Seeking new Trustees

Can you help Attic Theatre Company develop its participatory and youth arts programme and marketing reach?

We are looking for new Trustees particularly with experience in Participatory Arts or Youth Arts and/or marketing and PR expertise to join our board and play a full part in developing and overseeing the strategy of this exciting and innovative arts organisation based in South London. We are looking for a Trustee to give us the benefit of their specialist knowledge and expertise in one of more of these fields, be they an artist, producer or facilitator, marketing executive, manager or assistant.  

Attic is an arts organisation which produces shows, workshops and creative events. Our mission is to make excellent live events and cultural experiences accessible to all in both our local community and across the UK.

We have four strands of work:

Many Stages: Theatre Productions and new writing. New, internally produced theatre productions which tour to community centres, parks and libraries as well as theatres and arts centres; and new collaborative productions, mentoring and/or producing associated artists’ work

Many Voices: Creative workshops aimed at young refugees and asylum seekers and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to support their integration and acclimatisation into the UK

Many Minds: Creative workshops aimed at young people facing adverse environments and experiences and with low emotional resilience including N/neurodivergent and Special Educational Needs and D/disabled (SEND) young teenagers to boost life skills and aspirations

Many Moons: Creative workshops for older people including dance and singing workshops which focus on boosting wellbeing, mental and physical health and combating isolation.

Our recent shows include All Roads by award winning playwright Roy Williams OBE, Unlocking Canons House, a heritage project celebrating the history of this Grade II listed building as part of its National Lottery Heritage Funded regeneration, Piece of Work and Learning to Fly by James Rowland touring throughout the UK with sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 and 2023 and pre- pandemic The Last Noël by Chris Bush (in co-production with Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford) and The Rebellious Women of Wimbledon by Beth Flintoff (London library and schools tour). 

As we move forward, we are increasingly interested in creating more site specific, co-authored, participatory work developing our urban and rural touring model and to promote this as widely as possible. We are keen to work with Trustees who have experience in this area. 

We are fortunate to receive core funding from London Borough of Merton and project funding from the Arts Council and other trusts and foundations as well as a local corporate sponsor. We are a small company with a permanent team of 3, and a variety of freelancers employed on a regular basis.

Our board meetings happen quarterly, normally in South London, though in recent times these have been taking place remotely. There are sometimes extra meeting outside of these times for specific committees and working groups. If in person attendance is not always possible we are open to the possibility of joining remotely. 

We are committed to improving representation at all levels of our organisation. As such, we actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different skills and life experiences to join us. All applications will be assessed on merit. Any candidate who self-identifies as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, as a person of colour, and/or as genderqueer, and who meets the person specification, is guaranteed an interview, as these areas are under-represented among our current trustees.

Attic are fully committed to inclusion, therefore if there are some elements of being a Trustee that you’re not sure you meet, or if you need an informal chat about what being a Trustee involves, get in touch to have a conversation. We’re interested in the whole person and are more than happy to give extra support to new Trustees if required. There will also be an opportunity to observe an Attic board meeting as part of the process, and a buddy system available post recruitment. 

Trustee positions are voluntary but reasonable out of pocket expenses can be claimed. 

To apply for the role we ask you to send: 

1. A short letter outlining your interest in becoming a trustee and what you would hope to bring to the company. This should be no more than one side of A4. 

2. Your CV, or a link to an online biography/resume. 

3. A completed copy of the equal opportunities monitoring form

If you’d rather apply in a different way, for example by sending an audio or video application, you are free to do so. Please make sure that it’s good enough quality for us to listen/see and that it’s no longer than 10 minutes. 

To apply, or for an informal conversation, please e-mail our Executive Director, Victoria Hibbs, at [email protected] 

We will hold informal interviews with shortlisted applicants.