Freelancers Make Theatre Work is run by a small voluntary group of freelancers. The group is not fixed but fluid and welcomes participants who are willing to give time. Each week, where possible, a different member of the team writes the newsletter...

Volunteer with Freelancers Make Theatre Work

Freelancers Make Theatre Work needs volunteers to help keep freelancers' voices heard in the industry!

We are a volunteer led organisation, always looking for motivated individuals to contribute to our ongoing theatre freelancer focused activities, events and campaigning. We do this work in many different forms and over the next few weeks we will be sending out invites with different asks, starting with an invitation to volunteer with our wellbeing group.

We ask that you only offer time within your capacity, and to activities that energise you. We hope to create ways to change the industry for the better, without burning ourselves out in the process.

Since launching in 2020, Freelancers Make Theatre Work has worked with freelancers to create free, online, peer to peer opportunities. From weekly Tea Breaks to Monday morning vocal warm ups (Dawn Chorus) to Zoom boxing sessions, we know that these spaces offer a crucial opportunity to be in community with other freelancers and have offered some practitioners a space to try out new ideas or explore their practice.

Freelancers Make Theatre Work are eager to continue offering workshops, sessions or social spaces for UK freelancers. We want to build a programme of no cost activity to support the wellbeing of the UK freelance theatre community and we need your help!

Do you have an idea for a session or a meeting that you would like to deliver at no cost to the freelance community through our platform? Whether it is a weekly mindful movement class, a series of accent workshops or a one off social activity (did someone say Bingo?!).

Or do you know of great online sessions that are already happening at no cost? Please let us know so we can add them to our website!

Are you a proficient Zoom host, who could cover an online session each week to make sure the tech runs smoothly? We understand that freelancer schedules may be changeable, so we create easy to follow rotas for volunteers who cannot commit to a regular time each week.

Are you organised and interested in volunteering time to undertake some of the basic administration involved in making these events happen? This will generally mean creating volunteer rotas, making sure Zoom links are shared with hosts, collating numbers of attendees and sending FMTW’s website manager any updates required.

You can find out more and register your interest right here on our new 'Volunteers' page.

We'll be updating the page in the coming weeks with other volunteering opportunities with Freelancers Make Theatre Work.

The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund supports Freelancers Make Theatre Work

Freelancers Make Theatre Work are enormously grateful for the continued support of the Maria Björnson Memorial Fund. Thanks to a second generous grant we will now have support to continue our work into 2022.

Maria Björnson was a brilliant theatre, ballet and opera designer who died suddenly in 2002 at the age of 53. She worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Sydney Opera, La Scala, in the West End, on Broadway, and at the Almeida Theatre.

Her iconic, magnificent designs for ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (for which she he received two Tony Awards, two Outer Critics’ Circle Awards and two Drama Critics’ Awards, all for Best Costume and Set) are now in their 35th year at Her Majesty’s Theatre and can still be seen all over the world.

I was lucky enough to know Maria towards the end of her life, and to see how inspiringly she spoke up for the concerns of her fellow freelancers. She was passionate about opening up the conversation around designers fees and expenses, a dialogue which hasn’t progressed far in the last 20 years, and I believe she would wholeheartedly approve of the bold work that Freelancers Make Theatre Work and others have been doing in support of this and so many other freelance related issues over the last 18 months.

-Peter McKintosh

The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)

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