Supported Internships

We are passionate about the accessibility of training and employment opportunities for neurodivergent people. It is vitally important to us for there to be accessible routes into the Arts, whether as a performer or practitioner. 

Therefore, we have partnered with Route to Recruit – a supported internship programme that helps young people with a learning difficulty secure – and keep – full time, paid, permanent jobs.

Route to Recruit is a collaboration between Brookfields School, Addington School and Reading College as the education providers, Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust as business lead, Ways into Work as Supported Employment provider, and Talentino!, a niche career development organisation. 

With huge thanks to the Route to Recruit programme, as a part of our 2021 launch plans, we are proud to offer two supported internships with Make/Sense Theatre from September 2021, and hope to continue these each year.

​Participatory and Multi-Sensory Theatre Practitioner Supported Internship

Do you have a passion for drama and/or dance? Do you enjoy working with children? Would you like to develop your leadership and employment skills in a creative environment?

This internship provides a unique pathway to becoming a community drama and/or dance facilitator.  It is also an exciting opportunity to develop your performance skills and apply them to working with neurodivergent people in school and community settings.

The year-long internship will involve working three days and two evenings a week, along with occasional weekends, during term time only. You will work as a part of a small team (and ideally with one other intern) as an assistant to the Make/Sense lead practitioners to support them in delivering their unique creative offering to the neurodivergent community in Reading and the surrounding areas.

Your role will include:

  • Assisting in drama and dance/movement lessons and after school clubs in local special schools
  • Assisting in drama and dance/movement sessions and play rehearsals in a youth theatre environment based at Reading Rep Theatre
  • Co-creating and performing multi-sensory theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning difficulties and their families and carers (in schools and residential care settings)
  • Learning how to plan and reflect on sessions, manage different abilities, interests and behaviour and understand how to safeguard young people
  • Work experience in jobs in a theatre environment such as front of house and backstage (at Reading Rep Theatre)
  • Assisting with company administrative duties such as updating class lists, taking bookings and sourcing and making resources

If you are interested in applying for an internship for September 2021 or 2022, please email us on [email protected]