Volunteering opportunities at Iris Theatre

Ideal for recent design graduates, we strive to match the next generation of theatre markers with our team of emerging designers through these volunteer opportunities:

Costume Placement

A skill-based placement for emerging and aspiring set designers, our construction placement programme is a four week placement. Taking place in May, June and July this placement enables you with the practical skills involved in building mid-scale sets suitable for outdoor, promenade productions.

Scenic Artist Placements

THE PLACEMENTS

We are looking for two design or art students who are keen to gain more practical experience in set painting and dressing to join the Set Design and Set Construction team for our Summer Repertory Season 2018 as they create and deliver the scenic designs for our two new productions: The Tempest​, directed by Daniel Winder and The Three Musketeers​, directed by Paul-Ryan Carberry. The team consists of makers and designers who work collaboratively with the Director and Heads of Departments (Producer, Lighting, Sound, Costume and Stage Management) in realising, painting and finalising the set. Planning for the Summer Season is now in full swing and the Director is already in the process of developing visual concepts for each production. These will be transformed initially into broad set designs and then specific ideas ready for construction which will commence in May 2018.

Learning outcomes:

✓ Painting and artistry skills

✓ Translating a design into large-scale formats

✓ Leading on individual or team projects

✓ Collaborating with a team

✓ Supervising the work of others who may be volunteers

Desirable skills:

This is a challenging assignment and is best suited for determined individuals who enjoy creating imaginative, larger than life artwork. It is a wonderful opportunity for two talented individuals to get immersed into an ambitious professional production within a supportive environment. You will be using your creativity and practical skills to support the realisation of the designs, specifically focusing on scenic artistry.

✓ Resourceful and imaginative with a can-do attitude

✓ Some experience of scenic art and stage design (this can be on university projects)

✓ A good design flair

THE DATES:

Placement Dates

There are two sets of dates available. Chosen candidates need to be available for the following periods (for a minimum of 3 or 4 days per week):

For THE TEMPEST ​availability should be ​from 21st May to 26th June 2018​.

For THE THREE MUSKETEERS ​availability should be ​from 2nd July to 8th August 2018​.

Set Design and Construction meetings may take place prior to these dates, to which you will be invited to attend.

Production Dates

THE TEMPEST will run from 20th June to the 28th July 2018.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS will run from 2nd August to the 2nd September 2018.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send the following documents and information:

✓ A CV

✓ A short covering letter of no more than a single side of A4

✓ A completed equal opportunities form The CV and covering letter can be emailed to Debbie Hicks, Summer Producer, at summer@iristheatre.com.

The equal opportunities form can be completed online here. Please insert SCENIC ARTIST PLACEMENT ​as the subject and please indicate which production you are available for.

Deadline for applications: Friday 6th April 2018, 12pm. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 9th April 2018.

Costume Assistant Placement

A skill and practical based placement, costume assistants work closely with the designer at our workshop to realise designs for up to 6x multi-rolling actors. This placement is ideal for costume and fashion students or recent graduates.

Production Assistants

Interested in the inner-workings of theatre productions? Our Production Assistant placements are ideal for those interested in being in the thick of the action!

Assistant Producer Placements

THE PLACEMENTS We are looking for two passionate individuals who would like to be part of Iris’ thriving Producing office as Assistant Producers for the Summer Season. These will be exciting and hands-on voluntary roles, offering successful candidates a brilliant development opportunity to gain practical experience as a theatre producer. The two Assistant Producers will work closely alongside, and report to, the Summer Producer. Tasks will be shared and adapted according to individual skills and interests.

Audience Development and Marketing:

– To assist the marketing manager in reaching out to new groups (schools, corporates, tour groups, family groups) and updating mailing lists

– To assist in the organisation of Q&As, group events or workshops

– To capture and log audiences’ responses

– To collate press articles

– To assist in creating, editing and designing content marketing

– To liaise with creatives and casts to create regular blogs

– To update the website as required (for example with press reviews and quotes)

Box Office and ticket enquiries:

– To support the Front of House manager in any box office or ticketing task

– To answer phone calls and the emails regarding ticket enquiries

Staff and internal communication:

– To manage the work of office interns, as and when needed

– To attend all weekly Management meetings with the Artistic Director, Producer, Marketing Manager and General Manager

– To take minutes in meetings

Production and budget:

– To assist the stage manager, costume designer and set designer in sourcing materials and props

– To log, check and file expenditures carefully

– To attend production meetings, as and when necessary

Casting:

– To assist in organising casting schedules and liaising with agents

Human Resources:

– To assist in the recruitment and scheduling of our summer season Front of House and Bar volunteers

– To assist in preparing volunteer packs and inductions

General:

– To contribute to ensuring an adequate standard of care and support for Iris Theatre’s audiences and artists.

