Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
£20,000 or £250 per day - please see the candidate pack for more information
Contract, Sixth months, Part-time
Job description

The RSC is delighted to present three new and unique Fellowship opportunities to support digital leaders of the future, made possible thanks to the generous support of the Rothschild Foundation.

We recognise that creative practitioners and freelancers have been adversely affected by the pandemic and are therefore targeting the Fellowships at the freelance community.

These positions are offered as part time, six-month, temporary fixed term contracts commencing in October/November 2021.

We are looking for Fellows with expertise and experience in their field and an idea of what they want to focus on within one of the three strands outlined below:

  • Audiences – Working with the RSC and i2 media research (an expert consumer insight and user experience research and strategy consultancy based at Goldsmiths, University of London).
  • Production – Working with the RSC and University of Portsmouth's Centre for Creative and Immersive XR (CCIXR) – the UK's first integrated facility to support innovation in the creative and digital technologies of virtual, augmented, and extended realities.
  • Creative – Working with the RSC and Epic Games, creators of Unreal Engine, the world's most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool.

The Fellowships will provide the opportunity to research and develop your own work. You can apply with an idea already in mind or create a project during your time. The idea does not necessarily need to be related to Shakespeare's work – we are keen to hear from applicants who will push form/boundaries and explore new and exciting ways to engage and delight audiences.

To be considered for these opportunities, you do not need to have a prior connection to the RSC or our partners – we are actively encouraging applications from freelancers who have not worked with us previously.

Working with the Director of Digital Development, teams across the RSC and our partners, each Fellow will benefit from:

  • Skills, expertise and equipment from the RSC.
  • Expert input from one of our partner organisations (Epic Games, i2 media research, or University of Portsmouth).
  • Programme of workshops and meetings arranged by the RSC.
  • Sessions with external industry specialists, and a cohort of internationally based advisors.
  • Opportunities to share their learnings with the cultural, tech, gaming, and research sectors.
  • Complimentary tickets to see RSC shows.
  • Financial support towards travel and accommodation as required.

These roles can be based remotely, with some travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, and other RSC and partner locations.

Key responsibilities and requirements include:

  • Attendance at two residencies for Fellows and partners.
  • Time commitment of three days per week and participation in all Fellowship activities.
  • Participation in the Fellowship programme of events.
  • Delivering an agreed shareable output for the programme.
  • Actively engaging with other participants and a collaborative approach to working with others.
  • Commitment to being mentored, and attending 1:1 meetings.
  • Working with the university partners to document and publish research papers on the Fellowship programme.

It is essential that candidates have a proven track record and/or qualification in theatre, arts and/or technology. You must have an idea of the technology pipeline, design or concept you want to explore and an awareness of upcoming technologies and trends. A willingness to learn and develop is crucial, as is the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

You will be working part time (circa 24 per week), delivered across 3 days per week for 6 months. Please note that some work outside normal hours is to be expected, which will include some evenings and weekends.

For more information, please download the Candidate Recruitment Pack available on our website.

To apply, you will need to complete a profile, upload your CV, and then either record or write a supporting statement answering a question relating to the programme. You are also welcome to upload videos, show reels or examples of previous work as appropriate.

All applications should be made online using the RSC website before midnight on Sunday 3 October 2021. Online interviews will be week commencing 4 October using MS Teams. The start date is October/November 2021. If you need any assistance when applying, please email us.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all individuals.

The RSC strives for excellence, and values integrity, inclusion, ambition and innovation. We act with respect, show leadership and build resilient ways of working in all our activities.

We aim to create a welcoming, supportive environment which is happy, healthy and safe. We place great importance upon developing a diverse, highly motivated and energised workforce to help achieve our priorities. We put our values at the heart of everything we do.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (no. 212481) is a registered charity.

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Posted on: 15 September 2021
Closing date: 03 October 2021
Tags: Digital
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