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Artistic development at Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse aims to be a hub for creative excellence – a great artistic beacon in the North.

Our mission is to create world class, relevant and compelling theatre and to transform people’s lives by the power and vitality of our work.  We aim to have a company, an artistic programme and an audience that reflects the diversity of the society we live in.

The Playhouse’s creative ecology is made up of three main parts: our programme of produced and visiting work; our creative engagement activity and our Furnace programme of artistic development.

We use the word Furnace to describe all of the work we do to generate and create new performance work and support and nourish our local creative community.

Furnace is Leeds Playhouse’s development engine. It’s where we develop audacious artistic voices and vital new theatre for the stage.

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Nine Night Assistant Director PAID directing opportunity

  • Nine Night Assistant Director PAID directing opportunity

    What’s the opportunity?

    • We are looking for an Assistant Director to work on Nine Night written by Natasha Gordon and directed by Amanda Huxtable.

    • An Assistant Director supports the Director in the creation of the production. They also run warm-ups and are sometimes invited to lead rehearsals. They visit the show during performances on the director’s behalf, checking how the play is doing and giving notes to the actors.

    • This is an early career position.

    • As we work to reflect the diversity of the UK theatre industry today, we are very keen to receive applications for this role from the widest of backgrounds. Because of the artistic enquiry of this piece, we are particularly interested in meeting artists from the African and Caribbean diaspora.

    What’s the deal?
    • You will receive a fee of £4,000 plus up to £500 towards your expenses, including
    accommodation for the dates in Nottingham.
    • You need to be available for all (or the majority) of the dates: 22nd August – 28th September (rehearsals – press night); 10 days between 29th September and 15th October (time in the Artistic Planning team at Leeds Playhouse); 17th – 20th October (transfer to Nottingham Playhouse)
    • You must be based in West Yorkshire. This is because we are committed to fostering our local ecology, so even if you are happy to commute from further afield, you are not eligible to apply for this role.

    Deadline: Friday 10 June at 6pm.

    Read the full specifications of the role and apply here.

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Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
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