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Interested in applying?

Interested in applying?

What will I receive on the programme?

  • A professional team of supporters including a coordinator, coach and mentor to help you clarify and explore your career goals
  • A safe environment in which you are encouraged to try out new roles, approaches and perspectives
  • A work-based professional secondment and research opportunities
  • Professional masterclasses
  • A unique and diverse network of peers
  • A chance to design, direct and take ownership of your own learning path


Can I apply?

YES if you …

  • Have a strong desire to further develop a career in the performing arts and have already tried various options to broaden your experience
  • Are at early/mid-career level with a relevant transferable skillset
  • Are mature and self-aware with the ability to evaluate and take ownership of your own professional development
  • Have experience of working – preferably within the arts – for either a large organisation, a small one, independently, or all three (minimum three years, no maximum)
  • Are a performer, artist or director looking to gain a wider understanding of the producing and management side of the performing arts and can demonstrate why this opportunity is necessary to help progress your career
  • Are available for all of the compulsory dates (see below)

Not yet if you…

  • Are at the start of your career and have yet to explore other career development options
  • Are not ready to undertake detailed self-reflection and evaluation in order to take ownership of your own professional development
  • Are a performer, artist or director looking to develop your artistic talent. Step Change is principally focused on exploring the producing and management side of performing arts


What will I need to offer the programme?

  • Your time – ability to attend master classes, meetings, and undertake an extensive secondment
  • A strong personal enquiry that you would like to explore during Step Change that will have a positive impact on the arts sector
  • An ability to self-motivate and seek out mentors, secondments and other opportunities
  • A willingness to accept the support of the Step Change team and your fellow participants
  • A willingness to set healthy challenges for yourself  
  • A willingness to learn by doing, to be open, self-reflective and to provide regular written and oral evaluations 


Please note: if you currently work for an arts organisation (including partner organisations), you must discuss your desire to take part with your line manager before applying and ask them to complete the ‘Line Manager’s Endorsement’ in support of your application. If you are self-employed, you must ask a recent employer / collaborator / funder to provide a statement supporting your application.


What is the commitment?

The following sessions are compulsory for all participants to attend (dates for future cohorts tbc):

INDUCTION: 1.5 x days; National Theatre

RESIDENTIAL 1: 3 x days; Partner Organisation tbc

RESIDENTIAL 2: 3 x days; Partner Organisation tbc

RESIDENTIAL 3: 3 x days; Partner Organisation tbc

EVALUATION: 1.5 x days; National Theatre

In addition, all participants are expected to undertake mentoring in their own time and a 40-day secondment to another organisation.


To register your interest in applying for Step Change email [email protected]

For further information about the programme, please contact:

Gemma Baxter, Step Change Coordinator

[email protected]