Seeking Experienced Creative Producer


Ali Matthews & Leo Burtin are looking for a Creative Producer to assist in the development and delivery of current and future artistic projects, as well as supporting the strategic growth of their collaboration.

The role of the Creative Producer will be to support the day-to-day management of our artistic projects, be proactive in seeking out and developing opportunities our artistic and strategic development (including working internationally), and be prepared to engage with our playful and inquisitive creative process. Join the party!

For further information and how to apply information please download the Matthews + Burtin- Creative Producer job pack.

Please send a CV and covering letter to by 12 noon on the 19th of June, 2017. Interviews will be held in person (preferably) in Manchester or via Skype on the 23rd or 26th of June.

BLUSH by Snuff Box Theatre

Job Opportunity: Assistant Producer with Making Room

Making Room is seeking to appoint an Assistant Producer to work alongside its two co-directors to assist in the delivery of the company’s projects and shows in 2017.

This is an excellent paid opportunity for an individual who is seeking to gain further producing experience to build on their current portfolio.

We’re looking for someone who is willing to throw themselves into a range of projects and roles, who can work independently as part of a small team and has a shared understanding of Making Room’s mission to “boldly strive for a shift in society through culture”.

The Assistant Producer role will work across Making Room’s shows and projects in 2017 including supporting the co-directors in delivering aspects of three national touring productions, one London production, three shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a festival of feminism.

For more information please download the information pack.

The fee for this role is £1200 for 20 days work across 15 weeks.
Deadline for applications is at noon on Wednesday 26th April.

If you have any questions please email hello[at]

Image from Snuff Box Theatre’s BLUSH playing at Soho Theatre and on Tour.


Announcing the Foot in the Door Artists

Lancaster Arts and Making Room are proud to announce the artists that have been selected for the inaugural Foot in the Door scheme. Selected from a call out in the North West, the artists announced include James Monaghan and Ali Wilson with companies Tin Can People and Theatre 42.

Foot in the Door is supported by Arts Council England and gives artists based in the North West the opportunity to develop new work in a week of structured workshops, rehearsal room time, networking and supportive feedback through work in progress showings.

As well as developing new work, Lancaster Arts will host performances from Ali Matthews and Leo Burtin with The Best of Both Worlds: A Busker’s Opera and Paper People’s Theatre’s Do Geese See God.

Read more about the selected artists and what they hope to achieve through being part of Foot in the Door below.

Tickets for performances as part of Foot in the Door can be bought via the Lancaster Arts Website.


James Monaghan

James is a person who makes art, theatre and performance. His practice is built upon openness and a commitment to developing challenging work through high-risk experimentation. He co-created SheepKnuckle whose work blurs the boundaries between digital misuse, audience collaboration and live art. He is also a collaborating artist with Quarantine Theatre Company. James is based in Manchester, the city of rain.

James is looking forward to challenging himself to explore making work as an individual practitioner alongside the support and guidance of respected peers. He will use the opportunity as a springboard to further develop his ideas around patterns in communication within a post-truth world.


Ali Wilson

Having moved to Manchester for university in 2013, Ali has been making work and learning more about theatre in the north west with a keen interest. She has a particular interest in quirky solo performance and work that explores issues regarding identity and autobiography. Ali is an associate artist with Facade Theatre and has performed with Quarantine. Aside from making theatre and watching live performance, Ali likes cycling, going to zumba and watching German soaps.

Ali says, “taking part in Foot In The Door is really exciting for me. Since graduation I’ve worked hard to adjust to the making work without the help of university tutors and I think spending time with other like-minded artists will be a big boost for that. This scheme will enable me to explore new ideas and develop current ones in a friendly environment, whilst also offering me a chance to gain new skills in other areas. I can’t wait!”

tin-can-people_katie-pip-2017Tin Can People

Tin Can People are an artistic collective led by Charlotte Berry & Rob Gregson who live and work in Preston. They make interdisciplinary theatre and performance, often question where we are, how we got here, and try to place ourselves in the worlds’ big issues. Tin Can People like to laugh at themselves, talk about the mundane and fantasize about alternative futures.  The company have shared work for the past two years at festivals and emergent platforms both nationally and internationally. Currently they’re collaborating with participants Katie & Pip in the development of The Katie & Pip Project. 

