Would you like to be a part of a free training and development programme delivered by one of the country’s leading community theatre organisations?

Do you have a passion for theatre, community development and social change?

Do you want to work alongside communities supporting, developing, facilitating, producing or directing high-quality and impactful community-based theatre and arts initiatives?

Then our Elevate Associates scheme is for you!

Who is this for?
We are looking for up to 10 theatre practitioners who face barriers and challenges to pursuing a career in theatre due to a number of different circumstances, whether that is down to social or familial barriers, or health and wellbeing challenges.

The scheme would suit early to mid-career artists and practitioners, and those with some experience already of working in community theatre settings, whether that is in this country or abroad.

What can I expect?
You will be part of a friendly and supportive group who will meet together not only to take part in workshops, seminars and events delivered by acta, but also as a peer-support group, helping each other through the challenges that you face.

You can expect to learn and explore your own ideas in a safe, fun and supportive environment. We would expect that you can attend most of the sessions, but we do understand that often, people have other commitments that can arise unexpectedly.

What will it include?
The scheme will consist of 8 sessions in 4 main areas of training & development:

Creative facilitation
acta Methodology
Engaging communities
Social Enterprise

Additionally, there will be two online seminars and two practice exchange sessions where you can try out ideas alongside your peers. There will be a final celebration at the end of March 2023.

What will happen after the scheme ends?
After the scheme we hope you will feel equipped to create, deliver and manage your own projects, and there will also be the opportunity to create projects in collaboration with acta.

Where and when will it take place?
The sessions will take place at the acta centre, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 3AY.

The scheme will last for 7 months (September 2022-March 2023)

21st September (10am-1pm) – Creative facilitation: games, exercises, group dynamics, planning
19th October (10am-1pm) – Julie’s Story and other devising techniques
16th November (10am-1pm) – Creating material from individual voices and writing for a community
30th November (10am -1pm) – Practice exchange: pilot ideas and peer support
18th January (10am-1pm) – Engaging with heritage to create original theatre
8th February (10am-1pm) – Community Theatre Practice: engaging communities: why and how?
22nd February (10am-1pm) – Practice exchange: pilot ideas and peer support
22nd March (10am-4pm) – An introduction to social enterprise: running yourself as a business
29th March (10am-4pm) – A celebration event

How do I apply?
We’d like to know why you’d like to take part in Elevate. You can do this by writing to us (keep it to two sides of A4 or less please), or making a video or audio recording (five minutes or less please).

Specifically, we’d like you to answer the following questions:

Why are you interested in the scheme?
What do you hope to gain from it?
What are the barriers and challenges that you face to pursue a career in community theatre?
How many of the dates we mentioned can you attend?

Please send your application to [email protected] by Monday 5th September 10am

Please email any queries regarding the scheme or application process to [email protected]

Information pack (PDF)
Schedule of workshops (PDF)