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Stan’s Cafe Recruiting: General Manager

Friday, March 13th, 2020



IMPORTANT UPDATE: Disappointingly, we have – with our board – decided that in the current global situation we are going to suspend recruitment of the post of General Manager. We will wait for a few months to see how the situation develops and what the best course of action is within its context. We will contact everyone who has applied or enquired about the job individually, and we will share updates as soon as we can.

Keep safe and well and keep looking out for each other.

We’re looking for a full-time General Manager to join our team. The General Manager is the lynchpin of Stan’s Cafe, managing artistic projects, marketing and our core financial and operational functions. We are looking for someone friendly and adaptable, who is interested in all aspects of running a contemporary performance company.

You may not currently work in the theatre sector but will be passionate about supporting artists to create new work, and in developing and maintaining the organisational structures in order for that to happen.

Our Executive Producer, Roisin, has made a short video with her thoughts on why this is an exciting role: LINK.

She is also available for informal, confidential conversations, if you feel that would be beneficial before you apply: roisin@stanscafe.co.uk

Important information about the salary:
The salary range we are advertising is wide: £24,000 – £32,000 per year. We recognize that this role is varied and that you may be an outstanding candidate without experience of every element. Therefore, we remain keen to hear from you if you feel you have some relevant experience, you enjoy variety and you are committed to learning new things that you can put into practice in this job. If you require support in particular elements of the job, we will commit to using some of the budget for this role for professional support and training. Ultimately, we want to enable you to fulfil all elements of the job description and we will pre-agree the objectives to which your salary increases will be linked, as you develop your skills in the role.

Download the job pack to find out more, in PDF format or Word format.

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 8 April .
First round interviews will be held on Tuesday 21 April.

To apply, please submit a CV, a cover letter (no longer than 2 sides; answering the 3 questions outlined in the job pack) and the downloadable equal opportunities and data protection forms to admin@stanscafe.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Casting Call

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Our show Home Of The Wriggler is going out on tour again in February and we’re looking for two actors to join us for the revival. We made the show back in late 2005, inspired by the community around Birmingham’s Longbridge car factory. We were interested the many lives woven together by the factory, its history and community. We were also interested in the idea of a ‘post-oil’ world. These two concerns led to a show in which a cast of four act out and narrate an episode from a vast soap opera featuring dozens of characters in a mosaic of fragmentary scenes whilst powering the lights live on stage using stationary bikes and hand-cranks.

It was a demanding show to perform but the team enjoyed it. When Amanda wasn’t available for then UK tour Bharti took her place and when Heather couldn’t go with the show to Beijing we auditioned dozens of young women and found Amy, who has worked with us regularly ever since. Now we are auditioning again for two female actors one early 20s the other 40+. We are particularly interested in performers with South Asian heritage – due to characters reprented in the play. Further details, including dates and how to apply can be downloaded here.

There was an elegant symetry to the coincidence that the last performances of Home Of The Wriggler were in China where the MG Rover plant ended up. We’re destroying that symetry because now more old car factories are threatened with closure and ‘post-oil’ has become ‘zero-carbon’, it feels like Wriggler time again.

PS: Although cars badged MG are again being built in Longbridge thier ‘revival’ is of a different nature to ours. When MG Rover Group went into administration the MG brand identity was its major asset and this was sold to SAIC Motor (a Chinese state owned car manufacturer). MG is back at Longbridge but it is a different company. Home of the Wriggler is back and it’s still Stan’s Cafe.

Recruiting a Creative Learning Producer

Friday, May 24th, 2019

We’re on the hunt for a Creative Learning Producer to join our team at Stan’s Cafe. This is a new role for someone to take up the exciting challenge of developing and growing our Creative Learning work, with a view to increasing the number of schools and young people we collaborate with each year.

We’re looking for someone dynamic, enterprising and friendly who loves working in schools and is committed to promoting creativity as an integral part of our education system.

Download the job description here, to find out more. Applications close on Monday 10th June at 10am and interviews will be held on Monday 17th June for shortlisted candidates.

