Call Out: Higher Education Ensemble Directors 2022

National Centre for Circus Arts is a registered charity and one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education. Based in a magnificent Victorian power station adjacent to Hoxton Square, we involve thousands of people in the creation and performance of circus arts every year. The Higher Education department provides a two year Foundation Degree and a one year BA (Hons) top-up that prepares students for all aspects of the international circus landscape, and many aspects of the performing arts industry.

We are currently looking for two Ensemble Directors for 2022; one for our second-year Foundation Degree, and another for our BA Degree production.

The Ensemble Directors will lead on the creation of the ensemble productions, ensuring that they align with the general and specific learning outcomes of the module, based on a theme generated by the post-holder and agreed on with the National Centre Producer and Head of Higher Education delivery.

Second-year Foundation Degree Ensemble Director 2022 (freelance)

At the point of the production, the FD2 students will have focused their studies for the last three terms on their specific circus discipline alongside physical preparation and maintenance, as well as performance techniques and aesthetics.

What we are looking for

Essential

  • We welcome practitioners from a range of disciplines, but experience in directing physical theatre performance is an advantage
  • Experience of and commitment to working with students in Higher Education and engaging them in the creative process
  • Strong project management skills
  • Able to demonstrate previous professional directorial or choreographic experience
  • A proven track record of delivering work of high artistic quality within a Higher Education context
  • Experience in providing cohesive written feedback/assessment at a Higher Education level
  • Ability to create a clear cohesive artistic vision and communicate this effectively
  • Able to incorporate the creative propositions of the students
  • Availability for the creation & production week is non-negotiable

Desirable

  • Experience of working within a small to medium size organisation
  • Experience of working with a wide range of Circus skills
  • Experience with the assessment process at the level of Higher Education

 

Key project information

Project Contract: 25 April-21 May 2022
Production week: week commencing 16 May 2022
Weekend rehearsals: TBC
Production meetings: TBC
Performance dates: 19, 20, 21 May 2022
Student assessment writing: deadline to be established with Head of Academic Administration and student support
Performance venue: National Centre for Circus Arts, Coronet Street N1 (Combustion Chamber)
Rehearsal venue: National Centre for Circus Art, Coronet Street N1 (Combustion Chamber)
Production budget: TBC
Fee: £3,500

Application Due Date: 14 October 2021
Interviews held: W/C 18 October 2021

Please download the full brief below.

Downloads

Second-year Foundation Degree Ensemble Director documents

BriefModule Specification (CA201)

BA Ensemble Director 2022 (freelance)

At the point of the production the BA students will have focused their studies on their specific circus discipline for 2 years, physical preparation and maintenance, as well as performance techniques and aesthetics.

What we are looking for

Essential

  • We welcome practitioners from a range of disciplines, but a background in physical performance is an advantage
  • Experience of and commitment to working with students in Higher Education and engaging them in the creative process
  • Strong project management skills
  • Able to demonstrate previous professional directorial or choreographic experience
  • A proven track record of delivering work of high artistic quality within the Higher Education context
  • Experience in providing cohesive written feedback/assessment at a Higher Education level
  • Ability to create a clear cohesive artistic vision and communicate this effectively
  • Able to incorporate the creative propositions of the students
  • Availability for the creation & production week is non-negotiable

Desirable

  • Experience of working within a small to medium size organisation
  • Experience of working with a wide range of Circus skills
  • Experience with the assessment process at the level of Higher Education

Key project information

Project Contract: 17 January – 12 February 2022
Production week: week commencing 7 February 2022
Weekend rehearsals: TBC
Production meetings: TBC
Performance dates: 10, 11, 12 February 2022
Student assessment writing: deadline to be established with Head of Academic Administration and student support.
Performance venue: Jacksons Lane
Rehearsal venue: TBC
Production budget: TBC
Fee: £3,500

Application Due Date: 14 October 2021
Interviews held: W/C 18 October 2021

Please download the full brief below.

Downloads

BA Degree Ensemble Director documents

BriefModule Specification (CA307)

Watch previous ensemble productions

Susan – Second year Foundation Degree Ensemble 2019

"Has anyone seen Susan?" Our FD2 students try their best to find her in their magnificent ensemble show directed by Sam Coren.

Polymer – BA Hons Degree Ensemble 2015

Performed by final year Circus Arts BA Hons Degree students at the Udderbelly, Southbank, London on 6-8 July 2015. Directed by Lina Johansson.

Upwards – Second Year Foundation Degree Ensemble 2021

There hasn’t been much to celebrate since the world went on hold. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Directed by Samantha Pauls