Call out for new Associate Artists 20/05/2021

Supported by Genesis Foundation’s Kickstart Fund, Box of Tricks is on the look out for three new Associate Artists – a Lighting Designer, a Sound Designer and a Movement Director – to join our creative team on a year-long attachment as we explore how we champion offstage talent in the North.

Piloting a new model of working with freelance creatives, the three new Associate Artists will join Box of Tricks alongside associates Katie Scott (Designer) and Alice Longson (Production Manager) on a paid year-long attachment.

During this time, each associate will be embedded within the company and given agency to establish their own creative journey and support the company’s professional development programme. They will have opportunity to develop specific aspects of their own creative practice as well as explore the needs of the wider creative community of offstage artists across the North.

During a year-long associateship, each Associate will:

~ Develop specific areas of their own creative practice in consultation and with support from Box of Tricks;
~ Be invited into the creative process of developing new plays at an early stage – watching sharings and reading drafts;
~ Lead conversations and consultations – either online or in person – with a range of early- and mid-career freelance creatives in the North;
~ Deliver a ToolBox workshop for early-career offstage artists focusing on their specialism and experience;
~ Report back to Box of Tricks about their findings and recommendations for creating a long-term talent development programme for early-career New Creatives.

Designed to work alongside other creative commitments, each Associate will be paid a fee of £2000 for the year-long attachment (envisaged as around 15-20 days’ work across the year).

A Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation.

How to apply

Box of Tricks is accepting expressions of interest from offstage artists based in the North, with a minimum of 3-5 years’ professional experience, in the following roles:

~ Lighting Designer
~ Sound Designer
~ Movement Director

To apply, please email with a short statement (less than 300 words) or video/audio statement (up to 2 mins) about your current artistic practice and why you’d like to join this programme, along with a current CV (formal or informal) by Friday 4th June 2021 at 5pm.

If you would like to submit an expression of interest in an alternative format, please email

Positive Action Policy

Box of Tricks operates a Positive Action policy to support our commitment to delivering positive change within our industry. We particularly welcome applications from D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent creatives, LGBTQ+ creatives, creatives of colour, first generation migrant creatives and creatives from a low socioeconomic background. All applicants from an underrepresented background or community will be automatically shortlisted for the programme. If this applies to you, please state in your email: “I would like to be considered under Box of Tricks’ Positive Action policy”.

Box of Tricks

Box of Tricks makes plays. We champion playwrights and empower them to tell the stories they want to tell. Together, we go on a journey to uncover new plays that reflect the world in which we live today. We create heartfelt theatre that resonates, inspires and entertains.

New plays are the lifeblood of theatre and playwrights its beating heart. Box of Tricks nurtures the next generation through our year-long PlayBox attachments for early-career playwrights. We commission, develop and produce bold new theatre from the most exciting voices through our New Tricks commissioning programme.

Box of Tricks brings people together to share stories collectively. Based in Manchester, we engage audiences far and wide. We stage productions in theatres right across the UK and in public spaces – pubs, libraries, village halls – in the heart of local communities.

Our engagement programme goes beyond productions. We provide pathways into the arts, connect with communities, inspire younger generations and develop future talent.

We are the play makers. Every story told. Every voice heard.

Genesis Kickstart Fund

The Genesis Foundation’s main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional.

The Genesis Foundation has announced 41 grants for arts projects run by creative freelancers throughout the UK. The grants have been allocated from the £1m Genesis Kickstart Fund, rolled out on the Foundation’s 20th anniversary with the aim of enabling outstanding freelance talent to produce future-facing arts projects.