Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.

Home >> Community >> Fancy a role in the theatre? Mentors needed with management, marketing, media and more

Search Subscribe to our newsletters

Fancy a role in the theatre? Mentors needed with management, marketing, media and more

Bankside and You Opportunity
Your professional skills will help Southwark Playhouse Young Company build careers in the arts
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Southwark Playhouse’s Young Company is a group of young adults aspiring to make their career in the arts. The group is trying to pick up the employability skills they need to turn their craft into a career.

They are looking for volunteers who work locally to mentor selected members of the company who have shown an interest in an area outside of acting, helping them develop a professional toolkit of skills and knowledge to employ within the theatre industry and more widely.

Working over a 10-week project cycle, mentors with skills or experience in fundraising, marketing, project management or branding – from any sector or industry – will help the young people prepare for a life working in the arts and cultural organisations. You will need to be able to commit to being a mentor for one young adult over the full 10-week project cycle. Southwark Playhouse will be the base for the majority of the time, but ideally mentors would also be able to provide a short work placement or insight opportunity with their employer for the Young Company member.

A mentor’s responsibilities to a Young Company member will include:

  • Regular (fortnightly) meetings with the Young Company member at the Playhouse
  • Supporting Young Company member to identify career pathways outside of theatre connected both to the mentor’s expertise and the member’s area of interest
  • Support the Young Company member in preparing a professional CV
  • Identify opportunities for the Young Company member to apply the skills learnt in a Young Company project or production

Mentors’ skills could include (but are not limited to) –

  • Finance – Account management, budgeting and associated ICT skills
  • Project/event Management – Scheduling, teamwork and communications, and ICT skills
  • Fundraising – Letter/bid writing, building effective relationships, networking
  • Publicity and Marketing – creating an effective marketing strategy, engaging new audiences, advertising and print design
  • Social media and new technologies – maximizing reach on social networks, innovative thinking and strategy, ICT

Mentors will gain the opportunity to apply their expertise in a theatre industry context, as well as receiving tickets to see Young Company performance and a credit in programmes.

More about Southwark Playhouse Young Company

Southwark Playhouse is a vibrant theatre in the heart of Southwark, serving the widest possible constituency in the borough and beyond, providing a platform for emerging theatre practitioners and a programme of performance, education work and community drama. The Young Company furthers that vision through the provision of high quality performance opportunities and free workshops for Young People aged 11-25 with little or no formal experience or training, all at no cost to the participants.

To find out more about what’s involved, or learn about similar opportunities, contact: Paul Edwards, Young Company Co-ordinator paul.edwards [at] 0207 407 0234


Jul 29 2013