– To act as an ambassador of the Iris Theatre’s summer season

– Any other tasks as reasonably required to fulfil this role

PERSON SPECIFICATION

No previous producing experience is required. The ideal candidates will have knowledge of and a passion for theatre production, and will be keen to learn and develop their skills in a professional environment. They will be self-motivated and able to take initiative. These opportunities are ideal for a theatre producing or arts administration student or/and someone wishing to develop a career as a Producer and who enjoys the challenges of outdoor, promenade performances.

DATES

As these positions are voluntary, they can be fitted around other commitments. Though not a full time role, an involvement of two or three days per week ​would be ideal to gain the best experience. The starting date is ASAP and the roles ideally run throughout the summer (until early September), but this can be flexible.

Production dates:

THE TEMPEST will run from 20th June to the 28th July 2018.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS will run from 2nd August to the 2nd September 2018.

HOW TO APPLY : Please send the following documents and information:

✓ A CV

✓ A short covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 stating your availability; and,

✓ A completed equal opportunities form. The CV and covering letter can be emailed to Debbie Hicks, Summer Producer, at summer@iristheatre.com.

The equal opportunities form can be completed online here. Deadline for applications: 6th April 2018, 12pm. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 9th April 2018.

Front - of - House Volunteers

Be a part of the show team! If you’re interested in gaining any work experience in customer-facing roles, theatre management or just want to be a part of the fun this summer then front-of-house is a great, low commitment option for those who are interested in a bit extra but don’t want to commit to set hours. Ideally suited for work-experience and recent school leavers.

Set Construction Placements

THE PLACEMENTS

We are looking for four design or carpentry students who are keen to gain more practical experience in set construction to join the Set Design and Set Construction team for our Summer Repertory Season 2018 as they create and deliver the scenic designs for our two new productions: The Tempest​, directed by Daniel Winder and The Three Musketeers​, directed by Paul-Ryan Carberry. The team consists of makers and designers who work collaboratively with the Director and Heads of Departments (Producer, Lighting, Sound, Costume and Stage Management) in realising, constructing and finalising the set. Planning for the Summer Season is now in full swing and the Director is already in the process of developing visual concepts for each production. These will be transformed initially into broad set designs and then specific ideas ready for construction which will commence in May 2018.

Learning outcomes:

✓ Using hand and power tools for a range of materials proficiently, such as the chop and table saw, welder an angle-grinder, paint sprayer and various other equipment. (Further training and health and safety procedures will be provided)

✓ Joinery skills

✓ Carpentry skills

✓ Translating a design into practical construction plans

✓ Using and handling wood and other materials to best deliver the design

✓ Leading on individual or team projects

✓ Collaborating with a team

✓ Supervising the work of others who may be volunteers

Desirable skills:

This is a challenging assignment and is best suited for determined individuals who enjoy creating imaginative, larger than life artwork. It is a wonderful opportunity for four talented individuals to get immersed into an ambitious professional production within a supportive environment. You will be using your creativity and practical skills to support the realisation of the designs, specifically focusing on set construction.

✓ Resourceful and imaginative with a can-do attitude

✓ Some experience of scenic art and stage design (this can be on university projects)

✓ Some experience of using hand and power tools

✓ A good design flair

THE DATES:

Placement Dates

There are two sets of dates available. Chosen candidates need to be available for the following periods (for a minimum of 3 or 4 days per week):

For THE TEMPEST ​availability should be ​from 21st May to 26th June 2018​.

For THE THREE MUSKETEERS ​availability should be ​from 2nd July to 8th August 2018​. Set Design and Construction meetings may take place prior to these dates, to which you will be invited to attend.

Production Dates

THE TEMPEST will run from 20th June to the 28th July 2018.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS will run from 2nd August to the 2nd September 2018.

THE MENTOR

Whilst on the placement, you will be responsible to our Set Construction Manager Nigel Winder, who will be your mentor. You will also be responsible for construction volunteers, who will come support your team on an ad hoc basis.

Nigel Winder, BA (Hons) 3D Design, has led the placements at Iris Theatre for the past six years. He has 40 years of experience teaching set design, construction and scenic painting for various institutions. He is also a Teacher of the Deaf and an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association.

Many previous placements have moved on to more senior roles leading on set design such as Valentina Turtur (set designer on Treasure Island in 2016, placement on Pinocchio in 2015), and Amber Scarlett (set designer on Much Ado About Nothing in 2016, Pinocchio in 2015, placement on Richard III in 2014).

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send the following documents and information:

✓ A CV

✓ A short covering letter of no more than a single side of A4

✓ A completed equal opportunities form The CV and covering letter can be emailed to Debbie Hicks, Summer Producer, at summer@iristheatre.com.

The equal opportunities form can be completed online here.

Please insert SET CONSTRUCTION PLACEMENT ​as the subject and please indicate which production you are available for.

Deadline for applications: Friday 6th April 2018, 12pm. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 9th April 2018.