LABORATORY ASSOCIATE DESIGNER (SET/COSTUME) NUFFIELD, SOUTHAMPTON
Responsible to: Artistic Development Producer
Nuffield is at an exciting time of transition, under the leadership of Sam Hodges it has been reinvigorated as a producing theatre company for Southampton and recently won The Stage award for Regional Theatre of the Year 2015. Based at the mid-scale Nuffield Theatre on the University of Southampton’s main campus, the theatre now has a growing national reputation for the quality of its work. Ultimately Nuffield aspires to attract and develop the highest calibre of artists to make theatre in Southampton and to re-engage audiences and the community in Southampton and the wider region.
About Nuffield Laboratory
Nuffield Laboratory is our creative development programme for theatre-makers and companies, a space we and our community of artists can experiment with new ideas; a creative hub for exploration and discovery. We collaborate with theatre-makers from Hampshire, the South and across the UK to explore new creative projects and ideas or to hone and develop theatrical craft. All of the company’s programme development and talent development opportunities are run through the Laboratory, which is produced by Artistic Development Producer Dawn Taylor.
The Laboratory Associates Programme
The Nuffield Laboratory Associates Programme will offer four of the most exciting early-career directors and designers a one-year attachment, during which they will be given the opportunity to both assist on one of the company’s major productions and lead on their own collaborative project. The programme will engage one director and three designers. The Laboratory Associate Director will be BBC Fellow Anthony Lau, and Nuffield will be recruiting for the three positions of Set/Costume Designer, Lighting Designer and Sound Designer during February/March 2015. They will each assist on at least one major production, and their collaborative project will be developed throughout the year, culminating in a work-in-progress production by Nuffield during the autumn. The Laboratory Associates will also meet regularly with the Nuffield team to feed into Nuffield Laboratory’s strategy and programme, acting as artistic consultants. They will provide an artist’s perspective on the company’s talent development offer, and in return will gain an in-depth insight into the way a regional producing theatre operates.
• Assist Lead Set/Costume Designer in the delivery of a brand new production directed by Nuffield’s Artistic Director Sam Hodges which will be produced in October 2015. Specific assisting duties will be tailored to the individual’s capability and areas of interest, as well as to the specifics of the production, but may include: acting as communication point between designer & in-house technical team where necessary, some rehearsal attendance, full-time presence at tech week in Southampton and co-production partner if the show is transferred, assisting with research during the design phases, set dressing, prop design, scenic art, costume making, amongst other duties.
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates selected for interview will be given full details of the as yet unannounced Autumn production on which they will work as assistant, giving them time before interview to prepare thoughts on that particular show
• Undertake duties as lead designer for the development of a new show led by the Laboratory Associate Director and working with the other Laboratory Associate Designers. Attendance at up to 4 research and development weeks throughout 2015 will be required, in addition to full-time attendance during the work-in-progress production week in November 2015
• Attend monthly meetings with Laboratory Associates and Nuffield’s Artistic Development Producer, feeding into the ongoing strategy for Nuffield Laboratory and offering suggestions for new talent development activity from an artist’s perspective
• Contribute to the delivery of a skills development event through Nuffield Laboratory whereby the Laboratory Associate Designer can pass on their skills and knowledge to a new generation of aspiring designers
• Attendance at selected internal Nuffield meetings, such as with the programming team, both to gain insight into the artistic processes of a producing theatre and to offer their input into shaping the company vision
• To undertake a personalized development plan which will be set mutually with the Artistic Development Producer and will be allocated a budget of up to £300 to contribute to the costs of any training courses, travel for meetings or show tickets
• To act as an ambassador for the Nuffield at all times in the public realm and online
• To attend work in their home city on behalf of Nuffield for which tickets will be reimbursed
Attachment dates: 1 April 2015 until 31 March 2016
Rehearsals: roughly September 2015 (4 weeks, occasional attendance)
Tech week: late September/early October 2015 (full time attendance)
Run in Southampton: roughly October 2015 (4 weeks, occasional attendance)
R&D weeks throughout 2015 to be determined with input from Laboratory Associate Designer
Work in progress performance: w/c 9 Nov (Southampton)
Further detail about the collaborative project, including the title of the play and basic creative vision, will be shared with those candidates shortlisted for interview.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
• At least two years’ paid experience EITHER as a freelance set or costume designer/assistant OR as a scenic artist/costume maker in the field of live performance
• Strong commitment to developing a career as a theatrical set/costume designer
• Experience of designing set for at least one show. This can include projects undertaken whilst in training or unpaid work. Candidates should be prepared to give details of any previous design work in application and if invited to interview
• Solid skills in EITHER scenic art, prop-making OR costume making
• An interest in building new collaborative relationships with creative peers
• Passionate about both learning from and contributing to the artistic vision of a busy producing theatre, and in particular the company’s artistic development programme, Nuffield Laboratory
• Ability to work well in a team environment, and work under pressure
• Good organisational skills with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
• Working knowledge of MS Office: Word, Excel and Outlook.
Contract: Freelance, 1 year attachment
Fee: £2000 retainer + professional development budget of up to £300. Expenses available whilst on production.
Dates of attachment: 1 April 2015 until 31 March 2016
Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in and suitability for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 10am on Friday 27 March.