Image: Writer & Director Annie Mwampulo participating in an R&D week at PiPA Partner Mercury Theatre. Image taken by Mickey Shaw.
Regardless of whether you have school-age children or not, August holidays often feel like a moment to reset. Perhaps it is so engrained from childhood - the feeling that come September you will have a new pencil case, fresh uniform, an extra inch or so in height, and a world of new possibilities.

'Resetting' is certainly a buzzword at the moment, as the world begins to right itself after Covid-19. #BuildBackBetter is a nice hashtag to be trending, but what does this actually mean? What will the tangible benefits be for the performing arts workforce? These are the questions that PiPA and our partners have been unpicking over the past 16 months.

PiPA's Covid Report revealed that the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities in the performing arts. Significantly, it identified that parents and carers that belong to under-represented groups in the performing arts - (D/deaf and/or disabled, people from ethnically diverse backgrounds and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds) - have been particularly disadvantaged.

In response, PiPA set to work on a number of projects which we are now excited to share with you all. These include a new year-long project in Yorkshire supporting freelancers with intersectional caring responsibilities, a brand new Remote Working Toolkit and an ambitious new research project in the Dance sector.

Find out more below.

Do you have project management or workshop facilitation experience? Are you Yorkshire-based?

Then this role is for you! Apply to lead PiPA's exciting new project supporting freelancers with intersectional caring responsibilities through a programme of professional development.

Due to the objectives of this project and funding parameters, we strongly welcome applications from underrepresented groups in the performing arts, as identified through our recent research (applicants who identify as D/deaf and/or disabled, people from ethnically diverse backgrounds and parents/carers from lower socio-economic backgrounds).
Want to find out more? Tune in the 'Chat with Matt' for a summary of the role and the project, and top tips to make sure your application stands out.
Apply now
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Remote Working Survey in May 2021. This research identified a significant appetite among both managers and the workforce for more flexible working practices. As we look to the future, there are many factors to be considered, and there is no singular 'right' approach to working in a post-Covid landscape. There is an understandable tension between wanting things to 'get back to normal' and 'doing things differently.'

To assist leaders and managers as they explore new approaches to working for their workforce, commissioned by UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and based on market-tested strategies as part of the PiPA Charter Programme, we have created a Remote Working Toolkit, full of resources, comprehensive strategies and practical tools to help performing arts managers implement remote, flexible and mixed models of working.

If you have any questions about the toolkit, PiPA and UK Theatre/ SOLT will be hosting a webinar on 30 September 2021, 10am-12pm. This will be an opportunity for a deeper dive and to explore case studies provided by industry leaders including Royal Shakespeare Company, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Costume in Theatre, Entertainment and Arts.
Download the Toolkit
Calling all dance industry professionals!

Support PiPA's latest research venture by joining our upcoming Dance Focus Group. Open to dancers, choreographers, dance practitioners, Artistic/Rehearsal Directors and dance teachers with caring responsibilities, this focus group will explore the specific barriers to career progression faced by parent and carer dance professionals.

Where: Zoom
When: w/c 20th September
Each group will last approximately 90 mins, and a fee will be offered to all participants.

Find out more and sign up
PiPA welcomes 5 new Board Members!

Last month we were delighted to welcome (left to right) Constance Oak, Deborah Sawyerr, James Preston, Laura Harvey and Shazia Mustafa to the PiPA Board.

Every new Board Member brings a wealth of experience and expertise, not just as parents and carers, but as respected industry professionals. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and work across the breadth of the performing arts and media sector, providing a diversity of knowledge and experience which will strengthen our board immeasurably.

Find out more
Black Leaders Awareness Day

We believe a truly world class performing arts is inclusive of all talents & circumstances. To mark Black Leaders Awarenss Day 2021, PiPA responded to the racial abuse targeting our friends at Ballet Black and Talawa Theatre Company by highlighting some of the incredible parent/carer Black Leaders in our sector.

🏿 Black Parent and Carer Leaders you should know about
Carers Week
New PiPA Resources released during Carers Week:
This pair of resources will help both managers and employees discuss the impact of caring responsibilities, and steer the conversation towards positive and practical solutions.
Launch of 'Opportunity Tuesday'
Are you looking for a new role? PiPA's latest social media initiative can help!
Once a fortnight, PiPA has been posting a list of part-time and/or flexible opportunities in the Performing Arts that would be ideal for parents and carers.

The latest 'Opportunity Tuesday' lists can be found here:
LinkedIn / Facebook / Twitter

Are you advertising a job share? A part time post or flexible performing arts job that would be ideal for a parent or carer? Let us know, we would love to it in our next Opportunity Tuesday. Email:

Please note that The PiPA Office will be CLOSED from 23rd - 31st August. We'll be taking a break to spend some time with our families, rest and reset.
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