Workshop Assistant

We are looking for a new part-time worker to join our Foundation scheme, starting as soon as possible.

We are particularly keen to encourage applications from anyone who is representative of the diverse cultural backgrounds of our participants; these include working class, BAME, refugees and migrants, people with disabilities, and people who have had fewer educational opportunities.

The Workshop Assistant will be given on-the-job training and one-to-one mentoring, and will have opportunities to learn from all members of the experienced acta core team. The job will include a wide range of responsibilities, both desk-based and out and about, from participant engagement and support, to assisting acta’s Associate Director with drama and theatre workshops, making original theatre and producing plays with people across the City.

It is a new role, developed for acta’s new Cornerstone programme and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

We are looking for people who have a thirst and a real desire to help people make theatre; who have some skills and are ready to learn; who want to make a career in community theatre and arts.

acta’s Foundation programme offers paid workplace learning opportunities to adults who are interested in community theatre, but face barriers to developing a career in the sector; cultural, class, education, disability.

Interviews will take place at the actacentre on Tuesday 11 February, so all applicants should ensure they would be available to attend, if invited. acta will make any reasonable adjustments needed for both the interview and once in post, so please include details of any access needs.

To apply, please answer the following 3 questions and then email them to, together with your CV, before the application deadline of Monday 10 February (midday)

  • Why would you like to work for acta?
  • What barriers do you face to finding work or training in the sector?
  • What would you bring to acta? – Include some information about yourself; personal qualities, skills and experience.

acta is a rewarding company to work for, and this post offers excellent job satisfaction opportunities.

The hours are anticipated to be worked over 3 days, Monday – Wednesday, 8 hours daily. (There is some flexibility for the hours to be worked over 4 days, 6 hours daily, if this is preferred.)

The 24 hour per week post will assist the Associate Director to deliver two weekly workshops, and the post-holder will also need to attend weekly company meetings on Mondays, and training on Wednesdays. Office hours will be flexible, to fit around these specific time commitments. There may also be occasional evening hours (when shows are performed), but Time off In Lieu (TOIL) will be agreed on these occasions.

Job Description

Fixed term contract, 17 months; February / March 2020 – July 2021; £11 per hour / £1,144 monthly (NB 11 months pa only – excludes August)

The Workshop Assistant post will enable learning through the following tasks and responsibilities:-

  1. To assist the Associate Director to plan and lead fun drama workshops.
  2. To support and engage people who have little or no experience of theatre; to encourage participants to come along, get involved and make theatre; and to encourage new audiences.
  3. To develop and deliver an outreach programme, in partnership with community partners.
  4. To create and produce original plays and theatre with people, based on their ideas, opinions and life experiences.
  5. To meet, plan and review theatre productions with other members of the acta team.
  6. To support people through the project to develop their confidence and self-esteem, to improve their communication skills and to learn new skills.
  7. To monitor and evaluate participants’ attendance and progress during the projects, using established acta monitoring systems.
  8. To attend and participate in acta meetings, training, seminars and events, as necessary.
  9. To attend external meetings and represent acta where required.
  10. To deliver any other tasks necessary in support of acta vision and values.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is interested in helping people tell their stories through making theatre.
  • Is interested in, and excited by making things happen; working on a wide range of tasks towards a common goal.
  • Has good communication skills, written and spoken.
  • Can demonstrate an interest and experience in theatre or drama.
  • Is friendly, caring, kind and helpful.
  • Can work on their own, shows good initiative, and is also a good team member.
  • Is enthusiastic to learn, and excited about gaining new skills.
  • Is committed to equality and diversity; keen to engage new people in theatre.
  • Is organised and good at managing their time.
  • Wants to develop a career in community theatre.

No formal qualifications necessary.


acta is a theatre company which helps people tell their stories through theatre. The company has 35 years’ experience and an international reputation of excellence, working with diverse communities across Bristol to produce theatre for everyone.

acta vision, values & aims

Vision – To bring about positive change for individuals and community through promoting active, creative participation in theatre. To create high quality, relevant theatre with vulnerable and socially isolated people from all generations and cultures through an open access and free creative programme which provides positive and enjoyable shared experiences, building friendships and a shared appreciation of common humanity.

Values –

Access & Participation -acta exists to provide access to participation in the arts for the most marginalised and excluded sections of society.

Ownership – acta is committed to co-creation of all artistic product, with participants and professional facilitators sharing equal status.

Excellence – Excellence in facilitation, in performance process, in co-production and in the product.

Inclusiveness – acta is committed to providing equality of opportunity to people without privilege, engaging marginalised people and promoting intercultural and intergenerational dialogue through theatre.

Partnership – acta is committed to proactively developing collaborations and partnerships within arts and wider sectors at local, national and international levels.

Valuing people – acta is a caring organisation that listens to and supports vulnerable people, valuing stories, cultural heritage and life experiences and enabling sharing by making new theatre.