Learning & Development Opportunities
Vanishing Point provides a range of learning and development opportunities for others working, or aspiring to work, in theatre – our focus is currently on providing opportunities for students and early-career directors & producers.
In 2019, Vanishing Point launched New Directions, an initiative that provides training, employment and networking opportunities for early-career directors based in Scotland.
Each year, we provide one early-career director with the opportunity to be our Associate Director. This means being Assistant Director for our main-stage show before going on to direct a small-scale - Unplugged - show which will be performed at venues of varying scales, across Scotland.
This opportunity aims to support the development of a promising director - enabling them to learn from a professional rehearsal room before putting that learning into practice by directing their own show. As well as the hands-on directing experience, the Associate Director will benefit from a mentoring relationship with the Vanishing Point core staff – tapping into their knowledge, experience and networks and gaining insight into the operations of an independent theatre company.
This is a paid opportunity - Associate Directors are paid no less than the current ITC/Equity agreed rates. Associate Directors are selected through an application and interview process. Details of our next opportunity will be announced on our website, via social media channels and on Creative Scotland’s Opportunities page.
Previous Associate Directors:
The Metamorphosis / The Metamorphosis: Unplugged – Joanna Bowman
The Dark Carnival / The Dark Carnival: Unplugged – Nikki Kalkman
Prior to the launch of New Directions in 2019, we offered one Assistant Director post each year.
Previous Assistant Directors:
Bluebeard's Castle & The 8th Door - Jim Manganello (Scottish Opera Emerging Artist)
The Destroyed Room - Sarah Short
Tomorrow - Becky Hope Palmer (FST Assistant Director Bursary Placement)
Wonderland - Rebecca Morris
Interiors - Rosie Kellagher
Each year we offer one Supported Artist opportunity that coincides with the creation of our main production. The Supported Artist is selected from the Associate Director Application process – it will be someone who shows promise and who we think could benefit from observing our creation process without any requirement to produce anything. This is a paid position and designed by the individual - for example, we agree a fee and the amount of days that this corresponds to, and the individual can then choose which parts of the rehearsal process they attend to suit their own needs. We aim to offer an insight into all the various aspects of the company, including the work created in the rehearsal room and in the office. Our next Supported Artist position will be available in 2021/22.
Previous Supported Artists:
Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir (The Metamorphosis)
Adam Gordon (The Dark Carnival)
Ana Norrie (Bluebeard’s Castle)
At Vanishing Point, we make our own work and produce the work of other artists.
If you are an artist with an idea for a show and need someone to produce it for you please get in touch with us - we may be able to help, either by producing it for you or supporting you to produce it yourself. Please visit our Produced by Us page if you would like us to produce your work.
Alternatively, if you are a producer or an artist who needs some help or guidance, we can provide producing and/or organisational development support – the support we can offer depends on your needs but, for example, could include helping you to develop a business plan, assist with funding applications or make suggestions for creative partnerships. Please send some information about what support you need to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists and organisations we are currently supporting include:
Shotput is a dance-theatre company led by Lucy Ireland, Jim Manganello and Helen McIntosh.
Shotput creates dance-theatre that investigates human relationships. We are fascinated by the darker corners of contemporary experience. Our productions are physically and visually rigourous, rooted in experimentation and collaboration. We define our work not as a collection of shows, but as a network of relationships with artists and audiences. Founded in Glasgow in 2018, Shotput is embedded in Scotland and committed to internationalism.
Shotput approached Vanishing Point for some organisational development support to help lay the foundations for the company. This included reviewing the company structure and discussing and exploring artistic and business management, vision and goals. This is on-going support and forms part of Shotput's mission, to be a dynamic company with long-term goals.
Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir / Brite Theater
Brite Theater is an independent theatre group founded by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir in 2006 - the group is especially interested in audience and site specific work, using participation, direct address, shared lighting, promenade and unconventional theatre spaces.
