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Step Change

Recruitment is now open for Step Change 2017 - deadline Monday 31 October 2016. Apply

*We are pleased to announce that DanceXchange has joined the group of supporting organisations for Step Change*

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Step Change

Step Change is a national programme for professionals seeking to progress/develop their careers in the performing arts. Providing coaching, mentoring, masterclasses and experience-based learning, Step Change supports those in need of a change of direction.

Focusing predominantly on arts administration roles (including producing, management, project management, learning, development, marketing, cultural policy etc), Step Change expands the range of opportunities for those hoping to make a transition into or within the arts, especially those who are overlooked and underrepresented. In its seventh year and led by the National Theatre, the programme’s key aim is to develop confident, experienced, daring and aware professionals that will strengthen the heart of the sector.

Step Change 2017 will be run in partnership with Bristol Old Vic (Bristol), Live Theatre (Newcastle upon Tyne), The Lowry (Salford), with support from the Ambassador Theatre Group, Candoco Dance Company, Eclipse Theatre Company, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, New Wolsey Theatre, DanceXchange plus additional supporting organisations to be announced in October 2016.

Step Change gives you the confidence to articulate your future”
Participant 2014-15

I have had a total change of career and got a new job”
Participant 2014-15


Click here if you are interested in applying

Applicant preparation sessions - your chance to find out more!

These sessions will include a short presentation by previous participants, followed by an opportunity for small group and/or individual consultations with the Step Change coordinator.

  • Friday 14 October; 12pm - 2pm (drop in session)

Eclipse Theatre, The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

(Drop in anytime between 12pm and 2pm but email to let us know you're coming)

  • Tuesday 18 October; 11am - 12.30pm

DanceXchange, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB

  • Tuesday 18 October , 2.30pm - 4pm & 4.30pm - 6pm

Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Rd, Leicester, LE1 7HA

If you haven't been able to attend one of these sessions, please see the 'Applicant Preparation' film below, which is a recording of the session at NT on Monday 3 October.  
CONTACT: Gemma Baxter, Step Change Coordinator: 


Step Change: Applicant Preparation

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