WORLD ACTORS FORUM (W.A.F.)
Applications Are Sought For A Project Manager
The Board of the World Actors Forum wishes to appoint a Project Manager to implement and manage the World Actors Forum, a three-day international event taking place in Dublin in 2013.
The World Actors Forum will take place during Ireland’s Presidency of the E.U. from May 17th to 19th 2013. It is envisaged the appointment will be made from November 5th 2012 to June 30th 2013, and take the form of a contract for services.
Background to the World Actors Forum Project
One outcome of the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin castle last year was the instigation of an idea put forward that Dublin should host a ‘cultural Davos’ in Ireland in 2013. A committee, chaired by Theatre Director Michael Colgan, has been working to crystallise that idea and it is now in a position to implement the concept of a World Actors Forum.
This three-day special event will be a unique celebration of the actor by the actor in a neutral space separate from awards ceremonies, film festivals or press circuits. It is set to fully document the actor as social philanthropist, political activist or cultural ambassador.
Indeed there is a long standing and proud history of actors adopting additional roles as advocates. This has been demonstrated in such notable examples as Elizabeth Taylor’s HIV/Aids humanitarian work, Paul Newman’s association with the Hole in the Wall Gang and Gabriel Byrne’s role as Irish Cultural Ambassador.
The World Actors Forum will provide a platform for the actor to speak about their role within the industry as well as their greater role in society and therefore W.A.F. will serve to re-examine the position of the contemporary actor within the industry as well as the greater world.
Who is Involved?
The Board of the World Actors Forum is currently comprised of:
Paul Bates - Assistant Secretary General, Tourism Division and EU Affairs
Michael Colgan - Director of the Gate Theatre, Dublin
Christine Sisk - Acting Chief Executive - Culture Ireland
Alan Moloney - Film Producer and Director of Parallel Films
James Morris - Chairman, Irish Film Board
Niall Ó’ Donnchú - Assistant Secretary General, Dept. Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Aims of the World Actors Forum Project
The event’s dual aims are that of initiating a dialogue about the acting profession as well as acknowledging the actor’s role in highlighting and supporting social, political, artistic and intellectual world causes.
The key areas the Forum will encompass are:
Arts and Cultural Policy:
-Artistic Directorships, literacy campaigns, cultural ambassadorships.
Health and the Environment:
-Actors founding organisations for sustainable living, actors associated with specific health projects such as autism, mental health, and cancer research.
Justice and Equality:
-Political activism, human rights campaigning.
Education and Skills:
-Personal biographies through interview, talks, master classes on the profession etc.
Enterprise and Innovation:
- Other projects actors are involved in e.g. their own production companies, directing, writing etc.
Format of the World Actors Forum Project
W.A.F. will include nine key note speeches, six public interviews and a wealth of master classes under the following headings:
MONOLOGUES: Key note speeches which will last approximately thirty minutes and may or may not be followed by questions.
DIALOGUES: Informal interviews with a thoroughly informed interviewer.
ASIDES: Master classes- it is hoped that each of the key note speakers and interviewees will agree to give master classes to aspirant actors from Ireland and overseas.
Project Manager Candidate Specification
The Board is now seeking suitably qualified applicants with a proven and recent track record of organising, marketing and executing cultural projects of scale and impact on time and within budget.
The interested candidate should be capable of working on their own initiative, while responding to the needs of the Board as well as a variety of project stakeholders.
The applicant must have experience of the demands of organising and delivering a high profile international event, within set budgetary parameters against challenging timelines.
A thorough understanding, respect and affinity with the acting industry are essential and the candidate must have an energetic and personable demeanour with acute attention to detail.
Applicants should have credibility in the sector and understand the demands of working with a variety of partners in the public and private sectors as well as a proven record of raising sponsorship.
Application Process and Information
Please provide the details of the following with your application.
1. Examples of similar experience and proven record of project management.
2. A C.V. detailing any relevant qualifications.
3. A cover letter outlining suitability to the project and how the candidate meets the requirements of the position.
4. Names and contact details of two referees.
5. Successful applicants in the first round will be asked to submit a detailed proposal including details of cost, timelines and an outline of their general approach to the project.
Applications should be submitted in to:
By 5pm on October 5th, 2012
Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Applicants must hold a current tax clearance certificate.
The Committee accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred by applicants in applying for this position.
Canvassing will disqualify.