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Resident Director – New Work

Fantastic opportunity for a theatre lover with production experience to support new and developing talent with one of London’s most renowned theatres…

The National Theatre’s New Work Department seeks to create an engine room for developing work towards production for all the National Theatre’s stages. The New Work Department team grow a slate of commissioned plays and process-led work, managing the step by step progress of work towards production.

They are looking for a Resident Director to join the New Work Department on a 6 month contract from 2nd September 2019 to 6thMarch 2020. The purpose of the role will be to cast all workshops and play readings for the New Work Department, deal directly with actors, creatives, agents, and liaise with other NT departments – additionally to administratively support the activity of the New Work Department; printing scripts, creating contact sheets and making general preparations for incoming work.

To give you a better idea of what’s involved, here’s a short film featuring some of their previous Resident Directors.


  • Casting actors for workshop projects as required from company actors and beyond; liaising with visiting artists, agents and NT staff
  • Administratively preparing for workshops as required, to include the creation of contact lists, copying scripts, and calling actors
  • Maintaining accurate & secure records of actor days and contact details
  • Watching NT rep shows and building a good knowledge of company actors
  • Attending team meetings and planning meetings and supporting the day-to-day running of the department as required
  • Attending weekly shows meeting, seeing work and feeding back to the New Work Department with show reports
  • Occasionally working as an Assistant Director on workshops as and when necessary
  • Occasionally directing workshop readings with writers on attachment as and when necessary
  • Assisting the New Work Team administratively in planning and delivery of workshops


  • Evidence of a strong commitment to being a theatre director, with experience of having directed at least three professional productions; (i.e. having had a public run of at least 5 performances)
  • Some experience of working as an Assistant Director on professional productions
  • Knowledge, and experience of working with, the widest range of performers. In particular, a commitment to promote artists from underrepresented backgrounds and actively promoting inclusion and diversity
  • A working knowledge of D/deaf and disabled artists would be beneficial
  • The ability to prioritise, multitask and to deliver work accurately and with attention to detail
  • The confidence and ability to communicate and work with people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills including the ability to work calmly under pressure
  • The ability to respect confidentiality and use discretion
  • A commitment to the development of theatre in its broadest forms
  • An ability to discuss performers working on main stages across the country with leading artists in a detailed and specific way related to their appropriateness for projects that they are developing


  • Follow this link to apply
  • The closing date for the receipt of a CV and cover letter (max. 2 pages PDF) is: 9 am Wednesday 22 May 2019
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website