Theatre Royal, Dumfries Dumfries Arts Award Programme

David Ford, Heather Molloy
  • 66-68 Shakespeare Street
    DG1 2JH
  • 01387254209
  • Adult 18-24
  • Adult 16-17
  • Annandale & Eskdale
  • Stewartry
  • Nithsdale
  • Stage 1 - Engagement
  • Stage 2 - Barrier Removal
  • Stage 3 - Vocational Activity

The Dumfries Arts Award Programme is run by the Theatre Royal in partnership with The Usual Place and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow. Following the model used at The Usual Place, the programme aims to provide individuals, who have additional support needs, with personalised work placements at the Theatre Royal. This is an exciting opportunity for people who have an interest in gaining experience in the creative and performing arts sectors.

After successful application for the Dumfries Arts Award Programme, the individual will complete a six-week induction internship. This will comprise of 2-3 hours once a week including one evening shift where possible. During this time, the Intern will be given the opportunity to work in a number of different areas within the theatre to discover which area they feel the most interested in and to learn about the successful operation of the theatre. As well as key industry specific learning, the individual will be supported to develop their confidence and other transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, and customer service.

At the end of the six-week internship, the individual will be presented with a certicate to demonstrate the contribution they have made to the theatre. A meeting will also be held to see if the individual will move to join the programme fully as an Apprentice. As an Apprentice, the individual will increase their hours to 7.5 hours per week split into a day and evening shift to allow them to gain experience in the differing needs of a working theatre. At this point, they will also be introduced to the Arts Award which is accredited through Trinity College, London. A plan will then be developed to support the individual to continue their work experience and work towards gaining this arts-based qualification. 

There is no set time limit to the programme as each person will progress at their own pace. We recognise that each person has their own needs and the numbers on the programme will be kept low to ensure each person is provided with the appropriate level of support. Throughout the programme we will also be linking with key partners including DG Tap to ensure that the person is supported to move forwards in the right direction for them.

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