Freelance Director-Facilitator

Commitment: 55 hours (of which 10 hours prep, 25 hours workshop delivery, 20 hours rehearsal and performance time)

Fee: £1000

Location: Arcola Theatre London, E83DL

Closing date: 26th July 2019

We are looking for a freelance Director-Facilitator to join our team from September to December 2019. This is a paid position for an experienced theatre-maker to facilitate a 10-week devising process with a group of 10 to 15 women from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds, culminating in a performance in the Arcola Theatre’s main space. All participants will be over the age of 18, have at least Level 1 spoken English or equivalent, and be interested in creating and performing in a show. All participants will commit to 10 workshops and a final performance.

The role


  • Facilitate weekly 2 hour workshops for 10 to 15 women from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds

  • Guide the devising process, creating a safe, joyful and creative environment

  • Ensure that Routes aims are continually met and upheld:

    • Creating a joyful, inclusive and patient environment

    • Fostering personal growth and confidence-building

    • Encouraging new social connections and improved wellbeing

  • Ensure that workshop plan and delivery is appropriate for participants with varying levels of spoken English

  • Work with the writer to develop a script that reflects the devising process

  • Liaise with Routes team about rehearsal time and performance requirements

  • Lead intensive rehearsal days, approaching the final performance

  • Ensure that the final performance is of a high quality

Volunteer management

  • Work with and support volunteers, ensuring that they understand their role and are useful in the room

  • Brief volunteers before each workshop  


  • Abide by and uphold Routes’ safeguarding policy at all times

  • Create a space of equality and mutual respect

  • Check in weekly with Routes team

  • Report any safeguarding concerns to the Routes team immediately

Our requirements

  • Full commitment to the project and aims of Routes

  • Proficient English level (spoken and written)

  • Previous experience in both Director and Facilitator roles required

  • Previous experience working with non-experienced theatre makers required

  • Previous experience working with EAL (English as an Additional Language) preferred

  • We particularly welcome applications from women of colour and/or women with experience of migration

Our values

Routes exists to support women with experience of the asylum system in the UK to grow in confidence, build new social connections, boost English language skills and improve wellbeing in supportive, joyful and creative environments.

We believe that theatre creates spaces in which people can relax, make mistakes, build bonds and, of course, tell stories.

Compassion, connection and celebration are at the heart of the work we make and the way we make it.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and CV to Daisy ( with the subject line ‘Routes Application: Director-Facilitator’. We will contact you within a week of receiving your application with relevant next steps.

Applications close on 26th July 2019. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of your applications by 9th August.