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The award winning TakeOver Festival is one of the best industry work experience opportunities out there for young people and has been much emulated nationally.
TakeOver is an annual festival run entirely by young people, who are supported and mentored by industry professionals. TakeOver programme, produce and deliver a large scale theatre and arts festival at York Theatre Royal.
TakeOver Festival is governed by a Board of trustees aged between 12-26 with a diverse range of skills and experiences.
TakeOver is an annual theatre festival run entirely by under 26 year olds who plan, program and deliver a theatre festival at York Theatre Royal. TakeOver Festival is managed by a Board of voluntary Trustees who make all of the important decisions, organise and govern the festival on behalf of York Theatre Royal.
We are looking for committed young people aged 12-26 who have great ideas to join the Board of Trustees. Everyone is welcome! We would be particularly interested to hear from young people with an interest in any of the following: media arts, theatre and arts, press and marketing, graphic design, digital media, business management, finance and education and outreach.
You would need to be able to commit to attending regular fortnightly meetings on WEDNESDAYS 6 - 7.30pm at York Theatre Royal, throughout the duration of January - October 2019 from the ideas stage right through to the festival and evaluation.
TakeOver is a unique opportunity to get brilliant experience for your CV: from understanding the workings of the arts industry, to gaining leadership skills, to learning about creating theatre, organising events, marketing, business and developing self-confidence. By becoming a member of the Board you will play a key role in the management and organisation of this fantastic project.
All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a bit about yourself, why you are interested in joining the Board and what skills you could bring or would like to learn.
We exist to give young people the opportunity to gain valuable real life work experience and professional industry mentoring and support whilst having the freedom to programme and produce a large scale arts festival. We exist to inspire and cultivate the potential of young people in our community through the creative arts and withhold our reputation nationally as an innovator in the field.
Talent – To recognise the talent and potential of young people, emerging young professionals and companies
Arts – To create an innovative and diverse arts festival programme
Knowledge – To develop professional skills and knowledge with support from YTR and York Mediale whilst also sharing the knowledge and insight of young people with YTR and YM
Engage – To engage with as wide an audience as possible - old and new
Outreach – To widen participation within the arts and the YTR/YM community
Valuable – To deliver a valuable experience for all participants and mentors and ensure TakeOver is a valuable addition to the YTR and YM programme and contributes to the culture of organisation
Experience – To offer real professional industry experience and mentorship
Relationships – To develop relationships with the YTR and YM teams, the community and beyond
“Thank you so much for TakeOver, it has been an absolute inspiration to me. It has been such a fantastic opportunity to be part of. I have learned an unbelievable amount over the past year and have enjoyed every minute. I know TakeOver will go on to be bigger and more fabulous than ever before! I am so delighted to be going on to a paid theatre role, thank you for being so supportive.”
“I have been genuinely inspired by working on TakeOver. It has completely changed my outlook on what I want to do with my future as I have realised that I need to do something that contributes something positive. I really cannot tell you how much I have learned from TakeOver and how grateful I am.”
If you’re under 26 and fancy taking part, email Paula Clark at email@example.com. No previous experience is necessary, so whether you’re already a bit of a theatre/music buff or you’ve never touched the stuff, you’re very welcome to come and join the fun!
(See below some images from previous years' festivals...)