Technical Designer

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Person Specification: Technical Design professional with experience of working with young people aged 13-25 years.

Contract: To technically design, set up and operate the event and mentor 1 or 2 young people through your process.

Commitment: 

  • 10 – 6pm on Fridays and 11 – 3pm on Saturdays between 22nd January – 26th March 2016.
  • Project debrief meeting: Friday 1st April 2016.
  • Mentoring dates: 11 – 6pm on 30th January, 20th and 27th February.
  • Show day: 26th March 10am – 6pm

Must be available for all project dates. 

Fee: £750 technical fee plus £450 mentor fee.

Applications: Please send CV and covering letter F.A.O. Nnenna Samson jobs@spidtheatre.com.

Closing date: Tuesday 15th December 6pm. Interviews 7th and 8th January 2016.

Role: 

SPID has been awarded funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation to deliver Trellick Tales; a year-long project including site-specific performances and a radio play from the community and residents of the North West London council estate Trellick Tower.

In this final block of the project the young people will form their own theatre company. They will develop an exhibition on the estate of the materials collected and created in the project, which will feature immersive performance. They will have the opportunity to create a multi-media exhibition using project materials guided by the V& A.

The key responsibilities of this role will be mentoring young people alongside technically designing  the event to a professional standard. You will work with young people as they assist you in this. This project provides an opportunity for young people to work with skilled and experienced industry professionals. You will use your expertise to technically design our event whilst inspiring, encouraging and managing the work of participants. You will contribute your own creative work and act as a positive and professional role model.

Essential Skills:

  • Professional industry experience of technically designing a performance or exhibition.
  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Ability to prioritise a demanding workload and meet deadlines.
  • Managing existing and developing new relationships.
  • Ability to work independently balanced with good communication skills.
  • Flexibility in working hours.
  • Be computer literate.
  • Have a commitment to the aims of SPID Theatre and the specific project mentioned above.
  • A passion for youth theatre and performance.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working on both performance and exhibition
  • Experience of managing budgets and cashflows.
  • Networking skills.
  • Experience of updating websites and social media.
  • Experience of managing others.
  • Sales and marketing experience.

Company:

S.P.I.D. (Specially Produced Innovatively Directed) Theatre Company creates adventurous and immersive theatrical work in non-traditional spaces. Our performances do not take place on stage, instead the space which cast and audience share is our stage. There are no rules for where or how our stories unfold, and our aim is to collapse the distance between the actor and the audience. This style has been called ‘wraparound theatre’ or ‘living film’, and appeals especially to young audiences and to those who would not otherwise go to the theatre. We are a registered charity, based in the community rooms of the historic modernist council estate of Kensal House. We also work in other local estates, and our promenade performances in neglected community spaces have won prizes nationally. We champion this popular and accessible form of theatre as a means to strengthen local communities, and we try to involve local residents in the research, creation and performance of our shows, and to encourage typically hard-to-reach participants to get involved.

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