Brite Theatre approached Vanishing Point with the idea for Deliverance in Spring 2020. Vanishing Point produced this work in Edinburgh & Glasgow November 2020, and due to its success, we are currently planning a revival in 2021/22.
Emma Ruse / Framework Theatre
Emma was selected to take part in an Industry-Based Learning Programme that we are delivering in partnership with the Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN). Through a series of one-to-one sessions, Emma will gain an insight into producing a Vanishing Point show.
At the same time, we are supporting Emma’s company, Framework Theatre. As Associate Producer for one of their upcoming projects, we will provide some funding and offer support and guidance to Emma, enabling her to gain confidence in her ability to produce work herself.
Everyone is Creative
Vanishing Point recently launched Everyone Is Creative, offering 10 FREELANCE INDIVIDUALS who work in the performing arts and are based in Scotland a fee of £1500 to imagine, research and develop an idea they have. Click here to read about the successful applicants.
In 2019, Vanishing Point began working in partnership with the Scottish Drama Training Network to offer placement opportunities and learning events for production students attending education institutions within the SDTN network. The placements and learning events usually coincide with our main production and cover a range of subjects including costume design, lighting design, stage design and production management.
Industry-Based Learning: Producer (2021)
This is an opportunity for a student or recent graduate to gain an insight into the process of producing a Vanishing Point show through a bespoke learning programme. The learning programme involves a series of one-to-one meetings with Vanishing Point’s Administrative Producer; meetings with production staff and members of the creative team and some practical experience. This opportunity will provide an emerging producer with an opportunity to gain insight into the operations of prominent, international theatre company and to begin building their own network of professional contacts.
Previous Opportunities & Events
The Metamorphosis (2020)
We offered four short-term student placements in Lighting Design, Stage Design, Stage Management and Production Management. Each student on placement had the opportunity to observe rehearsals, production meetings and shadow their professional counterpart. Supported by the Hugh Fraser Foundation.
Additionally, we supported a Costume Assistant Placement (Becky Hollis) for the duration of the rehearsal and production period.
The Dark Carnival (2019)
We offered placements to three people aged 18-25 interested in developing a career in theatre - they had the opportunity to observe rehearsals, take part in Q&A's with members of the production team and attend the premiere of The Dark Carnival. Supported by the Hugh Fraser Foundation.
We supported a Costume Assistant Placement (Rebekah Chapman) in conjunction with the FST Future Proofing Bursary.
We delivered three backstage learning events whereby 30 students had the opportunity to see a performance of The Dark Carnival, followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team and a tour of the set.
International Development & Learning
Emilia Romagna Teatro Collaboration
In 2019, Vanishing Point collaborated with Emilia Romagna Teatro (ERT) to provide international experiences, opportunities and connections for students from Scuola di Teatro Iolanda Gazzerro. Vanishing Point hosted two students for 12 weeks. During this time the students observed the rehearsal process, gained insight into the administrative work of the Company and took part in a programme of activities curated by Vanishing Point - including workshops and events with members of our network of Scottish arts organisations, including Scottish Opera, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Company of Wolves. Vanishing Point is one of 21 international organisations supporting this initiative.
Do you have an idea or a project that you need some help with? If you are looking for advice or guidance about making or producing theatre, our experienced core team can help. To book an informal session, please contact: email@example.com
Are you a teacher (or a student) of a theatre or performance related course? We can deliver a workshop for your class about Vanishing Point and the way we make work. We offer free workshops to schools, colleges and universities across Scotland who book tickets to see our work. To book a workshop, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Workshop Auditions In September 2021 we are holding open workshop auditions for professional actors - please see here for more information and details about how to apply.
If you are performer and would like to work with us please see our Casting Information. We receive many invitations so unfortunately we can’t R.S.V.P to every one, and we cannot accept unsolicited C.V.'s
If you are a Production Manager, Stage Manager or Technician and would like to work with us, please send your C.V. and covering letter to email@example.com and we will contact you should any suitable opportunities arise.