Job Opportunity: 5 x Associate Artists with Highly Sprung

Job Opportunity: 5 x Associate Artists with Highly Sprung
By Highly Sprung
29th April 2021

Highly Sprung are looking for five exceptional people with physical theatre or dance theatre expertise, to extend our pool of experienced Associate Artists . These five new roles are an opportunity for Highly Sprung to meet and work with talented artists with a passion for creative learning, to train with us, and to work closely with our existing team delivering inspiring participatory projects in a range of settings throughout the year.


We are looking for professional artists with training and experience in dance/drama and physical theatre and with a knowledge and experience of creative teaching practice.


If successful with this application, you will join Highly Sprung for a for a four-day Associate Artist training residency Tue 8th to Fri 11th June 2021. The residency will be an insight into Highly Sprung’s creative education processes and will focus on embodied learning, exploring our style and practice and how we apply this in both performance and education contexts with children and young people age 4-21. We welcome applications to join us for this training opportunity from performers with experience working with children and young people in and outside of education.


We are specifically looking to increase representation across our delivery team, to better meet the needs of the audiences, children, and young people we work with. We acknowledge that people from Black, Asian, and Ethnically Diverse backgrounds are currently under-represented in our team and particularly encourage applications from these groups. Highly Sprung are committed to equal opportunities.


 About the Role


The Associate Artist is an artist and educator who delivers creative physical performance processes as part of Highly Sprung’s activities.


At Highly Sprung we have a commitment to developing new diverse audiences and making work more accessible through an extensive community and education programme and touring of performances using physical performance. The Associate Artist role is vital in making this work happen. Highly Sprung Associate Artists are passionate champions for children and young people, having experience in and being committed to delivering high-quality participatory arts activities for children and young people. They will have the artistry and understanding to make work using physical theatre approaches, and will be excellent role models who empower participants to find their own voice and use it to make inspiring work.


Responsibilities include:


  • Planning and delivering a range of physical performance projects and workshops as part of Highly Sprung’s artistic programme.
  • To effectively plan and liaise with Highly Sprung’s Directors and any other team members or partners connected to with the Associate Artist’s work with the Highly Sprung.
  • To plan, create, organise, and participate in performance events, which give children and young people the opportunity to share the outcomes of their work with, peers, public, and parents/family.
  • To lead sessions with enthusiasm and commitment and to promote a positive and inclusive working atmosphere. To engage with children and young people in an inspiring and accessible way to develop their creativity.
  • To undertake regular evaluation and reflection processes individually and as a member of a team to develop practice and approaches to creativity.
  • To work competently as an individual artist or as a team of artists delivering a project/workshop.
  • To comply with Highly Sprung’s Safeguarding Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy, and other charity policies at all times when representing Highly Sprung.


Hours of work:  Maximum of 40 hours per week, which may involve evening and weekend work and travel away from home.

For the residency from Tue 8th to Fri 11th June 2021, hours will be 10am – 5pm.


Location: The successful applicants will be required to work mainly in the Midlands, but at times in various locations across the UK and will need to undertake a full DBS check.


Fee: £100/day x4 days for training residency

Plus expenses for travel and accommodation costs for Associate Artists living 15 miles from the charity base (CV1) as per our expense policy.


 How to apply: 


Download the application pack below to view the full job description and person specification. Please review this carefully to ensure you have the relevant skills and experience before applying.


To apply for this opportunity please submit a relevant CV, an up-to-date head shot, an equal opportunities form and a short expression of interest which includes the following:


  • 3 words that best describe you
  • An outline of your relevant experience
  • Your reasons for wanting the role
  • What you will bring to the work of Highly Sprung
  • One reference – character or professional


Please email your application to with ASSOCIATE ARTIST APPLICATION in the subject line.


If you cannot email, please post to:

HIGHLY SPRUNG, Daimler Powerhouse, Sandy Lane Business Park, Sandy Lane, Coventry, CV1 4DQ

If you have any access issues, please contact:


Deadline for applications is Mon 24th May at 5pm.

Shortlisted applicants for the interview stage will be notified by email no later than Wed 26th May.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview with Highly Sprung’s directors.

This will be held online on either Thu 27th or Fri 28th May from 10:30am-3:30pm.




Fill out our Equal Opportunities Form online here. 

Download Associate Artist Application Pack – PDF

Download Associate Artist Application Pack – Word Doc


If you require the pack in an alternative format or need any additional support in making an application, please contact us on:

07810263355 or




Section 1: Introduction 


Section 2: Job Description


Section 3: Person Specification 


Section 4: How To Apply