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Below is a job description for a job with a famous theatre located in the South of England.

When you apply for a job, you should always read the full job description, as it will give you details on what the employer is looking for and what your responsibilities will be.

Read through the following job description and then check your understanding by answering the true or false questions below.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Senior Youth Theatre Leader - Job Vacancy


Chichester Festival Theatre produces theatre of the highest quality and strives for excellence throughout the Festival and Autumn seasons.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT) is one of the most celebrated youth theatres in the country. Now in its 26th Year with a membership approaching 550, CFYT currently runs 20 youth theatre sessions per week.

CFYT is an intrinsic part of Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) and as such is a permanent youth company committed to producing theatre to the same standards of the Festival. CFYT puts on shows each year drawn entirely from its membership, ranging from promenade performances in the Festival to the Annual Festival Theatre Christmas Show.

A team of 9 sessional Youth Theatre Leaders run regular sessions, and work closely with the Youth Theatre Director to ensure its success. CFYT plan to expand membership to reach 650 participants over the next two years, and to create a further satellite group.

The Senior Youth Theatre Leader is an employee of Chichester Festival Theatre and is responsible to the Youth Theatre Director.


Full Time (including some evenings and weekends)

Circa £18,000 (1 Year Fixed Contract)

Responsible to: Youth Theatre Director


  1. To administrate and co-ordinate the youth theatre; to include regular updates of youth theatre database, registers, waiting lists and general correspondence to YT members and their families
  2. To assist the Youth Theatre Director programming the Youth Theatre
  3. To plan, facilitate, lead and evaluate weekly Youth Theatre workshops (up to 4 weekly sessions)
  4. To lead the development and sustain the quality of satellite youth theatre sessions
  5. To organise additional rehearsal space/venues when necessary
  6. To work on other projects and events as required by the Youth Theatre Director
  7. To work within agreed budgets


  • Practical performing arts skills
  • Flair for facilitating and progressing young people making theatre
  • Enthusiasm for planning, organising and prioritising their work
  • Affinity for working with a diverse range of young people
  • Self starter & team player
  • Ability to strike a balance between administration responsibilities and practical tasks
  • Discretion in handling matters of confidentiality
  • Project management experience
  • Competence in Office ICT (especially Microsoft Windows, Outlook and Excel)
  • Risk assessment experience
  • Performing arts skills in musical or physical theatre
  • Driving licence and own car Updated CRB enhanced disclosure will be sought from the successful applicant

Decide if the following statements are true or false:

  • 1. Chichester Festival Youth Theatre currently has over 500 members.

  • 2. The job is part time and the successful applicant will only work evenings and weekends.

  • 3. The successful applicant will only be running workshops and will not need to do any administration.

  • 4. The successful applicant will need to be very good with people.

  • 5. The successful applicant will not need to know how to use a computer as this will be taught on the job.

  • 6. The successful applicant should be able to drive.