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Casting Policy & Breakdowns

Casting Policy & Breakdowns

Leeds Playhouse Casting Policy

The Playhouse is committed to promoting theatre as an activity for all. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity across all areas of our work. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society.

We pledge to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and not discriminate on grounds of gender and gender reassignment, marital or maternal status, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

In doing this, we believe that the theatre we make, and the arts more broadly, will remain open and relevant to everyone. In not doing this, we would jeopardise our art form and its place in society in the future.

With casting at the Leeds Playhouse, we wish to ensure opportunities are given to excellent artists, from all walks of life. We are actively seeking greater gender and ethnic representation within our casts. We are committed to creating opportunities for D/deaf and disabled performers through our commitment to the Ramps on the Moon consortium.

We also have a passionate commitment to ensuring that the Playhouse offers professional actors born, raised or living in the North, an optimal chance to audition for our productions. We believe Northern-based shouldn’t have to travel to London to audition for our productions, and so it is our expectation that all in-house productions hold at least a day of auditions at the Playhouse during the casting process. This day is supported by a rich database of Northern actors whom we have met through our regular local actors’ auditions.

We do not have a permanent, in-house casting director. Instead we work with a range of established casting directors to cast our productions. All of these casting directors plus all in-house show directors are given a copy of our casting policy as detailed above and are invited to be catalysts for change, ensuring diversity is at the heart of their casting process.

We also work with Leeds-based casting director Kay Magson CDG, one of our associate artists, to maintain and broaden our relationships with and knowledge of professional actors based in Yorkshire and the North of England. We regularly host general auditions for local actors, attended by Kay Magson, our artistic director, and our associate director.

We are committed to the Equity Inclusive Casting Policy as found here.

Casting for Playhouse productions during our year of redevelopment

Between July 2018 and August 2019, the West Yorkshire Playhouse will be undergoing an ambitious redevelopment project to make the theatre more open and accessible for the huge variety of audiences, participants and artists we welcome to the theatre each year. During the year of redevelopment we plan to continue creating and delivering work both on the Playhouse site as well as across the city.

We’ll be working with an ensemble ethos throughout the organisation to deliver a broad range of projects and productions.  In this spirit, it is our intention to work with around 30 actors across the year and for these actors to be gender balanced, representative of the diversity of our city, and largely locally based and/or Northern. We hope to work with actors who have had a relationship with the Playhouse during its 27 year history, as well as actors who are new to us. 9 of these actors will form an ensemble company who will perform a selection of plays in rep in a specially created Pop-Up theatre in our workshop. The rest of these actors will be involved in an exciting array of projects throughout the year some of which will be co-produced with local partners.

If you are based in Leeds & West Yorkshire, or were born/raised here, and are interested in being considered for our rep company and for other projects throughout the year, please send your expression of interest and CV or spotlight link to our Casting Associate Kay Magson at

Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors