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Contract Type:Permanent Contract
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Apply by:01/11/2021 - 09:00

Theatre Design Consultant

Calling all theatre lovers! Want to gain some valuable design experience? Then keep reading and apply for this role with leading theatre company, CharcoalBlue.

Charcoalblue is the world’s leading multi-national theatre, acoustic, and digital consultancy. Founded in 2004, we now have around ninety team members in London, Bristol, Glasgow, New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Seattle, and the Bay Area of California. Our team members currently work in a distributed way across the globe.

Charcoalblue provides guidance and designs for a broad range of buildings and events, including theatre, live performance, music, culture, education, workplaces, entertainment, and sport. We engage with all members of a project team – the clients, architects, engineers, cost consultant, and contractors - on how the design choices they make affect the functionality of the building. 

We strive to be the first and best choice for architects and clients who are designing new theatres or refurbishing existing ones. We want to recruit the finest and most capable people working in the arts or construction sectors today and are actively working to attract and retain a globally diverse team.r own initiative and to be self-motivated.  Training in Theatre Consultancy will be provided.

We are looking to employ an ambitious, innovative and quick-thinking Theatre Design Consultant, based in the UK and working as part of our distributed team. You will undertake a wide range of design tasks and will be required to use your own initiative and to be self-motivated.  Training in Theatre Consultancy will be provided


  • Provide general design and compliance support for projects, working alongside Charcoalblue’s experienced designers and team leaders.
  • When required, you will produce, issue and present your own design solutions, room developments, sketches, drawings, reports, specifications, schedules, budgets and other information.
  • Meeting with clients to evaluate and discuss their needs for a project as they relate to theatre design (and beyond).
  • Working with the external architectural and engineering team to optimize the theatrical requirements of the project ensuring a continuity of the project’s aesthetic aspirations whilst maintaining the production requirements.
  • Working with our designers to develop an understanding of local and international building codes relevant to your area of involvement to ensure that the theatrical ambitions of a project are fulfilled within the local regulations.
  • Communicating with client and design teams to describe our solutions and ensure they reflect the right fit which balances the needs of various project constituents.
  • Participating in site visits for client workshops, architectural coordination, commissioning, witness testing, construction progress, and other purposes as required. This position will require occasional interstate and international travel (noting that during the pandemic most flight travel has been put on hold).
  • When required you will actively manage the delivery of auditorium seating design and other relevant systems to client deadlines which will involve management of Charcoalblue resources, client resources and the work of appointed contractors.
  • You will need to be able to operate with minimal administrative assistance: drafting emails, letters, reports and budgets as necessary, and attending meetings and site visits as required.
  • Working with our Team Leaders to set out project work plans, goals, and deliverables.


  • This role will suit someone at the beginning or in the early stages of their design / consultancy career, with a desire to grow in experience within our team. Minimum anticipated experience of two to five years working ​as a designer with an architectural or theatre related background, and most of all have an interest and passion for the performing arts.
  • You have excellent CAD skills in both 2D and 3D are required. Rendering and visualisation skills would be an advantage, as well as experience of using Autodesk Revit.
  • You have experience in putting together reports and presentations including the ability to lay out text, photographs and drawings will be advantageous. Some ability to manipulate images for inclusion in reports (using InDesign or a similar package) would be advantageous.
  • You understand how to communicate with people at all levels and, importantly, feel confident that you can introduce new ideas using your personal experience as a backdrop.
  • You have knowledge of relevant building health and safety legislation, risk assessment and risk analysis procedures, and an understanding of all matters relating to the successful operation of a venue as a place in which the performing arts can thrive.
  • You ideally have some knowledge of construction contractual issues and the RIBA Work Stages.
  • You ideally understand the holistic and operational needs of all building users, including staff, performers and audiences. Some understanding of the technical infrastructure of a performance venue is advantageous, including lighting, rigging and/or AV systems, an awareness of good backstage architectural planning, seating and sightline issues as well as environmental and acoustical issues.
  • Familiarity with the standard suite of Microsoft Office products is essential. Our written work is an integral part of Charcoalblue’s profile, so a high degree of literacy and accuracy is also important.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and / or Bluebeam is also essential – we operate a paperless office and use the Adobe PDF format for all documents.
  • Experience and interest in live performance, broadcast, and/or events, and a passion for performing arts.



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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