Technical Theatre Placements at Imaginate Children’s Festival 2018

Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) and Federation and Scottish Theatre (FST) are delighted to be able to provide travel bursary funding for two technical theatre student work placements with the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2018.

These opportunities are funded by SDTN and FST’s joint project Future Proofing: Workplace Learning Programme.

This programme delivered by SDTN, promotes and supports matching students with suitable and valuable professional industry work placements as part of their formal studies, addressing barriers of cost and location, by providing a service to help students find work placements and a Travel Bursary Fund.

Who Can Apply?

Students who are enrolled on a technical theatre or a creative production course (HNC/SCQF Level 7 and above) in one of SDTN’s Network of Institutions can apply.

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival Student Work Placements

Placement Induction day: week beginning 21 May
Placement 1 dates: Friday 25th – Monday 28 May (opening weekend at National Museum of Scotland)
Placement 2 dates: Monday 28 May – Sunday 3 June (across all festival venues)

Placement specialisms: Lighting, Sound, AV and Stage Management

Placement 1 – Suited to someone with Stage Management skills

The opening weekend is a mini Festival in itself with up to 20 events taking place throughout the museum. Some of these will be roving around the museum and some are durational pieces. Some companies or individuals will participate for just one day, others will do both. Some of the set up will happen on the 25th, however most of it will have to take place before the building opens to the public so being available from 8am is preferable for this opportunity.

The opening weekend will be of interest to a student looking to improve their stage management skills. The applicant will be supporting the opening weekend Assistant Producer Sophia and opening weekend Stage Manager Kara. They will have to think on their feet and use initiative to support those taking part in the event.

This placement will allow the applicant to become familiar with the opening weekend programme and involved in the arrangements in the final run up to the weekend event. We would require this student to be available to help set up, support and run the live event. Weekend, morning and evening work will be required although an individual schedule will be arranged to suit this placement.

Imaginate contact/line manager
Imaginate Opening Weekend Producer, Sophia Crescenzi
Imaginate Venue Stage Manager, Kara Jackson.

Placement 2 – Suited to someone with Technical Skills (Lighting, Sound and AV)

For the Festival, Imaginate will be presenting a total of 13 mostly international performances across 10 venues, some dance and some drama.

The placement is for a technical student (lighting, sound and AV) to work alongside professionals; Imaginate and Edinburgh venue technical staff and the Imaginate Technical Manager, Andy Gannon. The applicant will be part of a unique festival environment, working on setting up, supporting and getting out a variety of shows, in a variety of venues for the duration of the Festival. They will be expected to ‘float’ and respond to technical requirements when asked. This is an exciting opportunity to get a ‘from the ground up’ experience of theatre and event processes, from a technical and organisational point of view.

Weekend, morning and evening work will be required although an individual schedule will be arranged to suit this placement.

Imaginate contact / line manager:
Andy Gannon, Festival Technical Manager

How to Apply

Please send an up to date CV and Cover Letter with your full contact details, along with a Personal Statement which should include what placement you would like to apply to and how you would benefit from a work placement with the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2018.

Please also complete the Travel Bursary Fund application and return with the above documents.

Send your application to by Monday 16 April 2018.


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