SEEDS Apprenticeships

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for SEEDS Apprenticeships.

About SEEDS Apprenticeships

Since 2001 Rough Magic has been the pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through its SEEDS programme for emerging artists – based on mentoring, research and creative engagement. SEEDS has been Ireland’s premiere development programme for the past nineteen years; an impressive number of graduates of the programme have gone on to make a significant contribution to the professional theatre sector and many continue to work with Rough Magic. So far there have been more than 50 SEEDS participants. Over 50% have been directly employed by Rough Magic and over 85% are currently working as full-time theatre professionals.

To mark the programme’s 20th anniversary we now intend to design a new iteration to take us into the next decade.

Three emerging/early-career artists will be placed with the company annually for a 12-month engagement beginning in March 2021. Participants will be given desk space with the company once COVID restrictions lift, offered mentorship from the Rough Magic artistic team, support with their own independent projects and employment as paid assistants on a Rough Magic production for the duration of the production. They will be invited to join a dialogue with the company, with a view to honing skills and expanding creative thinking.

Who should apply

Participants will be selected across the disciplines of

  • Directing
  • Costume design
  • Lighting design
  • AV Design
  • Set design
  • Sound design

Candidates who work across disciplines will be considered fully eligible.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable interest in theatre production and some experience at undergraduate or Fringe level of making live work for a paying public. They will have good communication skills, and the ability both to work within and lead a creative team.

Besides proven skill and artistic ability they will need to demonstrate an original and motivated vision, ambition and intellectual clarity. They must have a good working knowledge of theatre practice and production in contemporary Ireland. An understanding of Rough Magic, its ethos and history, and a comprehension of the principal of ensemble is essential; also, a sense of the practicalities of theatre making. Proposed, but as yet unproduced,  projects will be of interest to the selection panel; we aim to assist work of high merit to come to fruition where possible.

Participants will be given the position of Assistant to the Director or Designer as appropriate on a Rough Magic production (which may take the form of filming for livestream or broadcast should COVID restrictions continue). This supporting role will require creative input as needed and will be paid a weekly wage in line with the company rate for emerging artists over the course of the rehearsal and production period.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a short cover letter outlining their suitability for the engagement, a CVreferences and an outline of work-in-progress (max 500 words). Applications to: by Friday 19th February 2021 at 5pm.

Please state “SEEDS Apprenticeships” in the email subject line. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Zoom before the end of February. Decisions will be announced in mid-March. Rough Magic would like to encourage applications that are representative of Ireland’s theatre artists in all their diversity – including but not limited to: people across the socio-economic spectrum, people of colour, members of the Traveller Community, people with disabilities and LGBTQI+ people.

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