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Producing and casting trainee

Producing and casting trainee

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 19/06/2024
Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse

Closing date for applications: 19th June at 11.59pm

Salary: £25,643 (equivalent to London Living Wage)

Working hours: Full time, 40 hours per week (10am-6pm) plus evening work required

Duration: 12 months

Location: Donmar Warehouse Offices, 3 Dryden St, London WC2E 9NA

Start date: mid-July 2024


Don't miss an exciting opportunity to develop knowledge of producing theatre & get real insight into making exceptional theatre productions at the Donmar Warehouse.

The Donmar Warehouse makes unmissable, exceptional productions of classic plays, new works by leading writers, and intimate musicals to thrill and inspire audiences. In converted Covent Garden warehouse space, in the heart of London’s West End, audiences experience the power of live performance up close, sitting no more than four rows away from the action.

Being part of the producing and casting teams, during the traineeship you will gain an understanding of working in a busy producing department, develop knowledge and skills around casting, liaise with the artistic team, and undertake administrative duties. You will grow and build relationships across a range of departments and learn from highly experienced team members and artists.

The role will work closely with the Senior Producer, Casting Director, Assistant Producer and Company Stage Manager to support the delivery of casting, workshops and readings and will deliver production and casting based admin across all productions.

This traineeship will allow you to develop the core skills needed to apply for junior vacancies in the industry, including relevant positions at Donmar Warehouse.


What you will learn

  • A good understanding of the theatre industry
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Strong casting knowledge
  • Understanding of the production process
  • Confidence in communicating with a variety of people
  • Knowledge of casting databases and systems
  • Knowledge of production cycles and planning for a producing theatre
  • Principles of negotiation and contracts
  • Understanding of working with artists, creatives and agents


Key activities


  • Providing admin support across productions, including drafting of contracts and emails, tracking of expenses, creation of contact sheets and managing department databases and correspondence
  • Drafting and administration of contracts and processes, supported by the Assistant Producer
  • Arranging travel and accommodation for creative teams and company members
  • Administration of payrolls and other financial transactions, with support from the Assistant Producer
  • Ensuring consistent and accurate internal communication of planning and production information as appropriate
  • Booking rehearsal spaces
  • Administration of Press Nights, working closely with the Assistant Producer
  • Supporting Stage Management teams as required


  • Providing admin support to the department, including managing up-to-date databases and answering casting enquiries 
  • Drafting correspondence and checking actor availability
  • Researching actors for new projects and readings
  • Drafting character breakdowns
  • Reading and analysing scripts for Casting and Literary
  • Administration of actor lists
  • Administration of taped auditions
  • Setting up auditions including booking spaces, admin of auditions including preparation of audition materials
  • Running and supporting auditions 
  • Supporting preparations and delivery of script readings and workshops in house 
  • Ensuring consistent and accurate internal communication of casting information as appropriate
  • Attending showcases, readings and performances on behalf of the Donmar and reporting back


What we are looking for 

  • A desire to pursue a career in the arts
  • Passion for theatre and making creative work
  • Understanding of casting processes on projects
  • An eagerness to learn and develop new skills
  • Attention to detail in all work, with excellent administration and organisational skills
  • Adaptable approach to work, with the ability to work at speed and under time constraints
  • Ability to use initiative and work as part of a busy team
  • Experience of working in an office context, either as a volunteer, work experience or employee
  • Ability to plan your workload and meet deadlines
  • Good communication and an ability to get along with a variety of people
  • Ability to prioritise, work well under pressure and adapt to new situations
  • A ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Good IT skills, with sound knowledge of Google software (Gmail, Google Drive)
  • Willingness to work outside of core office hours on a regular basis (time off in lieu will be given to make up for any out of hours work)
  • There are no academic requirements for this role; instead, we're looking for candidates with a passion for theatre.


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address:


This opportunity is only open to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, who are under-represented in the industry and workforce.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.

Level of experience

  • Entry