Minority Rights Group International and Swedish Postcode Lottery are inviting artists from a variety of disciplines to gain experience working alongside group breaking street theatre projects in the Middle East and North Africa region. Projects will involve participatory theatre on themes relating to racism and discrimination experienced by ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities. Mentors will each spend at least 3 weeks traveling to accompany their project. Travel and per diem costs will be covered. This is an unpaid position.
To support our local grantees in Middle East and North Africa to deliver a Street Theatre project for a minimum period of 10 months. This support could include things such as:
- Sharing or bringing new methodologies to contribute to the street theatre. This could be: social media skills, design skills, sound skills, etc.
- Advising and monitoring in the recruitment of director and actors.
- Sharing practice based techniques to support the development and rehearsal process.
- Contributing to ideas about how and where to perform.
- Introduce and support forum, or other relevant participatory theatre techniques.
- Contributing to problem solving on performance related logistical challenges.
- Give practical advice on how to encourage participation from audience.
- Helping to monitor audience responses.
- Strengthening artistic activities management.
- Encouraging reflection and learning on all aspects of the process by grantee team members.
The ideal candidate would have:
- Between 2 and 5 years of proven artistic skills and experience.
- Be based in Sweden.
- Proven interest and track record of work with communities from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) over the last 5 years.
- Some experience in working with marginalised communities.
- Availability to travel to Jordan in mid-February to meet with grantees during training (all costs are covered by MRG).
- Availability to travel to one country in the MENA region for 2 or 3 weeks to mentor on their field of expertise staff from the mentored organisation (all costs are covered by MRG).
- Good communication skills.
- Accessibility to keep in constant contact with staff from the organisation mentored using different methods (Skype, Facebook, Twitter,…).
- Strong arts management background.
- Some proven experience in mentoring and guiding, maximising mentored people’s performance.
- Availability to accompany mentored organisations to perform at the International Gatuteaterfestivalen Street Theatre Festival in August 2015 in Halmstad (Sweden).
Would suit or benefit PhD/Masters students:
- Looking for first-hand experience of the challenges that cultural projects face in the MENA region.
- Researching on participatory theatre in the MENA region.
- Wanting in-country experience of community development theatre in the MENA region.
- Who have existing knowledge of or an interest in the region and who speak Arabic and other relevant languages.
This mentorship should start in February 2014 attending a training event in Jordan.
It runs up to 10 months.
The mentor will be expected to give verbal update at least monthly. A full draft mentorship report should be submitted to MRG no later than 15 days after the end of the mentorship. MRG will submit comments in response and a final report that takes into account the comments should be submitted no later than 15 days after submission of the comments.
This is an unpaid mentorship post. However, MRG will pay all expenses (accommodation, transport and per diems) for those trips required.
If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9.00am (Greenwich Mean Time) on 19th January 2015.
- Brief CV.
- Cover Letter – indicating relevant experience and knowledge and how you meet the candidate requirements.
- Suggested methodology and schedule.
MRG will endeavour to interview those shortlisted candidates on Skype on 20th and 21st January 2015. Face to face interviews will take place between 22nd and 23rd January 2015.