Freelance Workshop Leader / Director

JOB DESCRIPTION

ROLE: Freelance Workshop Leader / Director (Theatre)

Drunken Chorus is a registered charity and theatre company, established in 2007. We run creative programmes for learning disabled and autistic adults and young people (DISCO DISCO); produce inclusive and accessible public events, including our flagship festival A Bit Of A Do; support artists and companies who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, visually impaired and/or disabled; create and tour accessible performances to local audiences; and support emerging artists to create new work.

We currently run a project called DISCO DISCO – a company of 10 learning disabled and autistic adults, who create contemporary performances for public audiences at events and festivals in Croydon and across London.

We are now seeking an experienced Workshop Leader / Director to take on the role of lead tutor for this series of weekly workshops in Croydon on Monday evenings (5-7pm), alongside an assistant tutor and a volunteer peer support tutor.

This is a fixed term role of 30 sessions between September 2021 and July 2022, with the potential for this to be extended. There is potential for this role to expand after the first term, and for the freelancer to become a more integral member of the Drunken Chorus team as a Participation Manager, as we introduce additional workshop groups in 2022. As such, we are looking for a candidate who is excited to work with us and for their role to grow with the organization.

We are looking for an experienced Workshop Leader and Tutor, who also has experience as a theatre maker / director. Applicants must have a minimum of one year’s experience working with vulnerable adults, people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and/or those who are at risk from exclusion in society and / or from developing mental health problems. Applicants should also have a proven track record of making theatre or dance for public audiences.

SESSION TIMES:

Mondays: 5-7pm (NOTE: Day and time TBC)

TERMS:

Autumn: 20 September – 29 November 2021 (No session 25 Otober)

Spring: January – March 2022

Summer: April – July 2022

LOCATION:

TBC, Croydon, CR0 1RG

Main duties:

  • To plan and deliver weekly drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities, supporting participants in developing confidence, resilience, communication and social skills.
  • To work with the group to create public performances, and/or work sharings, each term
  • To liaise with the Artistic Directors of Drunken Chorus on workshop content, term plans, and plans for performances, events and work sharings
  • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants and provide additional support to individuals if required
  • To establish a supportive and creative environment for participants and staff
  • Liaise with Drunken Chorus Artistic Directors to ensure that all sessions are fully accessible, and cater to all additional needs
  • To support with evaluation and tracking of partcipants’ progress
  • To attend external performance events to support the group, as arranged and agreed with Drunken Chorus Artistic Directors.

Person Specification:

Essential:

  • At least one years’ experience as a workshop leader / tutor working with learning disabled and/or autistic adults
  • At lease one years’ experience making contemporary or experimental theatre or dance for a professional audience
  • The ability to create an inclusive and supportive environment
  • Warm and friendly approach to a wide range of people
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of mental health and arts as therapy
  • Experience of working with young people from vulnerable groups
  • A recent DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate
  • A strong network of contacts within the arts sector
  • Experience managing others

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Fee: £90 per session with 10 sessions per term (£900 per term)

Contract: Freelance. The candidate must be registered as self-employed and will be responsible for their own tax. The fee must cover preparation time and travel etc. Fees and expenses for any additional meetings and events will be paid in addition.

Payment: Fees will be paid by cheque, on receipt of invoices (two payments of £450 per term, at the mid-way point and end of each term).

Start Date: Candidates must be available to start on Monday 20 September 2021

TO APPLY

If you would like to apply for the post, send a CV and cover letter or no more than 2 pages outlining your relevant experience as both a workhop leader and a performance maker, why you are interested in the role, and what skills and attributes you would bring to the organization. Please send your application by email to: chris@drunkenchorus.co.uk


Closing date: Midday on 20 August 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

Drunken Chorus and DISCO DISCO are currently supported by Didymus, City Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, David Solomon Charitable Trust, The Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation, The Ironmongers’ Charity, Chapman Charitable Trust and The Schroder Charity Trust.