Imaginarium Theatre and the Shakespeare North Playhouse call out for Young Cultural Leaders

  • Age 16-21 Years.
  • Four Areas to choose from: Filmmaking, Designing & Making, Events Management, Performance Skills Workshops.
  • All places are available for FREE.
  • Gold Arts Award accreditation.
  • Closing date for applications 6pm Monday 12th April



Imaginarium Theatre are offering a new and exciting opportunity for young people aged 16-21 to develop creative and life skills, a wider understanding of arts and culture, and gain a prestigious arts leadership qualification by applying to become a Young Cultural Leader for Imaginarium Theatre and the Shakespeare North Playhouse, during the build up to Knowsley Borough of Culture 2022.

There will be four areas for young people to choose from and three young leaders will be selected to represent each specialism.

Young Filmmakers

Young Producers

Young Designers and Makers

Young Workshop Leaders

This opportunity is FREE and participants will gain a Gold Arts Award, a recognized level 3 qualification from Trinity College London worth 16 UCAS points, along with enviable practical experience and expertise and support from a range of professional practitioners. No previous experience is necessary, just a genuine interest and desire to create and achieve.

Placements will be for 12 months, each young person will be assigned a mentor in their chosen field who will offer support and guidance for the young leaders to develop their own projects, with monthly in-person sessions and weekly optional online drop-ins with an Arts Awards Advisor. The Young Cultural Leaders will have the opportunity to work on a range of exciting projects such as making documentaries and short films, supporting cultural events, creating costume, set or props for an Imaginarium production or leading sessions alongside our practitioners at one of our youth theatres or holiday clubs for children and young people.  There will also be exciting opportunities to work alongside Knowsley Council’s Culture and Events staff and volunteers and get involved with Knowsley Borough of Culture and the opening programme of the new Shakespeare North Playhouse in 2022.

Education Manager Julie Ashurst said “At Imaginarium we have many different options for young people depending on their age and interests, and we are delighted to be able to bring this opportunity to the 16-21 age range, to offer some practical life enhancing experience that they can take forward as they become young adults and find their own paths and possible working directions.”

The closing date for applications is 6pm Monday 12th April with zoom interviews being held on Friday 16th April.  The successful applicants will begin their placement on Friday 23rd April at Imaginarium’s community arts base – Cockpit House in Prescot, from 7.30-8.30pm.  All sessions will be held in line with current Covid- 19 legislation.

Artistic Director Gaynor La Rocca saidImaginarium is a creative community that nurtures and inspires people of all ages from all walks of life. We are a collective of immensely talented professional artists, community performers and volunteers who come together to share skills, make theatre magic and create spectacular and innovative cultural events, productions, workshops and experiences for the wider community. We are proud to offer such a fantastic opportunity to support the young cultural leaders of the future.”

Anyone interested in more information can either visit the Imaginarium Theatre Young Cultural Leaders webpage or contact

Imaginarium Theatre are a theatre and community arts organisation, led by a team of creative professionals who are passionate about keeping opportunities like this accessible to all. As part of their commitment to local grass roots artists, performers, and youth theatre, and in association with Shakespeare North Playhouse, Imaginarium are working on a wide program of online and live events this summer in Knowsley and wider Liverpool City Region.

Visit their website and social media regularly to see some of their previous work and to see what is coming next.