Opportunites at Lyra

Where We Are


Lyra are recruiting freelancers to be part of a brand-new project called Where We Are


The Project

Where We Are is a new creative initiative by Starcatchers, Imaginate and Lyra, encompassing a travelling ensemble, creative play, and participatory performance making, all co-designed with children and young people across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife.  


Supported by the Creative Scotland Youth Arts Targeted Fund, Where We Are will recruit up to 17 artists, practitioners, and production staff to engage with refugee families, young mothers and babies and groups of children through a programme of inspirational artistic activity.  

In partnership with groups focused on tackling inequality, the organisations’ three distinct project strands will be informed by the wellbeing and needs of the children and young people involved.   


Lyra and Where We Are

The Lyra strand of Where We Are is centred around the creation of a new ensemble for young audiences in Greater Craigmillar, Edinburgh. The ensemble is made up of a team of two performers, designer, stage manager and trainee artist led by Lyra’s Artistic Director, Jo Timmins and supported by an Ensemble Facilitator. The ensemble will be based at Lyra’s home venue Artspace in Craigmillar and will work here and off-site, including outdoors, with and for children and young people throughout the community. As well as training together and creating new professional performances for young people to watch, the ensemble will work alongside local children and young people sharing their skills and supporting them to make their own work. 


The project partners will deliver a comprehensive training and development programme for the artistic team including anti-racism and trauma- informed child protection training, with opportunities to share artistic practices and project learning. We aim to create a supportive and shared experience across the whole project.  


Where We Are is all about connecting with children and young people through performance making, creative arts and play as we begin to look towards life beyond the pandemic. 



The Roles

Lyra are currently recruiting the following 4 roles for our Where We Are Ensemble. Click on the job titles for the job description and details of how to apply!


Ensemble Facilitator

Application deadline: Friday 16th April 2021 at 12noon

Ensemble Stage Manager

Application deadline: Friday 16th April 2021 at 12noon


Application deadline: Friday 23rd April at 12noon

Trainee Artist

Application deadline: Friday 30th April 12noon


We are committed to ensuring that the ensemble includes practitioners who identify as BIPOC+, especially welcoming applicants from the African and Caribbean diaspora, Latinx, the East Asian diaspora, from the South East Asian Diaspora, from the South Asian Diaspora, West Asian (includes Middle East) Diaspora, Indigenous people, bi-racial/ mixed heritage, or who self-identifies as a Person of Colour or Black.

Find out more about the Starcatchers and Imaginate roles for Where We Are here:

Imaginate: https://www.imaginate.org.uk/artists/projects/where-we-are/

Starcatchers: https://starcatchers.org.uk/work/where-we-are/



Developing Scotland's Young Audiences Sector - Consultant Call-out


We are seeking a consultant to collaborate with a Young Audiences Group in order to map the Scottish Young Audiences sector, better understand our needs and priorities, and begin to shape a vision for the future.


The Young Audiences group is a collection of freelance artists, producers and organisations from the young audiences sector who are committed to making exceptional theatre and dance performances for audiences of children and young people in Scotland.

The current group consists of the following freelancers and RFO/non RFO organisations: Action Boat, Barrowland Ballet, Catherine Wheels & Shona Reppe, Curious Seed, Heather Fulton/Frozen Charlotte, Imaginate, Independent Arts Projects, Lyra, Red Bridge Arts, Sarah Gray/Scottish Theatre Producers, Starcatchers, Visible Fictions.

Find out more about the Consultation Brief and How To Apply.


Application Deadline: Thursday 22 April at 5pm.