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Jobs with Blue Teapot Theatre

Blue Teapot is a bold, diverse, Irish theatre company striving to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities are not “othered”. Over the past twenty-five years, from their base in Galway City, they have worked to radically transform theatre practices by telling stories through the lens of disability - paving the way for inclusive practices to become the norm with the support of the key stakeholders in the arts, disability and education sectors.

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.

Community Theatre

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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The Role

The WorkAbility: Inclusive Pathways to Employment Programme is a new programme, co-funded by the EU Employment, Inclusion, Skills, and Training Programme (EIST) 2021-2027 and the Department of Social Protection (DSP). The Programme aims to support people with disabilities aged 16 and over who are currently not work ready and/or are distant from the labour market in gaining access to employment/self-employment.

Blue Teapot Theatre Company’s WorkAbility programme will explore employment opportunities and pathways for people with disability in the fields of Theatre and the Arts. It will build employment readiness and develop key work skills of project participants that will facilitate access to employment opportunities.

Blue Teapot Theatre Company’s WorkAbility Project Manager role will support Blue Teapot actors and students to improve their employment prospects within the arts and assist employers in the arts sector to build capacity to recruit, retain and progress people with intellectual disabilities within their workforce.


The Role

  • Ensure the WorkAbility project contributes to Blue Teapot’s Ensemble and Performing Arts School (PAS) programmes continues to maintain the highest of standards.
  •  Ensure that all work undertaken is in line with the WorkAbility Pobal funding guidelines and grant manual.
  •  Ensure that the WorkAbility programme is implemented in line with Blue Teapot policies and procedures.
  •  Create a comprehensive WorkAbility programme plan and schedule based on the WorkAbility grant application and reporting requirements.
  •  Ensure that WorkAbility Pobal funding finance and progress reporting is completed and filed in line with the grant manual and within the required schedule.
  •  Liaise with General Manager on legal, insurance and HR requirements for employment, self-employment and work placements.
  •  Deliver annual programme information events for all Blue Teapot actors, staff and families/carers to inform them about the programme and receive input and feedback.
  •  Identify and hire tutors and facilitators to undertake training as outlined in the project plan.
  •  Work with the WorkAbility Ensemble Coach to develop and maintain 13 individual progression plans for the actors.
  •  Map and schedule WorkAbility training activities (individual and as a group) to be delivered to 13 ensemble actors.
  •  Work with WorkAbility PAS Coach to develop and maintain 5 individual student progression plans per year for third year students.
  •  Identify 6 new arts organisations as potential project partners, ensuring that they understand the aims and objectives of the programme.
  •  Work with these potential partners to identify supports and guidance required for employment of people with intellectual disability (ID).
  •  Organise 6 disability training sessions and access audits at partner arts organisation for staff in order to ensure they are prepared to support students and actors with ID undertaking work.
  •  Identify 5 students each year to undertake work experience within a partner arts organisation.
  •  Work with Blue Teapot Artistic Director to identify 6 Theatre Production Companies who could potentially provide freelance work opportunities for actors.
  •  Work with these theatre production companies to identify supports required for employment opportunities for people with ID.
  • Consult with WorkAbility Coaches to ensure consistency and shared learning between programmes.
  •  Facilitate the collection of WorkAbility programme feedback and evaluation process to create programme evaluation report.
  •  Provide regular progress and budget reports to management team.
  •  All other duties agreed by Board and management team in the delivery for the Workability programme.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Previous project management experience
  • Previous experience of managing large publicly funded programmes.
  • Previous experience of working with adults with intellectual disabilities would be desirable but not essential.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of the arts sector an advantage.
  • Exc IT skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Efficient organisational and time management skills including the ability to prioritise, multi task and achieve deadlines.
  • Good verbal & written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English both written and oral


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Aileen FitzGerald

Aileen FitzGerald

Contact Aileen at or call 091-475100 to discuss further.

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