The company is looking for several new trustees (board members) to join at an exciting time in the company’s history. Current highlights include:
We are keen to hear from, and appoint, people with the following skills, experience, or knowledge base:
We are also keen to consider appointing someone who is an artist/ creative (not necessarily from the world of theatre), and someone who is a young person (under 30 years old).
Theatr Iolo is an equal opportunities organisation and especially welcomes people with disabilities or with a BAME background. The board has recently adopted a new Equalities and Diversity Action Plan which actively promotes a greater understanding of diversity within the organisation and is committed to changing its operations to be at the forefront of best practice.
Theatr Iolo is an award-winning theatre company based in Cardiff which specialises in creating work for children, young people and families.
It was formed in 1987 by a group of theatre practitioners. Over the past 29 years Theatr Iolo has created over 80 productions and played to over 350,000 children and young people throughout Wales, the UK and internationally. The company’s core work is producing work for young audiences, defined as aged under 26. It is particularly known and respected for its work for early years (babies to under 5s) but has recently received acclaim for its work for young adults.
There are three strands of activity throughout the year:
Create - We create work for babies, toddlers, children and young people and regularly tour Wales, the UK and internationally with our productions. We also co-produce and co-create work with other companies. Recent partners include: Battersea Arts Centre, the Unicorn, the egg Theatre Royal Bath, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic and Ovalhouse.
Cultivate: We support artists and smaller theatre and dance companies through a variety of ways, either through giving them rehearsal space or producing, mentoring and marketing support or through our emerging artist programme, Platfform. This strand also seed-funds new ideas by artists including Christopher Brett Bailey, Caroline Horton and Polar Bear.
Curate - We aim to bring the best of theatre for young audiences and families to Wales, work we see and believe audiences in Wales should have the opportunity to see. We present this in partner venues through the country.
As an example of a year’s activity, in 2013/14, we toured eight productions which played to c.18,600 people in 307 performances, including representing Wales in the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 2014. In 2015 the company presented Dylan Thomas’ Adventures in the Skin Trade at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne in Australia, becoming the first Welsh theatre company to do so. The company currently has co-productions in development with Battersea Arts Centre and Consol Theatre Germany and commissions for new works from Caroline Horton, Seiriol Davies and Christopher Brett Bailey.
The company is based in Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, and currently has a rehearsal room provided as in-kind support from Cardiff Council. It is also currently part of a capital feasibility study to build a permanent home for the company. The company is a revenue funded client of Arts Council of Wales, currently receiving c.£250,000 per annum. This is in addition to our three-year artist and audience development programme called Platfform, jointly funded by ACW through the National Lottery and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
The joint CEOs are supported by a Marketing Officer, Finance Officer, Associate Producer for Artist Development and an Administrator.
The board currently comprises six members, with expertise from the arts, the legal profession, broadcasting, marketing, business and digital. The board meets a minimum of four times a year. Laura H Drane is the chair, and Mark Rhys Jones is the vice chair; current trustees include Rebecca Gould, Paul Scudamore, Elwyn Davies and Aled Rowlands.
After this call out, we hope to speak and meet with as many candidates as possible during August/ September. We then hope to invite interested new board members to observe the next board meeting in October 2016, with a view to them potentially joining at the following meeting in January 2017.
If you would like to be considered as a trustee, please contact Laura Drane (details below) with a CV and short letter/ email, and to arrange a phone call/ short face to face meeting with her and one of the CEOs.
We are also happy to answer any questions you might have or talk to you about the role and the company. If so, please contact one of us for an informal discussion:
Laura Drane, Chair
Kevin Lewis, Artistic Director
029 20 613 782
John Williams, Producer
029 20 613 782
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