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Casting Assistant

Do you have demonstrable experience working as an Assistant within a professional theatre company? Then check out this role with this prestigious theatre company…

The National Theatre is dedicated to making the very best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible. Their work is also seen on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with regional theatres.

National Theatre’s Casting Department consists of the Head of Casting, Deputy Head of Casting, Casting Associate, and two Casting Assistants, including this appointment. The department takes responsibility for the casting of up to 25 productions mounted on the stages at the National Theatre every year together with those produced by the Learning Department. It also liaises with the National’s New Work Department on casting for its projects.

As Casting Assistant, you will work as an active member of the Casting Department and take independent responsibility in five specific areas. You will provide full administrative support to the Head of Casting and all members of the Casting Department in casting the repertoire, and ensure the smooth-running of the Casting office.


Independent responsibilities

  • The communication of information regarding the Acting Company to all relevant departments throughout the building clearly and efficiently in line with the National’s communication objectives this includes producing, distributing and maintaining documents such as Cast and Contact lists and proof-reading anything relating to the Casting Department prior to publication
  • Managing the diary of the Head of Casting
  • Researching the possibility of releasing actors to enable them to accept ‘outside’ work
  • Organising first and last night cards
  • Booking rooms for auditions both internally and externally; preparing audition rooms before sessions begin and tidying a12 Monfter sessions finish

Supporting the Casting of the Repertoire

  • Checking the availabilities of actors
  • Arranging auditions when required, distributing scripts and supervising audition days in the absence of the Casting Directors, and being prepared to attend auditions and read in with actors when instructed
  • Giving information over the telephone and by email to agents and/or actors about the casting of the repertoire, and passing on feedback
  • Becoming familiar with the scripts being cast and visit Regional, Fringe, West End and Drama School productions to develop knowledge of actors and their work
  • Being responsible for obtaining actors’ personal details and headshots once cast and contracted
  • Assisting on the casting of supernumeraries and children (including organising licences)
  • Assisting the NT Studio and NT Learning with their casting requirements, where appropriate

Managing the Office

  • Taking principal responsibility for managing invoices and preparing the monthly credit card report
  • Maintain efficient office systems for handling post, email and answering correspondence, and dealing with general enquiries in consultation with the Head of Casting; initiate new systems when necessary
  • Carry out a range of related office duties e.g. filing, photocopying, keeping a good stock of stationery items, ensuring there is an adequate supply of scripts and distributing correspondence and papers
  • Maintaining the CHORUS database


  • To support 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
  • To comply with the National’s Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety and Data Protection policies at all times
  • To undertake any other duties which may reasonably be required
  • To undertake training deemed necessary by your manager


  • Demonstrable experience working as an Assistant within a professional theatre company or comparable arts organisation, or some experience working as an Assistant to a professional Casting Director
  • The ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills in dealing with people in person, by correspondence and on the telephone
  • A knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, drama/theatre, actors and acting
  • Previous administration experience in an office environment
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft Office
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good attention to detail including the ability to proof-read and correct own work
  • The ability to set up and run office administration systems
  • A willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary


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  • In your application, state that you heard about this role through Creative Access