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Trainee Street Theatre Director Bursary



Trainee Street Theatre Director Bursary

Arran Theatre and Arts Trust, Millport Town Hall & Surge

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 23rd July at 5pm


Would you like the opportunity to learn how to direct your own street theatre show?


You will shadow and be mentored by Melanie Jordan, Surge’s experienced Physical Theatre Practitioner and Co-ordinator (see below for more on Melanie) and gain practical experience during Surge’s project this summer on Arran and next spring in Cumbrae.


We are looking for one Trainee Director in Cumbrae and one in Arran, both will travel to each other’s islands as part of the project.


Who can take part?

  • You should be over 18 years old and have some experience of directing, theatre making or creating work (either indoors or outdoors);

  • You should be interested in learning how to direct outdoor theatre;

  • You should have an interest in working with community performers;

  • We are looking for people who have good communication skills and are enthusiastic and approachable;

What we will provide:

  • £600 bursary stipend on completion of the 6 project dates;

  • For the Trainee Director on Arran: we will provide travel expenses within Arran + travel expenses to Cumbrae and accommodation and food in Cumbrae.

  • For the Trainee Director on Cumbrae: we will provide travel expenses with Cumbrae + travel expenses to Arran and accommodation and food in Arran.

What will the Trainee Street Theatre Director be involved in?

  • There will be an evening training session via zoom for you to attend in the lead-up to the project. This will include an introduction to the project and a session on effective planning and delivery of workshops and rehearsals;

  • You will assist Melanie to support the groups to learn and rehearse street theatre acts and you will shadow Melanie through this process;

  • You will have the chance to lead a warm-up session with the group with support from Melanie;

  • Assist in managing the maintenance and storage of the costumes and props and other practicalities such as setting up the workshop space;

  • Assisting to manage the participants for the street theatre performances.

Dates Required:

  • Wed 26th July – interview (evening via zoom)

  • Mon 14th Aug 2–4pm – training session for Trainee Directors (via zoom)

  • Thurs 24th–Sat 26th Aug ‘23 – workshops/ performances in Arran (3 days)

  • Fri 22nd–Sun 24th March ‘24 - workshops/ performances in Cumbrae (3 days)

How to apply:

  • Send in a CV or Bio with a paragraph about why you would like to take part in this opportunity (max 500 word paragraph) to karen@surge.scot

  • Deadline to apply is Sun 23rd July at 5pm.

  • Interviews will be held via zoom on Wed 26th July.

  • Please get in touch if you have any questions before applying or if you would like an informal chat on the phone (0141 248 6910). Please also let us know if you have any access requirements.


Bios: Melanie Jordan

Melanie is a multi award winning director, actor and theatre maker based in Glasgow. Trained at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and Ècole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, she is the resident Physical Theatre Practitioner with Surge and co-Artistic Director of physical theatre company Jordan & Skinner.


Melanie teaches clown and physical theatre across Scotland and internationally. Directing credits include Once You See the Smoke by Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2020, Slug by Visible Fictions and Imaginary Forests by Rowenbank Circus. Theatre-maker and performer credits include A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego, At A Stretch and Sanitise by Jordan & Skinner.


The project is in partnership with Surge, Arran Theatre and Arts Trust, Arran Youth Foundations, Millport Town Hall, North Ayrshire Place Partnership and is supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The Foyle Foundation.

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