Check out our latest opportunities for Jobs, Artist Commissions and Volunteering below;


  • Monologue writing development for local emerging writers

    Sunderland Stages Writers Project – Sunderland Stories

    Sunderland Culture has been supporting emerging playwrights over the past year funded by its Great Place Unlock programme which aims to unlock potential and support emerging talent in the city.

    As a response to the current Covid 19 pandemic and in acknowledgement of its damaging impact on the theatre industry, these new opportunities offer emerging writers a framework in which to practise their craft whilst providing paid opportunities for professional actors.

    Guidelines for Writers

    • This opportunity is only open to Sunderland based writers

    • This opportunity is only open to emerging playwrights who have had little work for the stage presented professionally, or not had any professional work at all

    • The theme is Sunderland Stories, allowing for a very broad interpretation.

    • The scripts should be approximately between 10 minutes in length

    • Monologues will be selected by a panel and matched with suitable actors drawn from a pool of local professionals who will then record the monologues in their own home.

    • The recorded monologues will be uploaded to Sunderland Culture’s website and shared via social media.

    • The frequency of sharing on social media will be subject to the number of monologue submissions and the selection process

    • This is a developmental opportunity for writers and, as such, does not include any payment to writers

    • Scripts that do not meet the brief will not be considered


    This programme seeks to provide opportunities for as long as the modest amount of funding continues.

    There are 2 deadlines dates for submissions:
    12.30pm on Monday 27th April and Monday 4th May

    Please send your script to [email protected] including your name and contact details

  • Art Crush - App Development Opportunity

    Sunderland Culture is seeking to commission a web app or native app (x2 – android and iOS) to make the Arts Council Collection more widely accessible to an audience that doesn’t typically engage with contemporary art. The aim is to create a fun, appealing experience that will allow a new way for a wide range of audiences to access the Collection.

    Download the full brief for more information: Art Crush Brief FINAL

    Deadline: Register your interest by Monday 20th April, 9am. Interviews Tuesday 21st April.

    Budget and timescale:

    Budget for brand, design, build, hardware compatibility and technical support is up to £12,000 (inclusive of VAT) – Prototype developed by summer 2020.

    For questions and to register your interest:  Contact Penny Day at [email protected]

  • Chair of Trustees - Sunderland Culture

    Role: Chair of Trustees
    Application deadline: 17 April 2020

    Sunderland Culture is seeking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees to lead the governance of this unique model of cultural leadership and guide it over the next phase of its development. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to play a pivotal role in leading the cultural regeneration of one the UK’s most dynamic cities.

    Time Commitment: Board meetings are held 4 times per year. Additional meetings and one to one discussions with the Chief Executive mean that we are seeking a time commitment equivalent to 1 day per month.

    The role is unpaid and out of pocket expenses will be refunded.

    Meetings take place in Sunderland, UK.

    A full job description and person specification is available to download here: Sunderland Culture Chair of Trustees

    For an informal conversation please contact Keith Merrin, Chief Executive on [email protected]

    To apply send a CV and covering letter setting out how you meet the person specification to [email protected]

    The deadline for applications is noon on 17 April 2020.

    Interviews will take place on Monday 27 April 2020 in Sunderland

  • Community Play Director for Pursuers of the Future

    Role: Community Play Director
    Application deadline: 30th March 2020
    Salary: Paid, see below for details

    Sunderland Culture’s Great Place Unify programme culminates in 2020 with the presentation of a community play that gathers Sunderland’s communities’ dreams for the future of the city.

    As a first step in this project, Sunderland Culture has commissioned a north east based playwright to work with local residents and community groups to write a new play based on their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future of the city. The first draft of the piece is underway, and we are now looking to appoint a North East based Director to lead the community cast (with the support of a professional production team) to create the piece to be performed later in the year. The piece will last no longer the 70 mins, will contain up to 15 speaking parts played by local community or amateur actors and a community chorus of at least 20.

     This opportunity is open to directors based in the north east of England.
     The appointed director will consult with the writer with regards to any subsequent
    rewrites after delivery of the 1st draft
     The director will be consulted with regards to any further production team
     The director will be expected to liaise with production team members regarding creative
    requirements of the production, cast the community parts, lead rehearsals and attend
    performances. Owing to the community nature of this project, rehearsals are likely to be
    in the evenings and at weekends.
     It is anticipated that the performance will take place outdoors or in a site-specific
    environment which may be informed by the content of the script and subject to
    discussions between the Director and Producer.
     The selected director must be able to attend any press/media interviews/photoshoots if required
     The performance will be a free, public event with tickets available via Sunderland
    Culture’s website

