Callout to Creative Humans!

Sep 8, 2023

Graffiti Theatre, in association with Youth Theatre Ireland, is excited to announce our Graffiti:Way Facilitator Mentorship Programme.

This is an open call to creative humans, theatre artists, directors and facilitators who have a passion for working with children and young people and are keen to upskill. Graffiti is inviting applications to participate in a facilitator training and mentorship programme. 

The programme will take place from November 2023 to May 2024 at Graffiti Theatre Company in Cork City. The workshops will be facilitated by Youth Theatre Ireland and members of Graffiti’s core team. 

Participants will be given a stipend of €125 to attend each session. 

On completion of the workshop series, there will be an opportunity for two participants to continue on a paid internship at Graffiti. Working alongside experienced Graffiti facilitators on our Creative Learning team via our Youth Theatre and on our Schools Programme, we hope to expand our pool of freelance facilitators longer term. 

Graffiti seeks to promote workforce diversity. We wish to reflect contemporary society and we acknowledge the need for a wider range of social perspectives and experiences on our team. 

We strongly believe that diversity contributes to our artistic innovation and creativity, richer artistic experiences for our artists and audiences, and to the social purpose of our work. 

We aim to support long term change in our organisation and the ecology of the wider sector by sharing our knowledge and providing expert support to all who take part in the programme. 

In recognition of the current underrepresentation on our team, we actively encourage applications from underrepresented communities.

Image from ‘The Legend of Skønhed’ written and performed by Activate Senior Youth Theatre, April 2023 (Image by Celeste Burdon)

Interested to know more about us and the programme?

Join us on Friday 22nd of September at 10.30am for an hour long Open Workshop and Information Session in our studio at Graffiti Theatre, Blackpool. We will be on hand to meet and chat with you about what the programme is all about and answer any questions you may have. Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided. 

What’s involved in the programme?

The programme consists of 8 Workshops that will take place once every month from November 2023 to May 2024. Participants will take part in an specially designed programme covering the art of Youth Theatre facilitation, creating a facilitators toolkit and designing and leading your own workshops. 

When will the programme take place?

Successful applicants will be required to attend all workshops and to dedicate time to reflecting between the monthly workshops. Workshops will start at 11am and finish at 4pm (with an hour’s lunch break). 

Session 1: Fri 3rd November 

Session 2: Fri 10th November (Youth Theatre Ireland Symposium)

Session 3: Fri 8th December 

Session 4: Fri 19th January 

Session 5: Fri 16th February 

Session 6: Fri 15th March 

Session 7: Fri 19th April 

Session 8: Fri 17th May 

How do I apply?

Deadline for Applications: 12th October @ 5pm

To apply you must:

  • Have experience of drama facilitation and/or a theatre practice
  • Be interested in Youth Theatre facilitation
  • Be based in Cork (or near)
  • Available to attend ALL workshops on the dates above
  • Able to dedicate time to reflect between monthly meetings
Complete THIS FORM before 5pm on Thursday 12th October.

Successful applicants will be notified on Friday the 20th of October. 

If you have any questions, contact, or give the office a call on 021 4397111 and ask for Julie or Niall. 

‘Play the Graffiti Way!’ 

Funded by Arts Council of Ireland Capacity Building Grant. 

Graffiti Theatre in Blackpool, Cork city (Image by Marcin Lewandowski/SoundOfPhotography).

About Graffiti Theatre

Graffiti creates theatre and arts experiences for children and young people, nurturing curiosity and imagination to enrich lives and imagine a better world. Established in 1984 in Cork, Graffiti offers a range of arts engagement opportunities in both English and Irish, through drama skills workshops, creative writing sessions, in-classroom creative learning, playwright mentoring, Early Years encounters, Activate Youth Theatre, and theatre productions aimed at children and young people, as well as the young at heart.

About Youth Theatre Ireland

Established in 1980, Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. YTI has a commitment to youth-centred drama practice and knows that youth theatre is a place to develop young artists and young citizens. They promote youth drama opportunities that focus on the artistic, personal, and social development of young people.