Please submit a CV, a cover letter (no longer than 2 sides) explaining why you are suitable for the role, and the equal opportunities and data protection forms to admin@stanscafe.co.uk

Touring Theatre

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Disappointingly, we have – with our board – decided that in the current global situation we are going to suspend recruitment of the post of General Manager. We will wait for a few months to see how the situation develops and what the best course of action is within its context. We will contact everyone who has applied or enquired about the job individually, and we will share updates as soon as we can.

Keep safe and well and keep looking out for each other.

So we have two vans booked. We have borrowed an extra workshop space from our landlord and marked out the Jacksons Lane stage on its floor. We have rethought how our set is constructed so that actual human beings can build it without mechanical assistance. We have replaced a no longer available Stage Manager with an available Stage Manager. Elements of the soundtrack have been tweaked and we have hired some fancy baton lights that were used in the original performances but which it is unreasonable to expect venues to have in their stock. We have collated venue details, printed new fliers and posters. We have rewritten promotional text to bespoke lengths, updated program notes and conducted interviews on the radio. We have conversed with technical and marketing departments checking that the show will work on each stage and that people will turn up to see it. Accommodation has been booked and per diems withdrawn from the bank. We are nearly ready to take The Capital on tour – why are we bothering?

I love the principle of touring. You’ve made a show you are proud of and so you want to show it to as many people as possible, everyone should have a chance to see the show if they wish. I love how difficult it is, the amount of bloodyminded obstinacy it requires to fill a Luton Van full of set and a Transit Van full of props, drive them across the country and spend eight hours preparing in order to perform a ninety minute show before taking everything down again and packing it back into the vans. To me it is special that this is done just for the people who choose to be there that night and no one else, how can this act of commitment be denied and if the show is good, so much the better.

Touring theatre is how we find out what people in other places are thinking and doing. If theatre doesn’t tour then inspiration and influence don’t spread. I want people to be inspired and influenced by Stan’s Cafe whether it’s aesthetically, motivationally or simply fuelling up artists who cry ‘we can do better than that!’

Touring is also a means through which we learn about our shows. After four performances we know The Capital a little, but having gone away and come back and remembered and performed it again we will know more and each new performance and venue will bring new knowledge. Different audiences and different physical spaces will stretch the show in different ways. Repetition will give the actors more chances to explore how they perform and what is possible.

Taking theatre from place to place is to gather people round a shared experience that is made by all of us: the visiting company, the resident technicians and theatre staff plus that night’s audience. I love this gathering, if it’s huge then the moment feels celebratory and if it’s tiny then it feels impossibly intense.

Who knows what lies ahead in the next couple of weeks – the uncertainty is all part of it as well.

Casting

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

You’ve heard it here before any other source, we’ve just opened casting for our brand new studio theatre show THE CAPITAL. As usual we are devising the show between us all, so we’re looking for actors who have good experience of working in this way. We’re seeking performers who are skilled at visual story telling as the show will be wordless. This doesn’t mean years of mime training, but it does mean knowing how audiences read images and how as an actor you make images. The show is about life in a modern diverse city, so we are encouraging applicants from all sectors of society. All the details are in a PDF document here.

Please spread the word.

Creative Learning Recruitment: Graphic Designer/Illustrator

Friday, May 4th, 2018

billesley primary school

We are seeking to recruit a Graphic Designer/Illustrator to work with us and students in Billesley Primary School, south Birmingham creating a book entitled ‘What Is A School?’

Through Summer and Autumn terms 2018 we are working on a whole school project called “What Is A School?” Each year group is exploring philosophical questions about what schools do, how education has changed, the range of different schools today and what education and schooling might look like in the future. The project culminates in the production of a non-fiction book summarizing its findings, authored by the pupils and intended to be read in other primary schools.

The role of the Graphic Designer / Illustrator is to take charge of the look of the book and see it through the printing process. This will also involve working with the children so that they gain an insight into the roles and skills of a designer.

To find our more about this role please download the information sheet HERE.

