Tamasha are seeking two dynamic, professional playwrights to tutor/facilitate the next cohort of their flagship new writers’ programme, Tamasha Playwrights.
They will be taking over from outgoing Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, under whose tutelage the course has become a fixture within the British theatre industry and launched many careers.
Tamasha can offer some on the job training to writers with limited teaching experience.
Skills and Experience – essential
- Track record of at least two professional stage productions in the UK, within the past 5 years or equivalent experience
- Experience of offering dramaturgy to other writers (which can include writing script reports for theatres).
- Good knowledge of the British theatre industry (especially the subsidised sector), its key players, and new plays of the past 10 years, especially by ethnically diverse writers and companies.
- Some experience running creative workshops and nurturing new talent.
- Warm, friendly manner with emotional intelligence about the process of nurturing embryonic ideas and giving constructive feedback.
- Some success making funding applications, especially to Arts Council England.
- Knowledge of Tamasha and our recent work, including new digital strands.
Skills and Experience – desirable
- Teaching experience in schools, colleges or higher education.
- Experience of writing for other genres such as radio, podcasting, TV, writing for teenagers or working collaboratively with communities.
- Experience of self-producing and managing budgets
Tutoring the group will be shared between the two facilitators, who will ideally teach together, but with the flexibility to cover for one another if unavailable.
Sessions will take place via Zoom fortnightly for 2.5 hours. Some sessions may take place at the Tamasha office base in Rich Mix, E1 depending on government restrictions/travel needs of participants involved.
Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective in which every session is by majority request from the group, so tutors will be expected to be able to deliver sessions in all aspects of the craft. In the past this has included: Dramatic Structure, Dialogue, Non-naturalism, Pitching, Producing a fringe show, working in schools, writing for radio, Creative Research, Re-drafting, and above all to chair group dramaturgy sessions in which individual writers’ ideas are discussed and developed in a positive and supportive environment.
Detailed dramaturgy both verbally and in writing will be required once group members’ first and second drafts are submitted. There is a budget for visiting speakers and tutors if the facilitators cannot meet all the group’s requests. You will also be required to participate in the open call for writers to enrol, including taking part in social media marketing, and reading of all the script submissions, and application forms alongside the Tamasha team.
The two facilitators of the group will be the main points of contact for members and will be required to liaise with Tamasha’s Assistant Producer.
The tutors will be expected to contribute to our evaluation of the programme and will be expected to gather feedback from participants regularly / lead an end of programme review session(s).
Sessions will begin in Autumn 2021 and will run fortnightly until Summer 2022, after which the writers will have an allocated time to write up their second drafts. In the Autumn of 2022, we will present a Tamasha scratch festival in partnership with our Directors programme. This will take place in both a London and regional venue and you will be required to be the main point of communication with group members throughout this process and may also be required to introduce this on stage.
Payment is per session at a rate of £125 to include session and planning time. Fin Kennedy can be available to look over session plans, or provide various templates. Script reading of submissions for the group will be paid at a fixed rate of £500 to include interviewing shortlisted candidates in 20-min slots across two days.
12pm on Sunday 6 June 2021.