Baylis Assistant Director Season 3

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Job Ref.: 
Baylis 3
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a full time job position
Job Duration: 
5 months
Salary and Benefits: 

The term of appointment will be approximately five months, which may include a six week rehearsal period, a four–eight week run of the show and two weeks post production

Fees will be in line with the Society of London Theatre and UK Equity rates at the time, for Assistant Directors

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Lambeth and Southwark
Job Description: 

The Baylis Assistant Director is a short term (3-5 month) residency at the theatre, providing unique opportunities each season for aspiring directors to work with and learn from seasoned professionals in the industry.

Our next Baylis Assistant Director will have the opportunity to assist Roger Michel on our upcoming production of Mood Music in our third season. Dates will be from March 2018-July 2018 with some preparation anticipated throughout February 2018.


The theatre is London’s independent not-for-profit theatre, a world leader in creativity and entertainment.

The theatre is mercurial: it can be transformed into a theatre in the round, a space for music and comedy, has played host to opera, dance, cinema, music hall, classical dramas, variety, clowns, big spectacles and novelty acts. It was the original home of the English National Opera, the Sadler’s Wells dance company and the National Theatre. It's also been a tavern, a college, a coffee house, a lecture hall and a meeting place.

All of this is now in the bones of the building and is as important a part of its open-armed, inclusive, welcoming personality as its grand historic decor and the iconic performances and famous productions it has housed.

Today, Artistic Director Matthew Warchus is building on 200 years of creative adventure, with the theatre recently being hailed as London’s most eclectic and frequently electrifying theatre. Under his leadership, we aim to be a surprising, unpredictable, ground-breaking, rule-breaking, independent beacon of accessible, uplifting and unintimidating art.

We hold the belief that theatre needs to be cherished, supported and shared with as many people as possible. Our 1000 seats are yours from £10 a ticket. Our productions are diverse, adventurous, new, exciting. Our education and talent programmes allow students to explore and artists of tomorrow to create. Our building is open and alive, day and night. Our theatre is yours.

So, whether you’re looking for a comedy or new musical, a dramatic work or dance performance, a £10 preview, a late-night cocktail or a show you can watch together as a family, there is always something new to entertain at the theatre.

The Role:

The position will span approximately five months, and during this time the Baylis Assistant Director will:

  • Act as an Assistant Director on one production on the theatre's main stage within the Season in which they are appointed.
  • Spend time with other departments in the building, becoming part of the theatre family, networking with staff and learning from creatives.
  • Act as an ambassador and attend Development events where appropriate, learning about how the funding model works for an unsubsidised not-for-profit theatre.
  • Record experiences of their time at the theatre, some elements of which may become part of our online digital content to help animate the experience for other potential candidates and for those interested in a career in theatre directing.
  • The Baylis Assistant Director might also be called upon to assist with casting the production, contribute to our script reading process and collaborate with our education and community outreach work.

How will it work?

The term of appointment will be approximately five months, which may include a six week rehearsal period, a four–eight week run of the show and two weeks post production.

Fees will be in line with the Society of London Theatre and UK Equity rates at the time, for Assistant Directors.

Person specification:

Ideal candidates for this role will:

  • Have directed one professional production (not rehearsed readings or runs of less than 3 weeks), and/or assisted on a number of professional productions
  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to becoming a professional theatre director
  • Be able to articulate their experience thus far in defining their approach, style and taste and how this fits with the theatre’s daring programming
  • Previous experience of working with actor-musicians is desirable but not essential
  • Candidates must also have the independent right to work in the UK to be eligible

To Apply:

Please send a CV and a one page cover letter detailing your relevant experience (and highlighting from within this a previous project which you feel has particular relevance to this scheme), to

The closing date for applications is: 5pm, Monday 4 December. 

To apply for this job please email us a cover letter and your most up-to-date CV.

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