Backstage to the Future: Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio

About

In partnership with key Brazilian partners and to contribute to the biggest sporting event on the planet, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, Cultural Skills and British Council Brazil are inviting proposals from UK-based theatre, dance, and performing arts professionals/ organisations to develop and deliver a remote mentoring programme and two ten-day courses in technical theatre skills. The courses will be taught in Rio de Janeiro in August and September 2016 as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Transform Program.

Backstage to the Future will provide young Brazilian adults from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to learn and apply new technical theatre skills, and gain access to employment opportunities as future technicians, stage managers and marketing professionals. 

The programme will comprise a series of online mentoring sessions in June and July 2016, followed by two ten-day courses in Rio de Janeiro in August and September 2016.

We are looking for four UK-based individuals to lead or deliver this course – read on for further details and apply below.

Programme

Participants will receive practical tuition focussed on supporting one of the live performances in the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics artistic programme

Courses will cover lighting design, sound design, stage management, audience development, digital marketing and disability access

Courses

Dates Activity
10 - 20 August 2016 Group 1: Training
18 - 21 August 2016 Group 1: Showcasing
30 August - 11 September 2016 Group 2: Training
2 - 4 and 9 - 11 September 2016 Group 2: Showcasing

Application Criteria

Course leader:

  • technical knowledge of developing youth training programmes
  • minimum of seven years’ experience working on youth training programmes in theatre production
  • available to travel to Rio de Janeiro in June, August and September 2016 
  • able to coordinate a UK working group with other trainers to finesse the programme
  • able to collaborate with a Brazilian course leader
  • in possession of a valid passport until March 2017
  • able to meet the criteria for trainers (below)

Trainers:

  • minimum of seven years’ experience working with youth training in production in theatre technical production
  • speciality in at least two of the following subjects:

• lighting design

• sound design

• stage management 

• audience development

• digital marketing

• disability access

  • able to use Skype, YouTube and/or webinars for delivering remote learning
  • availability to offer online mentorship to course participants throughout June, July and August 2016
  • available to travel to Rio de Janeiro in either August or September 2016
  • able to work in a team with other professional trainers
  • able to work across a range of art forms (theatre, dance, performance, disability arts)
  • in possession of a valid passport until March 2017

Apply

The deadline (Wednesday 18 May 2016) for applications has passed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 27 May 2016.

If you have any questions please email  culturalskillsunit@britishcouncil.org.