Following a decade of growth and innovation, Strange Town’s Chair, John Naylor, has retired and we are seeking to appoint an experienced, dynamic and creative individual to support the company’s future development. This includes the ‘Generation Z – The Future is Unwritten’ digital installation project which was recently awarded £50K from Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding.
Like all organisations, Covid-19 has impacted the company’s business activities. However, the Board feel that following our proactive strategic responses and successful fundraising campaign, Strange Town is currently in an optimistic position for further growth in 2021 and beyond.
If you feel that you could be the next Chair of one of Scotland’s cultural success stories and make a meaningful contribution to the lives of young people, please contact Steve Small on firstname.lastname@example.org for a full job description. Deadline 25th February.
Strange Town is a performing arts charity based in Leith, Edinburgh for 5-25 year olds. It was founded in 2008 and it aims to foster creativity, nurture talent and increase access to opportunities in the arts.
Annually over 350 young people in Edinburgh take part in the participatory drama programme at the organisation’s base (multi-arts space Out of the Blue), which includes: weekly Youth Theatre (8-18 year olds), and Holiday Projects (8-14 year olds) and in primary schools via its weekly After School Drama outreach work (5-12 year olds). A further 3000 teenagers in Scotland’s secondary schools benefit from a programme of impactful issue-based touring theatre productions performed by the organisation’s Young Company of young adults aged 18-25.
The company encourages creative development and personal growth and open-access to activities is encouraged and maintained through a bursary scheme, giving free and discounted places to those from households on low income.
Young participants perform new plays by emerging writers in leading Edinburgh venues and additionally, over 30 early-career opportunities are offered to emerging directors, performers, designers, stage managers and administrators each year.