Jobs & Opportunities


Live Theatre’s Children and Young People’s team is recruiting freelance theatre makers and artists to work with our Youth Theatre. 

Lead Drama Workers and Support Drama Workers Required

Live Theatre is recruiting new Lead Drama Workers and Support Drama Workers on a freelance basis to devise high quality theatre with children and young people aged 11-25.  Live's Youth Theatre has 10 groups; each group is led by a led by a lead worker and support worker who will work alongside the young people to create devised work which will be performed in Live Theatre’s main house on an annual basis.  The pieces should represent young people’s views and opinions, be ensemble and inclusive in nature and be of the highest standard.  This is also an opportunity to work alongside a large team of theatre practitioners and share good practice.

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To apply please send a CV and a brief covering letter to education@live.org.uk using the reference YTREC in the subject box. 

Deadline for applications is Monday 5 September 2016, 5pm. 

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview and group workshop to demonstrate workshop style and ability to deliver with members of our Youth Theatre on Monday 12 or Tuesday 13 September.


Live Theatre's £2,000 Live Lab Bursary

Do you have outstanding, imaginative, theatrical ideas?

Submissions are now open for Live Theatre's £2,000 Live Lab Bursary to develop a new piece of theatre.

Live Theatre, Newcastle is the home of new theatre in the North East and Live Lab is the creative space that allows it to flourish. It offers a platform and support to writers, theatre makers and artists to test bed their creativity.

The bursary winner will receive £2000 to help in the development of a new piece of theatre, dramaturgical and producing support, two weeks rehearsal/R&D space at Live Theatre and a performance slot in the Work-in-progress night at the Live Lab Elevator festival in February 2017.

Previous outstanding bursary winners have been Lists for the End of the World by fanSHEN, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp by Alison Carr and Captain Amazing by Alistair McDowall

“Receiving the bursary was really important for us. We had an idea for a show that wasn’t all that easy to explain and that fell between being new writing and collaboratively made work. Receiving the bursary was a really important vote of confidence; I’m really not sure if we’d have made the show without it. The money itself was obviously great but it was more than that - the belief in the idea.”   Rachel Briscoe - fanSHEN

The Live Lab Bursary is specifically aimed at individuals, collaborations or companies who have an innovative approach to text based performance

We want to see something new and unexpected so send us your ideas and tell us what you have to say.

How to Apply

Please send proposals on one side of A4 outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work. 

You may also want to send images and video links of the idea or previous projects.  

Deadline: Proposals should be sent to livelab@live.org.uk by Sunday 18 September.

Interviews: Held for shortlisted applicants in the week commencing Monday 3 October 2016

This opportunity is open UK based individuals, collaborations or companies.

Looking for people aged 60+ for intergenerational workshops for Almanac of the Future

We are looking for people aged 60 plus to take part in two days of workshops for the Newcastle Future Assembly at Live Theatre on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, 10.30 – 4.30pm.

The project will be led by Annette Mees, Creative Fellow for Wired / The Space and Abby Nocon, Creative Futurist.  It is based on a cross continent project in development called the Almanac of the Future, where they bring together 15 year olds with 65 year olds to imagine the future in 50 years.  

Through discussion, creative writing and team-building exercises between teenagers and elders, we hope to collectively design a manifesto for a future we can all invest in. The findings of the Newcastle Future Assembly, and the other four Future Assemblies, will be collected in a book, a poster and a video. 

If you would like to join us and are available from 10.30am – 4.30pm on both Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September 2016, let us know by email on education@live.org.uk putting Future in the subject box.  

Fun Palaces

Calling all makers and creators! Artists and scientists! Live Theatre is holding its first Fun Palace on Saturday 1 October 2016 and we’d like you to help us shape it. If you’d like to be a part or just want to find out a bit more please get in touch. Our Fun Palace will take place in Live Garden, a new public garden and outdoor performance space and Live Tales, our young writers centre.

We welcome involvement and engagement from people keen to make a difference. Fun Palaces is not just about the weekend, it is about coming together to create, celebrating local people, local places and community in the everyday.

Find out more about Fun Palaces.

For more information on getting involved with Live Theatre's Fun Palaces email degna@live.org.uk