Freelance Youth Theatre Leader 11-13 year olds, Storyhouse

Friday 3 August 2018

As Youth Theatre Leader, you will plan, deliver and evaluate Youth Theatre sessions to 5-7 year olds on a weekly basis.

Storyhouse Youth Theatre is for 5-7 year olds interested in seeing, making and performing theatre. It is an opportunity that requires no existing experience. Workshops are built around creating a fun, inclusive environment giving young people the opportunity to work with professionals to develop theatre skills, build confidence and work creatively with other young people.

Your role is to support young people’s participation and development at Storyhouse. The weekly sessions will take place on Saturdays 9.30am – 11am.

This is role is termly contracted and will be reviewed on a term by term basis. The role will start on Saturday 22 September 2018 – Saturday 15 December 2018. Total of 12 sessions for the Autumn Term with potential to be extended to the following terms.

  • The role will suit those with some substantial experience in delivering theatre for young people.
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS check

Responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • deliver weekly sessions for the Autumn Term of Youth Theatre to 5-7-year old’s to the ambitious standard and vision of Storyhouse.
  • devise/direct performance/sharing event at the end of term to be discussed with the Youth Projects Manager.
  • help young people gain and develop new skills and build in confidence, team work and negotiation.
  • work closely with the Youth Projects Coordinator to ensure full register details are being completed each week and manage attendance.
  • administration duties.
  • communicate regularly with Youth Theatre Assistants and Volunteers and support their progress through mentoring.
  • deal appropriately with any child protection issues or concerns as outlined in the Storyhouse Safeguarding Policy and Procedure and report to the Youth Projects Manager.
  • meet with the Youth Projects Manager and communicate with other Youth Theatre Leaders to share learning, plans and adjust work to remain consistent with Storyhouse objectives.
  • support and encourage members when they are moving up into the next age group.
  • attend professional training days where possible.
  • ensure a safe working environment for all Youth Theatre participants, assistants and volunteers.
  • attract new members and ‘be the face’ of Storyhouse.
  • collect evaluations of the sessions from participants in an inclusive way.
  • encourage participants to engage in other Storyhouse activities.
  • undertake any other relevant duties as may from time to time be required by Storyhouse.
  • Comply with all company governance and policies to avoid risks and minimise company liability.
  • Undertake any other relevant duties as may, from time to time, be required by Storyhouse.



Skills, knowledge, achievements

Minimum of 3 years’ experience of youth theatre practice demonstrated through facilitating and directing youth theatre OR working with young people in a school setting


Arts Degree or equivalent 3 years’ professional experience

Specialism with working with under 7s in a theatre setting

Ability to work with young people to develop confidence, working with others, decision making, communication skills and motivation through theatre practice

Demonstrate inclusive workshop facilitation

Knowledge of issues around safeguarding and child protection

Experience of directing youth theatre productions/community projects

Trained Arts Award Advisor or knowledge of Arts Award delivery

Experience of being in a youth theatre team and working with freelance artists and collaborating on creative projects

Confident to deliver and build skills for young people in theatre to also include visual art, music, puppetry, movement and film

Experience of working with young people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable young people

Able to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people

Experience of customer service, working with parents and public

Positive and enthusiastic


Be flexible enough to adapt the programme of work according to the needs and abilities of the group


Good communication skills including written English


An excellent mediator and problem solver