     A fee of £3500 will be payable to cover all preparatory work, rehearsals and
     The fee will be paid in 3 installments:
    I. On receipt of signed contract
    II. On beginning of rehearsals
    III. On the date of the performance

    Application deadline:  30 th March 2020
    Interviews: w/c 14 th April 2020
    Rehearsals commence: June 2020 (12 weeks)
    Performance/s: Late August/early September

    To Apply
    Please email the following to [email protected] by 5pm on 20th March 2020:
     Your CV and any additional information highlighting your track record in directing for the stage, especially any experience in working with community casts or plays for large casts
     Your ideas of how you would work with individuals and community groups in running
    casting and rehearsals for a large community cast such as this.
     What ideas you may have for the community chorus and how you might develop them.
     Links to, or examples of your previous directorial work
     Any press reviews, feedback, testimonials regarding previous work.

    About the Great Place Scheme
    Sunderland Great Place scheme is a key plank of Sunderland’s cultural renaissance ensuring that Sunderland’s communities are at the heart of this change – making connections and effecting tangible difference to people’s lives in the future. Our Great Place scheme is developing sustainable and replicable city-wide strategies to use culture to address many of Sunderland’s complex economic, social and cultural issues, particularly around socio-economic disadvantage, health and wellbeing, aspirations of young people, community cohesion, low growth in creative industries, heritage buildings at risk and profile of the city. Sunderland is one of 16 UK pilot Great Place schemes funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

    About Sunderland Culture
    Sunderland Culture was formed in 2016 to bring together the cultural programmes of
    Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust into a single, independent, organisation and to realise the ambition of a city brimming with creative potential. Sunderland Culture works in National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for nContemporary Art, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Arts Centre Washington and The Fire Station, and delivers programmes of cultural engagement and events across the whole city. It works across the city to ensure the power of great art, culture and creativity is harnessed for the benefit of Sunderland, its residents and visitors. Sunderland Culture’s mission is to improve life for everyone in Sunderland through culture. Sunderland Culture is an Arts Council England
    National Portfolio Organisation.

  • Venue Director – The Fire Station Auditorium, Sunderland
    Important Update: Due to the Covid 19 crisis we have decided to postpone recruitment of the Fire Station Venue Director. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will announce an updated recruitment timetable in due course. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted an application. We can confirm we will hold all applications received on file and will be touch with applicants directly with the new timetable as soon as possible.


  • Writer for new Christmas Performance

    Role: Writer to work with us to produce a brand-new story for Christmas 2020.
    Application deadline: 20th March 2020

    About the role:
    Alnwick Playhouse are working in partnership, with the Queen’s Hall, Hexham and Sunderland Culture (for The Fire Station), to commission a new Christmas Performance for 2020. We are seeking a writer to work with us to produce a brand-new story for Christmas to follow the success of A Viking Christmas. We have a vision that our Christmas show will be:

    • Accessible for families, entertaining and engaging for everyone 5 years old and
      above, but also suitable for groups of adults
    • Lighthearted and funny
    • Moving and create a sense of wonder
    • The show that makes our audiences feel festive
    • Allow our audience to interact with the performance
    • Relevant to our Northumbrian audience and feel like it was made just for them
    • Beautifully crafted and will entice the audience to keep on coming back

    We want our Christmas show to contain live music (we will work with a composer/songwriter) with the potential to include a community choir or cast, up to 5 professional performers and a simple beautiful set.

    We expect the show to be approx. 90 minutes long, with an interval – we need to sell ice-creams – and have a clear
    marketing message for schools, groups and families.

    To Apply
    We are looking for applications from writers who have created at least one professional production and is based in the UK. We will prioritise applications from writers living in North East England.

    Please note: we are also open to the application coming from a writer/director, a writer/lyricist or a writer & composer duo. We pay industry standard rates for writing.

    If you would like to work with us on this wonderful new project please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages to [email protected] by 20th March 2020 explaining your idea and experience.

    We think this is a really exciting opportunity for a writer to create a wonderful new festive show and we look forward to hearing from you.

    Key Dates
    20 March 2020– Deadline to apply
    May 2020 Commission Awarded
    October 2020 – Project start
    December – Performances

    About Us
    Alnwick Playhouse has been a vibrant arts centre since 1990 and now firmly established as one of the leading small venues in the North East. The Playhouse has recently been refurbished with a main auditorium of 270 seats. We programme theatre, music, dance, film and live streaming in the main house which is spilt between professional and community. Northumberland County Council Libraries and Tourist
    Information are now located in the building. This Christmas show is an opportunity to attract a new family audience to the Playhouse
    over the peak Christmas period when historically it has been closed. We hope the Playhouse Christmas Show becomes a new tradition for years to come.

