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Work Placements at the National Theatre

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Work Placements at the National Theatre

The aim of the Work Placement programme at the National Theatre is to create opportunities in theatre for as many people as possible, across a broad range of disciplines and departments. 

Work Placements

Work Placements at the NT are for people aged 18 and over, and are offered in a variety of different departments. Placements are open to UK-based applicants and aimed at those with relevant experience, often (but not always) in higher education, on the second or third year of a relevant course. The NT also offers placements to recent graduates and career changers with the right attitude and experience.

If the department you are interested in is currently accepting applications for work placements please view the role out lines and use the question sheet provided to apply for the role.  You are able to apply for more than one department but you must use a separate question sheet for each department. 

It is advised that you apply for a placement as far in advance as possible as popular departments receive a number of requests for placements and fill up spaces quickly.

If the department you are interested in is listed but not currently offering work placement please check back here soon as there are regular updates made to this page. We politely ask that you do not contact departments directly.

PLEASE NOTE: Placements will NOT be available in Acting, Directing, Producing, Casting or Set Design.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with your application you can email workplacements@nationaltheatre.org.uk

We encourage applications from all sections of the community and in particular those which are currently under-represented at the NT including BAME & disabled candidates.

Paid Internships

The NT offers a number of paid internships through Creative Access, throughout the year. You can have a look at the Creative Access website for more details.

Volunteering Opportunities

  • NT Archive

The NT Archive is situated outside the main NT building on The Cut, next to the Old Vic Theatre. Volunteering opportunities vary in duration and are aimed at those with a strong interest and qualification in Archiving. Email the Archive Assistant (archive@nationaltheatre.org.uk) for more information and details on how to apply.

Opportunities for under-18s

The NT is not able to offer individual work experience to people under-18.

If you are under-18 and interested in getting involved with the National Theatre, you can look at our Youth Programme for 16–21-year-olds. From Q&As to workshops and screenings to short courses, if you are aged 16–21 then there is an opportunity for you at the NT. For more information please visit the Young People pages on the NT website

 

Details of Departments offering placements

Each department will have different times in which they are accepting applications, it is advised that you send in an application as far in advance as possible.

It is advised that you apply up to six months in advance for speculative applications. 

All applications must be made using a question sheet; CVs alone are not permitted.  We do endeavour to respond to all applications, however we do ask for your patience.  

  • Commercial Operations (Audience Experience)

Commercial Operations at the NT covers many of the Front of House departments in the organisation: Catering, Kitchens, Events, Retail, House Management, Tours, Facilities Management, Finance, and Human Resources. Due to the wide scope of the department, for the most part, placements can be offered to applicants from a variety of different backgrounds and last between 1-4 weeks. Please focus on only one of these areas in your placement application. 

The question sheet for Commercial Operations at the NT can be downloaded here

  • Costume & Running Wardrobe

The Costume department is made up of several departments which offer placements: Ladies Making, Running Wardrobe, Dye Shop and Buying Department. Applicants should identify the discipline they would prefer to work in.  As the nature of costume work is constantly varied, no guarantees can be given as to specific techniques or skills you will encounter at the time of the placement, but successful candidates will be able to gain an accurate view and experience a busy working Costume department. Applicants should be on year two or three of a relevant costume course or have equivalent experience; placements last up to two weeks. 

The Costume & Running Wardrobe role outline can be downloaded here

This department is not currently accepting new applications. Please check back in the New Year

  • Digital Drawing

The Digital Drawing Office makes use of Computer Aided Design technology to assist the design and production process. We offer 2 week placements for candidates interested in developing their skills in theatre set drawing and production. We offer placements to both recent graduates and career changers. Basic IT skills are essential and some understanding of either AutoCAD or Adobe Products is very helpful.  

The Digital Drawing role outline can be downloaded here

This department is not currently accepting new applications.

  • Graphic Design Studio

The Graphic Design Studio produces images for all productions and plays a vital role in supporting the NT’s other activities. It produces printed and digital materials to support the marketing of all NT projects, and within the building designs everything from signage to uniforms. Placements take place four times per year and last two to three weeks. These opportunities are aimed at those in the third year or recent graduates of a relevant course. Applicants should be able to demonstrate digital and print design skills and have a positive, can-do attitude. Please note that the earliest the department will be able to accommodate any applicants is January 2019.

The Graphic Design Studio role outline can be downloaded here

This department is not currently accepting new applications.