Tin Can People say, “Our commitment to Foot in the Door should prove as a vital stepping stone in the development of our practice, specifically for our upcoming performance The Katie & Pip Project, a performance that celebrates the relationship between Katie, a 14 year old type 1 diabetic girl and ‘Pip’ her 4 year old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis. As we are working with both a child and an animal, to have the support of professional practitioners will allow us the opportunity to experiment and fully scrutinize our material, whilst enabling us the chance to develop a strategy for future funding. As artists from Preston it’s important that we’re creating meaningful relationships with partners in the North West.“


Theatre 42

Theatre 42, formed in 2016 by six Lancaster University graduates. Their first piece Nothing is Coming, the Pixels are Huge was performed as part of Manchester’s Emergency Festival and at Lancaster Arts. It is now undergoing further development with a view to touring next year. Their latest piece of work is being developed in collaboration with FITD. T42 is Anna West, Beatrice Sutton, David Callanan, Liz Duggan and Louise Cross and supported by Making Room.

As an emerging company, T42 is looking to take advantage of the opportunities presented and develop their professional image as well as the theatre they strive to make. The workshops and support offered by Foot In The Door is invaluable as it is based in the place where it all began for T42, but will open their eyes to the horizon and beyond.


Foot in the Door is supported by Arts Council England in a partnership between Making Room and Lancaster Arts. Featured image by Julian Hughes.


Foot In The Door – Call Out for artists

Foot In The Door is an initiative proposed by Making Room in collaboration with Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University to support talent development in theatre, performance and live art in the Northwest. This project is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

We are now looking for 3 x artists to participate in a weeklong residency programme culminating in a sharing of works in progress performances at Lancaster’s Nuffield Theatre alongside Paper People Theatre’s performance of Do Geese See God? and an early showing of supported graduate company Theatre 42’s second ever piece.

Foot In The Door is intended both as a creative challenge & springboard for early career artists. Between 16th – 23rd February 2017, the participants will be given time, space and a budget to begin making new works, or develop pieces which have not yet had public performances. The scheme will also see those artists take part in a series of workshops led by established practitioners including Andy Smith, Ali Matthews and Jenny Gaskell – covering a range of topics from performance writing & dramaturgy to fundraising.

As well as the formal elements of the programme, we expect that Foot In The Door will create a fruitful collaborative environment for the artists to envisage their practice & career going forward. This will also be facilitated through mentoring sessions with Making Room Artistic Directors & Lancaster Arts Creative Producing Team beyond the scheme itself.


To apply, please send the following information on no more than one side of A4 to

  • Your name, email address, telephone number, and where you are based
  • A statement about you & your work so far
  • Why you are interested in this particular opportunity
  • How you anticipate participating in this scheme will support your practice and its ongoing development
  • Up to three links to examples of your work to date (e.g. video trailers etc.)
  • Confirmation of your availability to participate in the programme


  • The deadline for applications is 12noon, Thursday 2nd February 2017
  • Each artist will receive a £500 payment to cover the costs of their full participation in the project. Limited additional budgets for travel, accommodation, materials and equipment will be made available where necessary.
  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application no later than 6th February 2017
  • The programme begins on 16th February 2017 and ends on 23rd February 2017
  • We would prefer for each artist to participate in the full programme for its full duration, however we understand that this may not be possible. Please state clearly in your application when you may need time away from the programme and we will be in touch with you to discuss should your application be successful.

If you have any questions about the project you can email or call us on 01524 593405.

