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Light UP Youth theatre Leader - Abbotswood

Job Title: Light UP Youth Theatre Leader

Salary: £20 - £25 an hour based on experience, this includes prep and class delivery

Location: Abbotswood


Application Deadline:


Interview Date: TBD

We are looking for inspiring and energetic teachers to join our hard-working team. You will be someone who shares our core beliefs and values, reliable and motivated to help young people to shine on and off the stage. You will be someone who wants to work alongside the Light UP team to further our aims, go the extra mile for your students and create a fantastic work environment.


Unexpected Places is a diverse not for profit organisation in three parts: a touring professional theatre company creating devised, imaginative performances which take our audiences to unexpected places, a thriving youth theatre ‘Light UP’ that focuses on providing value for money classes for over 400 children a week to foster creativity, confidence and curiosity, and the newest strand to our organisation - UP Studios, a theatre space to support young people and local creatives.

Light UP boosts young people's confidence through welcoming, five-star, value for money, drama classes and workshops. We want all young people to have regular access to the self-esteem boosting, curiosity encouraging, buzz of achievement feeling, benefits that drama can provide.

We support 4-16 year olds to shine on and off stage through our three kinds of groups; Light UP Class, Light UP Company, and Light UP Advanced, as well as through Parties, Workshops and Drama Inset Days.

Light UP is a fun and supportive place to work. We are a sociable, friendly team, who genuinely love what we do. 


For those who wish to progress their careers we offer training and development opportunities, with fantastic rates of pay. Unlike some organisations we also pay for your time on ‘show days’.


For those who are interested we also offer ad hoc work in the school holidays (holiday workshops) and sometimes in the day in term time (Inset Days/workshops/ parties).

For a full job description and information on how to apply, download:

Light UP Youth Theatre Leader

Youth Theatre Team Members

Job Title: Youth Theatre Team Members

Estimated Salaries: Freelance Teachers: £20 - £25 per hour. Party Leaders: £60 a party. Officer: £21K - £23K a year.

Location: UP Studios, Compass Point, Ensign Way, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton, SO31 4RA. Some travel will be required to the sites we operate in. We offer flexible working arrangements.


Application Deadline: Ongoing

Interview Date: TBD

Job Description: We have a variety of gaps in our team at present and are specifically looking for inspirational teachers to run our after-school classes and expand our home education provision.


We are also looking for diligent and proactive individuals who want to be involved in the running of Light UP and its growth. We have roles in administration, marketing, planning, production management and producing Light UP performances and events. These roles may be joined together to form a full-time role, or parts added to create a part-time role.


Unexpected Places is always growing, and there are always new and exciting opportunities to get involved with.

For more information, please download the Youth Theatre Job Pack here.