With some very exciting productions on the horizon, including The Croydon Avengers by Oladipo Agboluaje in Summer 2018, Maya Productions is looking to meet and develop relationships with Theatre Designers.

Maya Productions are particularly looking to work with creatives from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts. We want theatre to be more accessible and inclusive for everyone, which is one of the reasons we are looking to fill this position through an open call. We want to avoid a culture of access that’s just based on “who you know”, and make sure that we get the best person for the job, regardless of their background.

Deadline: 31 January

For more details on the role and how to apply please download the information pack below.

Information Pack for Designer Jan 2018

EO Monitoring Form Jan 2018

 

 

 

BAME role models and leaders are important for increasing workforce diversity. Seeing BAME artists in the spotlight builds ambition in young people and motivates individuals to step into a career in the arts. Listening to BAME leaders in positions of power inspires confidence in the ability of the industry to reflect the rich tapestry of our society. Including more BAME workers across the industry takes us closer to the creation of great art that can speak to a wide range of people.

Role models come in different types, BRIGHT LIGHTS, GUIDES, FORGERS and ENABLERS. In different ways they all can influence others and make a difference.

This guide shows how BAME role models can help challenge and change the status quo. It shows how role models can change perceptions of who should and shouldn’t work in performing arts. It shows how leaders and organisations can take practical steps to open the sector up to a more diverse workforce. And it shows how to seek out role models and learn from them.

This guide is designed to help more Bright Lights, Guides, Forgers and Enablers take the stage and make the performing arts a more inclusive place to work.

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Our very own Edna Mode (Our designer, Elle Rose) has been create some amazing costumes for ur Heroes!

 

Behind the Mask – Part 3: No Cape!

Our very own Edna Mode (Our designer, Elle Rose) has been create some amazing costumes for ur Heroes!  

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Behind the Mask – Part 2: The Transformation has begun!

In pictures: day 1 of rehearsals

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Behind the Mask – Part 1: Oladipo Agboluaje on the ideas behind The Croydon Avengers

“Needing help is different from being helpless.” … The idea behind The Croydon Avengers was to create a piece of work that put young refugees in a position of power and responsibility. The perception of refugees is that they are helpless and need things to be done for them. Needing help is different from being helpless. This was reinforced when […]

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Maya Productions are looking for someone to lead our board of trustees and help us make diverse theatre that creates change; socially, politically and culturally. Our vision is of a world where people of all ages, abilities, culture and classes have the opportunity to experience theatre and we are looking for someone to champion this ethos.

The Chair will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity and provide inclusive leadership to the Maya Productions Board of Trustees. They will work with the Artistic Director Suzanne Gorman to support the strategic development of Maya Productions at a very exciting time of company growth.

A successful candidate will have experience of working in one or more of the following: the creative industries; heritage; fundraising; business; governance; education; and strategic management sectors.

For more information and a full job description please see our application pack:

Maya Productions Chair Application Pack

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form can be downloaded below.

Maya Productions Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 17 November 2017

“Needing help is different from being helpless.”

The idea behind The Croydon Avengers was to create a piece of work that put young refugees in a position of power and responsibility. The perception of refugees is that they are helpless and need things to be done for them. Needing help is different from being helpless. This was reinforced when the Maya team ran a ten-week workshop in Croydon with young refugees (hence the name, Croydon Avengers). The group we worked with were brash, bashful, opinionated and sarky – they acted their age. The only difference between them and any other youth was that fate had dealt them a harsh hand which meant them leaving their countries and their loved ones behind. Their stories fit the typical superhero origin story of adversity, of the kind specific to the X-Men and Superman (and to some extent Batman). The X-Men are humans with mutated genes that give them special powers. Superman lost a whole planet and has to hide his alien origin.
This concept of the superhero is what we are developing to the next stage to see how far we can take it. In the next instalment, I shall write about the writing process, about the ideas that were developed and thrown away until we arrived at the present working draft.

Maya Productions are looking for a Project Administrator/Schools Co-ordinator for an exciting Research and Development Phase of  The Croydon Avengers. Inspired by our Superheroes: South of the River Project this new play, for audiences aged 11 – 14, by award winning writer Oladipo Agboluaje, challenges the narrative around refugees by placing three young refugees in the role of saviours of a doomed England.

For more details on the role and how to apply please download the information pack.

Information Pack for TCA Project Administrator – Engagement Co-ordinator Role

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form can be downloaded below.

Maya Productions Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 8 September 2017

 

SUPERHEROES: SOUTH OF THE RIVER 2017

Following the success of our previous Superheroes Projects we are partnering with Croydon Disability Youth Project for a new 2017 summer project.

We are looking for a visual artist to join our team for a week-long participatory project. Combining martial arts, comic book storytelling, and theatre, the project will involve a group of young disabled people and focus on the creation of a new team of diverse Superheroes to be shared in performance and through a comic book.

For more details on the role and how to apply please download the information pack

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Equal Opportunities Form can be downloaded here

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form for Summer 2017 Project

Deadline for applications is 12pm Monday 26 June 2017.

We had a really great focus group in London exploring diversity in theatre and role models, and now we are looking for young adults in Leicester to take part.

Where am I? BAME role models and leaders in the performing arts explores workforce diversity in theatre. People of black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds are under-represented in the cultural industries workforce. How would theatre change if what takes place on and off our stages reflects our society? How important are role models? Do we need to see ourselves reflected in our role models?

I am looking for young adults, from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, aged 18 – 22 who have an interest in theatre and the performing arts to be involved in a focus group for a research project that I am leading. The focus group will take place on Monday 5th December from 4.30 – 6pm at Curve Theatre, Leicester.

I myself am Asian Theatre Director ( I used to run the Asian Youth Theatre at Leicester Haymarket).  I lead Maya Productions, a company making diverse theatre to create change, socially, politically and culturally. Maya want to change what take place on our stages. We get excited by stories that don’t often get told and by finding new ways of telling them. We want a wide range of people represented in the arts. We create plays, support artists and run participation projects.  You can find out more about us at www.mayaproductions.co.uk

Where Am I? is academic research but it really connects with the work that we do at Maya to encourage role models in theatre that come from diverse backgrounds. I really want to get the views, thoughts and opinions of  young adults in Leicester – on what theatre means to them now – and for the future! This is an opportunity to informally and anonymously discuss and contribute to changes in theatre.

Participation is voluntary. If you are interested in attending the group then please email me at suzanne@mayaproductions.co.uk