To apply please send a CV, links to examples of your work and a cover letter explaining your interest in, and suitability for this role to Craig Stephens, Associate Director, Stan’s Cafe craig@stanscafe.co.uk

Please also complete and send the equal opportunities monitoring form available HERE on our website.

The closing date for applications is Thursday May 17th, 6pm. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview in Birmingham on Friday 25th May.

You can discover more about the history and range of our Creative Learning work by visiting the Education and Training section of our website HERE

We look forward to hearing from you.

Creative Learning Recruitment

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Moon_Landings_Project

With a busy term of work planned for summer 2018 we are recruiting five part-time freelance Creative Learning Associates to deliver a range of exciting projects in primary and secondary schools. We are looking for a variety of practitioners with specialisms including maths, drama, costume making and poetry and makers/sculptors.

To find our more about these roles and the particular projects please download the Creative Learning Associate Summer Call Out information sheet HERE.

To apply please send a C.V. and a covering letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the role(s), to our Creative Learning Producer – Lucy Nicholls, via email: lucy@stanscafe.co.uk.

Please also complete and send the equal opportunities monitoring form available HERE on our website.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 5th April, 6pm. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a workshop on Monday 16th April.

You can discover more about the history and range of our Creative Learning work by visiting the Education and Training section of our website HERE

We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Opportunity Project Manager

Friday, January 5th, 2018

It’s almost a secret but for nearly a year we’ve been running twin after-school Drama Clubs in East Birmingham, one in Saltley Academy and one in Washwood Heath Academy. Last summer they came together to perform Us and Them by David Campton.

This year Drama Club will be devising its own original production, plus there will be a stand-alone Easter Holiday Drama Week also in East Birmingham. We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic freelance Project Manager to logistically deliver the twin Drama Club production and the Easter holiday drama week.

Drama Club is part of a wider audience development project Stan’s Cafe is undertaking in Washwood Heath and offers the opportunity to be part of a creative and inspirational project for young people in the area.

Find out more and download the job description here. Applications close on Monday 22nd January 5pm and interviews will be held on Wednesday 31st January for shortlisted candidates.

Please submit a CV, plus a completed equal opportunities monitoring form and covering letter explaining why you’re suitable for the role to lucy@stanscafe.co.uk.

Life changing opportunity?

Monday, December 4th, 2017

You don’t have to dig very far into the history of Stan’s Cafe to find an acknowledgement of the influence of the artist/director Robert Wilson. A BBC Arena documentary showing clips of Wilson’s early works was an early inspiration and Stefan Brecht’s book about this work ‘Theatre of Visions‘ added to the mystique.

Since then Wilson has worked prolifically in opera, theatre and installations and set up what looks like a remarkable performance center (they say Center we say Centre – let’s call the whole thing…) in upstate New York dedicated to making new art. The Watermill Center has just opened applications for it’s annual Summer Program which, if you are a young artist working in almost any field, I insist you look at carefully as it represents an absolutely extraordinary opportunity. You work for a month in the summer with artists from around the world, there are lectures and workshops and practical opportunities galore – you need to pay for your travel there and back but the residency itself is free and accommodation and food are both provided free as well. The competition to get a place must be very fierce but who knows… someone must get on… in fact +80 someones get on each year, why not you?

What an experience it would be, honestly it would change your life – Watermill Center Summer Program

Open Space Coming Soon

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

How often do you hear about something that sounds stupid or ridiculous, you write it off as such and then, at some future date, perhaps not so far in the future, you find yourself proved utterly wrong. In my case the answer is ‘far too often’ and Open Space ‘conferences’ is a case in point.

If you are fully up on Open Space you can skip to the penultimate paragraph of this post in which I write “It feels too long since the last one which is why Stan’s Cafe have teamed up with mac Birmingham to invited anyone involved in theatre in the region who wishes to attend to join us at mac on 8th November to help answer or at least respond to the challenge How Do We Help Theatre To Thrive Here And Now?

Everyone else stick with me and please read on… Continue reading “Open Space Coming Soon” »


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