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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £24,700 per annum
6 months (20 September 2021 - 18 March 2021)
Company:National Theatre
Open to all
Apply by:28/06/2021 - 09:00

Resident Director

Do you have some directing experience? A commitment to the development of theatre? If so, take a look at this exciting role!

The National Theatre’s (NT) mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone. It aims to reach the widest possible audience and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible with a broad range of productions that play in London, on tour around the UK, on Broadway and across the globe.

They are looking for a Resident Director to join the New Work Department on a 6-month fixed-term contract. The purpose of the role is to cast all workshops and play readings for the New Work Department, dealing directly with actors, creatives, agents, and liaising closely with NT’s Casting Department. You will also administratively support the activity of the New Work Department, printing scripts, creating contact sheets and making general preparations for incoming work.


  • Casting actors for workshop projects as required; liaising with visiting artists, agents and NT staff, in particular the Casting Department
  • Administratively preparing for workshops as required, to include the creation of contact lists, copying scripts, and calling actors
  • Attending team meetings and planning meetings and supporting the day-to-day running of the department as required
  • Attending shows meetings, seeing work and feeding back to the New Work Department with show reports
  • Watching NT shows and building a good knowledge of company actors
  • Occasionally working as an Assistant Director on workshops as and when necessary
  • Assisting the New Work Project Manager administratively in planning and delivery
  • Attending NT company meet and greets as required
  • Complying with the National’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies at all times
  • Supporting the National’s communications objectives by sharing information with your manager, team and colleagues as appropriate, whilst respecting confidentiality, so that you and your colleagues have all the information you need to perform your duties effectively

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Evidence of a strong commitment to being a theatre director, with experience of having directed at least one professional productions (by professional they mean having had a public run of at least 5 performances)
  • Experience of working professionally as an Assistant Director on main stages around the country
  • Demonstrable experience casting artists from all different backgrounds, and a commitment to keeping performers from historically underrepresented backgrounds visible and valued in the casting process
  • A good working knowledge of actors from different disciplines and with different abilities, including those with established theatre careers who may be working in leading roles around the country
  • Excellent organisational skills including the ability to work calmly under pressure
  • The ability to prioritise, multitask and to deliver work accurately and with attention to detail while respecting confidentiality

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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