Creatives

The Customs House is invested in nurturing North East talent.
Our current open opportunities are below:

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We also encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of The Customs House before, we’d love to meet you.

The Customs House is seeking an enthusiastic and committed choreographer/dance teacher to deliver an exciting programme of dance to our newly created Young Performers Company which is launching in January 2022.
Our aim is to give our students the opportunity to gain experience working alongside those in the professional dance industry by commissioning professional choreographers/teachers to create dance works for our young members. These works are then performed by the young people to audiences within our theatre at our mini-pantomime, summer musical production and winter gala show.
Our selected choreographer/teacher would join us from 16th January 2022 until 23rd April 2022. You will join our students each Sunday afternoon during term time from 1pm-4pm at our venue in South Shields. You will be teaching students who range in age from age 8 to 18 years of age and must be able to teach a range of different dance styles.
It is essential that you have a passion for sharing the joy of dance and movement. You should also be an inspiring teacher with the ability to encourage ambition and self-belief and be an engaging communicator with the ability to create relevant experiences for our students.
You should be able to work collaboratively with the rest of our team, have excellent planning and organisational skills and be self-reflective and committed to continuous development to improve the experience for our young performers.
We are looking for prospective applicants to apply with a C.V. and covering letter detailing creative ideas and concept for our first term of dance workshops.
Please send your CV to kelly@customshouse.co.uk
Artist fee, inclusive of planning & delivery £25 per hour.

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In addition to our main choreographers, we are also looking for guest teachers to support our programme of activity so if you are a specialist in a particular area of dance, please also get in touch and send us your CV with details of your availability.

Call Out – Choir Facilitator

The Customs House is looking for a practitioner to deliver choir sessions with members of the community at Perth Green Community Centre, Jarrow, to create a community choir with people with all levels of musical skill.

Sessions will take place in Perth Green Community Centre, with the possibility of working towards a performance at The Customs House.

Full details: Choir facilitator call out

Interested practitioners should submit a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Margarita Rebolledo, Community Engagement Officer: margarita@customshouse.co.uk, by Monday 22nd November.


Call Out – Photography Facilitator

The Customs House is looking for a practitioner to deliver Introduction to photography sessions with members of CREST (Compact for Racial Equality South Tyneside), for a new project on wellbeing and engagement through the arts.

We are looking for someone to provide introductory level sessions, exploring areas such as composition, visual story-telling and  technical aspects and terminology of photography.

The practitioner should be able to work with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. A knowledge of Arabic language would be helpful, but it is not a requirement.

Full details: Photography facilitator call out

Interested practitioners should submit a brief bio and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Margarita Rebolledo, Community Engagement Officer: margarita@customshouse.co.uk , by Monday 22nd  November.


Call Out – Creative Writing Facilitator

The Customs House is looking for a practitioner to deliver creative storytelling and writing sessions with members of CREST (Compact for Racial Equality South Tyneside), for a new project on wellbeing and engagement through the arts.

There is a keen interest in developing a project for telling and sharing stories, and learning about script writing and some elements of creative writing. There would also be potential for participants to learn devises and practice around storytelling and autobiographical capturing of stories, including oral storytelling and use of verbatim or recorded delivery.

The practitioner should be able to work with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. A knowledge of the Arabic language would be helpful, but it is not a requirement.

Full details: Creative writing facilitator call out

Interested practitioners should submit a brief bio and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Margarita Rebolledo, Community Engagement Officer: margarita@customshouse.co.uk , by Monday 29th November.

Our Promise to Our Creative Community

In March 2021, we reached out to our community and asked how we could better serve our creatives, these consultations were kindly facilitated by Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Derby Theatre, and we were delighted with the generosity given by these creatives in terms of their time and willing to drive change.

Based on these discussions we have implemented the following:

  • We were asked to make it easier for people to find out about how they can engage with us, we’ve added a page on our website where opportunity for creatives are posted as a central place of focus for people to easily find information.
  • We were also asked better support a culture of transparency, since April 21 we have advertised and appointed two director roles and 24 acting positions (via the Creatives page), with over 50% of the actors being new to the venue.
  • We also noted suggestions that we need to offer opportunities for writers; we advertised for PLAY; the opportunity for five writers to submit up to 15 minutes of their play, and these were performed in the Main House in June as rehearsed readings with four actors, and director Emily Collins. Each writer was given a recording of their piece, and a report from The Customs House on suggestions for development. This is something that we plan to do annually.
  • Creatives asked that we offer open auditions, as well as recruiting through agents, and we saw over 50 young actors (aged 17-25 years old) to be part of Cherryade Supernova that was performed in June as part of Takeover, all eight actors were new to TCH with several making their professional acting debut.
  • We have made a partnership with South Tyneside Arts Festival and we will be giving opportunities for artists and performers to access the venue for free (for a week in August) in order to share their work in the Main Gallery, as well as for their workshops across the venue in visual art and musical theatre.
  • In January 22, we will programme Community Focus Groups to gain feedback on our Theatre, Cinema and Learning and Participation offer, and continue to reach out and to listen.

To view previous creative opportunities at The Customs House,
Please click HERE to visit our archive