Learn About Blue Teapot
Blue Teapot Theatre Company was established as a company limited by guarantee in 2009. They work with artists, students and participants to deliver 3 distinct programme strands:
Blue Teapot Theatre Company (BTTC) has a core group of ten professional actors with an intellectual disability (ID), who rehearse regularly for performance and receive inspiration from the practices of a diverse range of contemporary artists from Ireland and around the world. We have a strongly held ethos that people with intellectual disabilities, with the right support, can make art on par with other mainstream artists. We are committed to ensuring that the contribution our artists make to Ireland’s cultural life is recognised, valued and understood. Most recently, the company co-produced with Ireland’s national theatre, The Abbey.
QQI Accredited Performing Arts School
Blue Teapot Theatre Company is an accredited training provider for people aged 18 and over with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 2010, it was specifically set up to address the needs of those learners who want to gain performing arts training and certification in QQI creative modules.
We have two community theatre programmes catering to adults (Bright Soul) or youth (Sparkle) who are curious about performance and the opportunity to participate in fun and fearless creative workshops. Spring & autumn terms of 8-10 weeks each, both programmes can be a pathway into the more structured training environment of the Performing Arts School.
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Over twenty-five years Blue Teapot has pioneered and led in producing high-quality, award-winning extraordinary theatre made with actors with intellectual disabilities (ID).
With successes as well as the challenges of the recent pandemic, now is the time to step up to new possibilities and exciting opportunities based on insights gained through our recent strategic plan process and the achievement of securing our own premises in the heart of Galway City.
We’re passionate about supporting the changing needs and ambitions of ID artists and audiences over the next five years and into the future. To do this sustainably will require having the right resources in place and someone on the team to lead in this area of business development. Building on our work to date, Blue Teapot wants to cultivate innovative partnerships that are the right fit for us and generate increased income to realise bold artistic ideas, support artists and enhance ID creative production on all levels.
We are currently a team of seven working part-time (four day week): Artistic Director/Director of Services, Producer, General Manager, Performing Arts School Manager (PAS), PAS Co-ordinator, Acting Ensemble Coordinator and a PAS Programme Support Worker. We also contract several freelance programme facilitators and theatre production creative and technical contractors who join the team when in the production phases.
Blue Teapot Board
Comprising six current trustees our Board works with a committed group of experts and artists who are ready to build on what Blue Teapot has already achieved. We’re delighted to now welcome an experienced Executive Director to Team Teapot.
Ideal Candidate Profile
Our ideal candidate is confident, open to exploring and learning, a great communicator, full of smart ideas and up for the challenge of helping a small/medium ambitious team take Blue Teapot Theatre Company to the next level. You’ll have strong, up-to-date experience of income generation and firsthand experience of fundraising across public and private sources, with a proven ability to proactively develop exciting new business partnerships. Specific experience in the arts is desired but excellent business ideas, a global perspective, a good business network and enthusiasm for Blue Teapot’s inclusive arts and disability ethos is just as important. Experience of third sector funding is ideal but great strategic development and implementation, project management and wider funding experience and an ability to learn fast may outweigh that for the right candidate.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Artistic Director/Director of Services leading on the implementation of strategic priorities, goals and objectives in Owning The Space our Strategic Arts Plan (2023-2027), develop future organisational strategy, business strategy, finance and organisational matters. You will also be a key strategic advisor to the Artistic Director/Director of Services, the Board and the Team.
Responsible to: Artistic Director /Director of Services and Board
Line manager to: General Manager, Producer, Performing Arts School Manager and Ensemble Coordinator.
€52,000 Per Annum
30 hours (4 days) per week, excluding a daily 0.5-hour lunch break. Flexible working options. Hours will vary during busy periods, with occasional weekend and evening work. Holidays: 20 days + agreed statutory holidays.
Based at Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Avenue in Galway City’s West End. (Wheelchair accessible)
Hybrid office/home working is possible pending agreement and team requirements.
A fully remote working option is not available for this post.
Three-year contract pending probation period of 6 months, with a 3-month review.
Pension (NEST) after the completed probation period, with employer contributions.
If you wish to be considered for a position, submit your details below and our team will get in touch. Alternatively, call us on 091 475100 to speak with a recruiter.