Shadow Artist Opportunity (PAID) – #SpeakingUp

Women & Theatre want to recruit a paid shadow artist, aged 16-25, to support a new project taking place September – December 2017.


#SpeakingUp will see W&T work with three groups of girls in the creation of 3 short films inspired by mac birmingham’s ‘Women in Protest’ Season.

We will work with young carers, Looked After young people and young people with additional educational needs to create 3 ten-minute films responding to the theme of protest. We will work in partnership with Spurgeons, Swiis Foster Care and Fox Hollies School, each hosting one of the production groups.

The content and style of the #SpeakingUp films will be decided by the young people. They might choose to create a music video of a protest song, a documentary-style piece, a drama about characters protesting in some way, or a stop-motion depiction of historical female protesters.

The project will begin with an Inspiration Day at mac where participants will be introduced to the theme of ‘Women in Protest’ with different stimuli including visiting exhibitions at mac. We will also present some short films and explore the range of styles and formats they could adopt. The main film creation will then take place with production groups working in their individual settings with sessions on using the equipment, devising content, scripting, storyboarding, rehearsing & planning, filming and editing. The completed films will be screened at a celebratory event at mac birmingham in December 2017.


Saturday 30th September 2017, 10 – 4pm

Tuesdays, 3rd, 10th, 17th & 31st October and 7th, 14th & 21st November; 5.30-9pm

Wednesdays, 4th, 11th & 18th October and 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd November; 5.30-9pm

Thursdays, 5th, 12th & 19th October and 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd November; 3.30-7pm

Screening Date TBC (afternoon/evening session during w/c 4th December 2017

Some additional planning meetings will also be mutually agreed. Sessions will take place at different venues: mac birmingham (B12 9QH ), Swiis Fostercare (B15 3DP) & Fox Hollies School (B13 8QB)


£70 per day & £35 per half day (up to 4 hours)


The Shadow Artist will work alongside Drama Practitioner Emmi Isham, Filmmaker Kate Green and Project Manager, Rachel Snape. They will be involved in project delivery, supporting young people to create their own films. They will have a role in documenting & monitoring project sessions, to support the editing process, project evaluation & arts award activity. They will be expected to participate in all project sessions and will be line managed by W&T Project Manager, Rachel Snape.

The Shadow Artist will develop skills and gain experience in facilitating drama & film workshops with different groups of young people, making short films, venue & project partner liaison and organising events.



  • Creative ideas
  • Committed and hard working
  • An interest in theatre, film and participatory arts
  • An understanding of YP from vulnerable backgrounds.
  • Good written communication and skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good verbal communication & interpersonal skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • A DBS will be required
  • An empathy with the ethos of the Company


  • Experience of drama or film work in education and community settings
  • Knowledge of arts awards
  • Knowledge of evaluation
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues, particularly in relation to vulnerable young people


To apply, please send us your CV and cover letter/ email stating:

  • Why you are interested in this post
  • What qualities and experience would you bring to this post
  • Any relevant experience.
  • You will also need to confirm that you are available for all the above session times

Please email documents to OR post to:

Women & Theatre, The Old Lodge, Uffculme, 50 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, B13 8QY

DEADLINE:      12noon on Wednesday 13th September 2017

INTERVIEWS: Wednesday 20th September 2017