We look forward to hearing from you,


Alice Booth, Leo Burtin & Jake Orr

On behalf of

Lancaster Arts & Making Room

Making Room Produces The Conker Group’s Gutted in 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be working with The Conker Group in 2017 to produce and present their latest show Gutted. Created by The Conker Group’s director Tara Robinson with performer Liz Robertson, Gutted is a co-production with HOME, Manchester. First presented to a sell-out audience in May 2016, Gutted is a shameless story of love, laughter and lavatories, exploring Liz’s real-life experiences of living with ulcerative colitis.

Gutted has been supported by the Wellcome Trust People’s Award, IA: The Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group*, and Arts Council England. and will be touring around hospitals in November 2016. Making Room will be working closely on producing the show for a national tour in 2017 (more details on tour booking soon).

As Making Room continues to grow in supporting artists and companies, we’re particularly excited about working with The Conker Group. Continuing to fulfil our mission of creating and supporting work that has an impact in society, we were drawn to Gutted for its human and humorous look at a long-term condition that affects 146,000 people in the UK. Gutted has already made brilliant steps at transforming and inspiring patients and relatives and we look forward to shaping the continued success of the show.

You can find out more about Gutted and The Conker Group on their website.

Tea with Making Room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Making Room will be up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two shows this year. Amongst the flyering, the get in and gets out, we know that sometimes all you need is a cup of tea and a chat. We’d like to invite those at the Fringe to have Tea with Making Room.

Whether you’re looking for respite in the Fringe chaos, advice on producing, being an artist/company or touring work, Making Room is here for you. These informal chats can be booked in advance via our snazzy booking system (see below), all that we ask is you turn up and that you like tea or another hot beverage, (we’re not that obsessed with tea… honest!)

Across the Fringe, Making Room’s Co-Artistic Directors Leo and Jake will be available to meet you, offer advice or just have a conversation, whatever you need, we’re here for it. Consider it our way of giving back. Leo and Jake are both experienced producers and artists. They’ve toured work across the UK and further afield, worked with large and small organisations, regularly programme festivals, support artists and write a lot of funding applications. You can find out more about Leo on his website or Jake on his website.

Happy tea drinking.

Book a Slot:

Tea with Making Room will happen between 8-28 August, at various times throughout the day based on ours and your availability. If you’re keen to book a slot do so via the form below.

If you have a question drop Making Room’s Ambassador, Kirsten, an email here: kirsten[at]

Photo by Louis du Mont

Seeking Ambassador for Edinburgh Fringe

During this Summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe (5th – 29th August), Making Room are offering a professional development opportunity to an early-career creative producer/artist.

We would like to offer an individual an all inclusive bursary of £250 to shadow & support Making Room Artistic Directors Jake Orr & Leo Burtin for the duration of the festival and support their varied portfolio of activity in Edinburgh which includes:

  • Producing Bricking It by Joanna & Pat Griffin & BLUSH by Snuff Box Theatre at Underbelly
  • Engaging with artists and companies whose work may be suited to Incoming or Hear Me Roar Festival
  • Free advisory sessions to artists & companies participating in the Fringe from co-Directors
  • Actively engaging with relevant industry events such as Producers Gatherings etc.

What you will receive:

  • A £250 cash bursary, paid upon receipt of a valid invoice
  • A weekly mentoring/coaching session
  • A venue pass for Underbelly and other benefits associated with being a company member
  • Complimentary tickets to any shows or events you attend on behalf of Making Room

What will be expected of you:

  • To act as an ambassador for Making Room, its work and the artists it represents
  • To distribute publicity materials for our shows for at least one hour per day
  • To make the most of your mentoring sessions, be proactive in asking for advice, support and networking opportunities suited to your professional development aims

Who we are looking for:

  • You will be an early career theatre professional, graduate or student with a passion for the arts and a commitment to your own professional development
  • You are enthusiastic, self motivated and you recognise yourself in Making Room’s commitment to making a difference to society through art & culture and its values.
  • You already have plans to be based in Edinburgh 5th – 29th August

How to apply:

Please send a C.V. (2 pages max) and a short statement (300 words) outlining how you would benefit from this opportunity and what your professional ambitions are to by 12Midnight Sunday 19th June.

Download a PDF version of this opportunity