Jobs & Opportunities


Live Lab Bursary

Submissions are now open for Live Theatre's annual Live Lab Bursary for innovative approaches to text based theatre.

The bursary winner will receive £2000, dramaturgical and producing support, research and development and rehearsal space as well as a performance slot at the Elevator Festival in February 2018.

Previous bursary winners include Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Cloakroom Theatre, Lists for the End of the World by fanSHEN, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp by Alison Carr and Captain Amazing by Alistair McDowall.

Winning the Live Lab Bursary helped us make a show we’re now very proud of but also more importantly, as newcomers to the region, gave us a home. Presenting our work to audiences, next to other exciting companies, really helped us develop what we were trying to do - that’s what every artist needs!” Rachel Briscoe – fanSHEN

We want to see something new and unexpected so send us your innovative ideas.

How to Apply: Please email your one page proposal outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work to livelab@live.org.uk.  You may also want to include images and video links of the idea or previous projects.  

Deadline: 10am Monday 3 April.

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


Gben!/Write! New Playwriting Bursary - no experience needed

For young writers (aged 16-25) of African Caribbean heritage, in memory of Osa Omorogbe

Bursaries worth over £1000 to fund a place on a playwriting course, are available for young people aged 16-25 of African Caribbean heritage from Tyne & Wear.

On the course, in March 2017, two of the region’s most respected theatre practitioners, Gez Casey and Paul James, will teach the art of playwriting.  You will learn key elements of writing for the stage including storyline and theatrical development and character progression.  Students will also gain transferable skills including verbal and written communication, collaborative working, problem solving and an ability to act on constructive criticism. The course will culminate in a celebratory event where the students' plays will be performed by professional actors in front of an audience at Live Theatre, Newcastle. The course can also count towards an Arts Award project.

The bursary to take part in the course includes:

  • Free attendance at playwriting course, with help for travel costs
  • One-to-one mentoring from a leading theatre professional
  • Encouragement to write a one-act play, with the possibility to submit it to Live Theatre for consideration once the course is completed
  • Visits to at least two theatre productions
  • A showcase of the students’ work at the end of the course
  • A certificate of completion

The course will be taught over five sessions on Wednesday evenings 6 – 9pm between Wednesday 1 and Wednesday 29 March 2017:

Gben!/Write! playwriting course and bursary is in memory of Osa Omorogbe  by his children Jane and Owen, mutual friend and artist Peter Adegbie, and Waka Waka Africa North East. Osa Omorogbe was a playwright, actor, story-teller and dancer born in Nigeria, but who lived in Newcastle for more than 45 years. He was the founder and artistic director of ‘Shakers and Movers’ – an association set up to promote understanding and celebration of our cultural diversity through the presentation and performance of the arts. ‘Gben’means 'write' in Edo, the language spoken primarily in Edo State, Nigeria.

Eligibility: Open to young people aged 16-25, from an African Caribbean background who are based in Tyne & Wear.

How to apply: We currently have 2 bursaries remaining still to be awarded. Please email gez@live.org.uk explaining why you would be interested in taking up this opportunity and to find out more.


Live Tales Volunteers

Do you want to help children to become more creative and confident story-writers?

Do you have time to volunteer on Thursday or Friday mornings?

Live Tales, Live Theatre’s new creative writing centre for children, is looking for Volunteers to help with creative writing workshops for young people.

Live Tales is located behind Live Theatre just off Newcastle’s Quayside.  Launched in September 2016, Live Tales offers fun and interactive story writing workshops for Key Stage 2 classes (ages 7-11). Alongside experienced drama workers from Live Theatre's Education and Participation team, volunteers at the Live Tales workshops encourage and inspire young people to explore their imagination, develop communication skills and grow in confidence. The workshops are free for schools, partly due to the help of our committed volunteers.

Live Tales is looking for:

Volunteers to encourage young people one to one and in small groups to develop their story-writing ideas.

Volunteer Illustrators to bring the young people’s ideas to life by creating illustrations to accompany the story.

Find out more.