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Wanted by Finborough Theatre: two fledgling directors

Finborough Theatre. Photo credit: Matt Freestone.

FINBOROUGH Theatre is offering two directors at the beginning of their careers a six month paid opportunity to gain valuable experience assisting on new writing projects, music theatre and innovative revivals of neglected classic texts whilst learning the administrative skills needed to run a leading Off West End theatre.

The successful applicants should demonstrate an interest in text-based work (especially new writing) and music theatre. For more information on the artistic policy and work of the Finborough Theatre, visit

Founded in 1980, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre presents vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries, focusing on new British writing, UK premieres of overseas drama, particularly from the United States, Canada, Ireland and the English-speaking world, music theatre and an idiosyncratic selection of unjustly neglected work from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Finborough Theatre focuses not only on the play, but on the total theatrical experience – regularly attracting the finest emerging directors and designers to work with award-winning actors.

As part of an individually tailored programme, each Resident Assistant Director (RAD) will assist on at least two Finborough Theatre productions, attend programming and policy meetings, be responsible for assisting the Resident Casting Director and will also work closely with the Finborough’s Literary Department as a scriptreader and on literary workshops. The successful applicant will also be required to support the management team of the Finborough Theatre with general administration throughout their placement.

On successful completion of the placement, selected RADs will be offered the opportunity to present a Sunday/Monday production at the Finborough Theatre. Previous Resident Assistant Directors have gone on to permanent positions at venues such as the National Theatre, Clywd Theatr Cymru and the Donmar Warehouse.

Each RAD will be mentored by Artistic Director Neil McPherson (who has more than 30 years experience in professional theatre) to provide support and advice on pastoral issues, personal development to help prepare them for a career in professional theatre and obtaining paid employment elsewhere.

This is a training position lasting six months, running from August 2014 to January 2015. A fee of £1500 will be paid to each Resident Assistant Director, with the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust. Whilst it is appreciated that candidates may also need to undertake other work to support themselves, a serious time commitment and focus on the theatre will be required, but every possible accommodation will be made. Candidates should not allow lack of funds to dissuade them from applying.

Please note that this opportunity is not suitable for people who have just graduated from an undergraduate degree. Your application is more likely to be successful if you have completed a period of postgraduate study in directing or possess an equivalent period of relevant experience, particularly if your undergraduate degree was not theatre related. For those who have graduated in 2014, The Finborough Theatre would recommend its internship programme first.

To apply, please include your CV and a covering letter giving some details of why you believe you would be suitable for this post. The closing date is Sunday, July 20, 2014 at midnight. Longlisted candidates will be contacted on Monday, July 21 with homework to complete by Sunday, July 27. Interviews will take place in the week of Monday, August 4.

Please email your application to

Please write “RAD PROGRAMME” in your email subject line.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.