  • HR Department

The HR Department helps the National create value through its people by developing long-term strategies for growth and development. The department deals with all staff-related matters including writing policies and procedures and communicating them to staff and managers, recruitment and selection, absence management, performance management, diversity and inclusion, pay and benefits, welfare, and training and development. They also deal with legal issues, help to shape the culture of the organisation and focus on what keeps staff productive and engaged. Placements last 1-2 weeks and are aimed at those with a strong interest in arts administration and an enthusiastic, proactive attitude.  This department is currently full until January 2019.

The HR Department role outline can be downloaded here

The HR Department question sheet can be downloaded here​

  • Learning 

The department are currently advertising for an events placement in the learning programme across the build up to and delivery of February half term activities. Placements should be in second or third year of a relevant course in drama and theatre studies, applied drama or arts management, or have equivalent experience which could be from employment or training. 

The placement would run for three weeks:

  • Week beginning 4th February – 2/3 days for induction and training
  • Week beginning 11th February – 5 days
  • Week beginning 18th February – 5 days (delivery week)

The Learning department role outline can be downloaded here

The Learning department question sheet can be downloaded here

Closing date for applications for this placement is 7th January 2019 

  • Lighting

The Lighting department is made up of Lighting Operational teams in the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres and supported by the Lighting Resources and Lighting Control teams. Placements last between 1-4 weeks and are usually focused around tech periods in the theatres. Applicants should be studying at degree level in year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience. 

The Lighting department role outline can be downloaded here

The Lighting department question sheet can be downloaded here

  • Scenic Construction

Scenic Construction at the NT covers the Metal Workshop and Carpentry Workshop. Placements last between 2-3 weeks and are aimed at those who can demonstrate a strong desire to work in a scenic workshop or students on year two or three of a relevant course, or those who can demonstrate they have equivalent experience.  This Department is full until October. 

The Scenic Construction role outline can be downloaded here

The Scenic Construction question sheet can be downloaded here

  • Scenic Painting

Placements in the Scenic Studio last two weeks. Applicants should be on year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience. 

The Scenic Painting role outline can be downloaded here

Placements are now allocated until June 2019, we will reopen the application process in January 2019.

  • Sound & Video 

The Sound & Video department is made up of sound & video technicians for the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres, Video Specialists and the Sound Resources & Events department. Placements last between 2-6 weeks and are focused around tech periods in the theatres or specific events. Applicants should have some experience within a backstage or theatrical environment, be enthusiastic and interested in developing a career in sound and/or video; we also welcome those studying on a HE course in their second or third year.

The Sound & Video role outline can be downloaded here

The Sound & Video question sheet can be downloaded here

  • Stage Management

The Stage Management department at the NT are a key part in the organisation and coordination of an NT production. We offer 4-6 week placements for candidates interested in a career in Stage Management. The placements will be show specific and will give successful candidates the opportunity to gain an accurate view and experience of a busy Stage Management department

The Stage Management role outline can be downloaded here

This department is not currently accepting new applications.

  • Stage Crew

The Stage department is made up of the stage crews in the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres in the NT building. Placements last between 3-4 weeks and are usually focused around fit up and tech periods.

The Stage department role outline can be downloaded here

The Stage department question sheet can be downloaded here

  • Production

The Production department oversees the production management of all the shows at the National Theatre. Production placements last between 2-4 weeks to allow candidates the opportunity to experience the whole production process from start to finish.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of technical theatre and demonstrate an enthusiastic and proactive attitude. Successful candidates are usually on year two or three of a relevant degree course or have equivalent experience.  

Please note that a Production Management placement at the NT does not offer any Producing experience.

The Production Management role outline can be downloaded here

The Production Management question sheet can be downloaded here

  • Props

Placements in the Props department last one to two weeks. Opportunities are offered in Prop Making and Prop Buying. Applicants for Prop Making placements should have demonstrable craft experience and include pictures of previous work in their application; applicants for Prop Buying should have some experience in either stage management or prop sourcing.

Please ensure that pictures of your work are included in your application. 

This department is not currently accepting new applications.

  • Wigs, Hair & Make-Up

Placements in the Wigs, Hair and Make-Up department last two weeks and are based almost entirely around wig dressing; a good understanding of wig dressing is required. Applicants need to be on year two or three of a relevant course or have equivalent experience. 

This department is now accepting applications for placement openings between these date:

This department is not currently accepting new applications.