Following our open call for applications last week, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be supporting Steffan Donnelly and Glesni Price-Jones to take part in the National Freelance Taskforce.

Steffan Donnelly is an actor, director, and writer, living and working in North Wales and London. As Artistic Director of Invertigo Theatre Company, he makes new theatre playing with form, classics, and lesser-known stories in Welsh and English. Steffan has produced theatre in Wales and internationally, and is also an Arts Associate with Arts Council Wales.

Glesni Price-Jones is a freelance creative producer and previously worked as a stage manager. Over the last 10 years, Glesni has worked with a number of Wales’ most prominent organisations, including Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, August 012, Neontopia, Be Aware Productions, National Dance Company Wales, Powderhouse and Dirty Protest.   

Freelancers representing 140 organisations are already involved, covering a wide range of disciplines. More information on the Task Force can be found here.

On Thursday 21 May 2020 a group of performing arts organisations, including producing companies and venues, jointly signed a letter detailed here in support of the freelancers who make up a large and vital part of the ecology of the performance sector.

The letter had three main aims:

  • To listen and respond to the needs of freelancers in the performing arts;
  • To call for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme to be extended in line with furloughing and until theatres can reopen in earnest;
  • To establish a Freelance Task Force of self-employed theatre and performance makers.

Each organisation signing up to the letter has committed to paying a freelancer for 13 days throughout June, July and August to join the Freelance Task Force.

We are proud to be part of this initiative alongside many of our peers across the UK, and we fully support the creation of a #FreelanceTaskForce.