Assistant Trainee Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse

The position, delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is for candidates from groups who are under-represented in theatre, with a focus on candidates who are BAME (Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority).

This is a paid opportunity to experience the complete arc of a professional rehearsal process, from the first read-through to opening night. This role will support the production’s Director and Assistant Director as required, observing rehearsals, helping with research and supporting any related outreach activity.

The contract includes two projects – one is an exciting opportunity to work on Leeds-based playwright Zodwa Nyoni’s brand new play, Ode to Leeds. And, following this, to assist directors from West Yorkshire Playhouse's award-winning Creative Engagement department to help create a new piece of theatre with members of the local community.

To be considered for this role you must be – Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority, over 18, born, raised or living in Yorkshire, out of education and able to commit to the full-time demands of the role and have some experience as a theatre director, assistant director or in creating live performance.

If you are interested in this opportunity (or know people who might be), please send (or get them to send) a short email/letter (no more than 250 words) OR a short video (3 minutes max), introducing themselves, outlining any theatre or live performance experience they have, and explaining why this would be an opportunity they’d be passionate about doing, along with a cv.

Please send this to Jen Sullivan, Artist Development Co-ordinator on, by 10.00 am on Wednesday 19th April. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 25 April between 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm. A job description and further details please can be found here.