    The Queen’s Hall is beautiful arts centre at the heart of Hexham providing performances and workshops in the venue and outreach to communities in rural Northumberland. The Queen’s Hall has a 350-seat theatre, two galleries, café/bar and the library. Queen’s Hall Arts is a charity funded in part by the Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council. We have a programme of theatre, spoken word, live
    music, contemporary dance, comedy and workshops. We have strong links with our community and local schools and offer a wide range of activities including Youth Folk Band, Youth Theatre and a community choir. Our audience for our Christmas production is a mixture of families (often 3 generations), local groups (including brownies, learning disabled groups and WI) and schools.

    Sunderland Culture / The Fire Station
    The Fire Station, due to open in Spring 2021, will be Sunderland’s brand new mid scale venue presenting a mixed programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy and community performances. The auditorium is currently being built and will link to the recently renovated and re-purposed central fire station which reopened as an arts participation base in 2017. Located next to the larger Empire Theatre, this venue, along with other
    developing performance spaces close by comprise the city’s cultural quarter.

    Sunderland Culture are currently programming The Fire Station’s pre-opening season called Firestarters as well as an opening event and the first season. Sunderland Culture is a new organisation founded by Sunderland City Council, Sunderland University and the MAC Trust to programme and manage the city’s main venues including National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Arts Centre Washington, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.


  • WRITEHOUSE - Sunderland’s brand new theatre scratch night for writers from the city and beyond…

    Thursday 2nd April, 2020
    The Peacock, High Street West, Sunderland

    Writehouse is a new writing event showcasing playwrights from Sunderland and beyond, and providing an opportunity for theatre makers to meet in an informal, social environment. It is open to all and not dependent on previous experience. A selection of extracts from several submitted scripts will be directed and performed by professional theatre makers at each event.

    Writers are invited to submit scripts using the following guidelines:
    • Be no longer than 10 – 15 minutes in length (Extracts or stand-alone pieces).
    • Have no more than 4 characters.
    • Have minimal staging/props.

    Submission and Selection Process
    • Deadline: 5pm, 3rd March, 2020
    • Please submit your script by email to [email protected]
    • In the covering email please include: your name, address, telephone number,
    title of your work.
    • To ensure our commitment to equality and diversity, please ensure your script
    does not contain any personal identification details.

    Writehouse is funded by Sunderland Culture’s Great Place Unlock programme and developed in association with Theatre Space North East and NE Script Space.

  • Call-out for Sunderland Culture Young Ambassador Team

    Sunderland Culture is excited to launch their NEW Sunderland Culture Young Ambassador Team; a project that will see us work with young people to improve the young people’s offer in Sunderland.

    We are looking for a team of Sunderland young people aged 13-25; we want young people who want their voices to be heard, to be change makers, the creative instigators, the excited doers and young people champions.

    For our first big project, we are partnering with Helix Arts to curate and organise an exciting takeover of Arts Centre Washington on 1st November 2019.

    The young people recruit into this project will be the ones leading and creating this takeover event for young people, by young people in Sunderland, for young people in Sunderland.

    To kick start the process, young people will take part in the ‘Make It Happen’ learning scheme, which is all about doing just that, making things in Sunderland actually happen for young people! Through this they will develop the skills they will need to organise and plan their own event including things like project management, marketing, budget management, social media manage etc – whilst learning from professionals and experts from creative industries…

    This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain new skills, get creative and have their say in Sunderland!

    So if you’re aged 13-25 from living in Sunderland and want to take part, have any questions, would like the call-out in an alternative format, or know someone who fits the bill – we’d love for you to get in touch by emailing Rachel at [email protected]

  • Volunteering Opportunity - National Glass Centre & Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

    Volunteers needed to help complete feedback surveys with visitors to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. 

    Are you confident? Do you love chatting with people? Then we have the perfect volunteering opportunity for you!

    Join us at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and/or National Glass Centre to help us collect visitor surveys which help us with our funding from Arts Council England.

    Volunteers must be aged 16yrs or over.

    If you’re interested in applying please email us at [email protected].

  • Volunteering Opportunity - Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

    Would you be interested in becoming an event volunteer and supporting us to deliver an exciting programme of activities for our audiences?

    Enjoy working with people? Interested in gaining experience of delivering public engagement and learning activities?

    Join us at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens as an event volunteer and get involved in supporting our weekend and school holiday events.

    For more information, please contact Jennie Lambert, Public Engagement & Learning Manager on 0191 5618605 or email: [email protected]