece of contemporary theatre with Fluid Motion around mental health themes (21 Sep)

The 2019 Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary is accepting applications from mid-career disabled artists (1 Oct)

Gasworks is seeking to appoint an artist for a 6 month residency whose practice is concerned with the advancement of participation by migrant communities in Lambeth and Southwark. details here (8 Oct)

Farnham Maltings’ no strings attached is a grant scheme (£500 and £1000) to help young people (18-25) make their first piece of theatre - apply here (18 Oct)

Submissions for the inaugural Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award (£9500) are now open, apply here (1 Nov)


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