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Founded in 1956, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world-leading youth arts organisation. We discover, develop and launch diverse talented young people aged 14 to 25 from across the UK, providing high quality practical experience in performance and technical theatre. We pride ourselves on spotting potential and are a company of firsts, continually breaking the mould and cementing our reputation as the home of the best of young British talent. 

Below are our current vacancies. If you'd like to join our jobs mailing list to be alerted when positions in our creative, backstage and administrative teams become availiable fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

Playing Up Trainee Manager 

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National Youth Theatre are expanding our team with this new role within our Inclusion Programme. We’re looking for a Trainee Project Manager to join our team from September 2021- July 2023 on a fixed-term part time basis (3 days per week) to support the management, delivery and development of our flagship Playing Up Programme.

This dynamic new trainee initiative offers an individual the opportunity for the development of management and leadership skills within an award-winning participatory arts programme.

We’re looking for a confident and experienced coordinator at a relatively early career stage to step into a supported, facilitated Trainee Manager role.  Ideally our candidates will have a track-record of drama/creative facilitation, relationship management and Programme or Project administration experience.  The Trainee Manager will co-manage and tutor on our Level 3 Accredited course delivered in partnership with The JGA Group. The role will support young people, who are aged 19-25 years old and currently unemployed, to undertake an OCN Access to Higher Education Diploma in Theatre Arts.

The Playing Up Programme has been established for 13 years within NYT and places inclusion and inclusive practice at the heart of our creative community and actively removes barriers that might prevent young people participating in the arts Each year the Playing Up Company co-create a dynamic new production with leading professionals Writers, Directors and other Creative Associate roles at an exciting professional London venue.  This year our Playing UP Company will stage the masters’s house at the company’s new Workshop Theatre, written by babirye bukilwa and directed by Chris Sonnex and babirye bukilwa. babirye's debut play …blackbird hour was shortlisted for the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, made the finals of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Playwriting, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Alfred Fagon Award. Chris was Artistic Director of the Bunker Theatre when it was named Fringe Theatre of the Year by The Stage Newspaper in 2020.

Line managed by the Playing Up Manager and supported by the Associate Director and the broader NYT team, this role will be based at The National Youth Theatre in our newly redeveloped building at 443-445 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LW.

We are keen to ensure that the diversity of our team reflect the diversity of the Young Participants that we support.  As an equal opportunities and disability confident employer, we actively encourage disabled people and people from backgrounds currently underrepresented in our team to apply. If you require any of this information in another format or have any access requirements to complete your application get in touch on jobs@nyt.org.uk / 020 7561 8661 and we’ll be happy to help.

Watch how we’ve helped young people stay creative and connected in 2020.

Deadline: Mid-day Monday 26 July 2021

Salary: £28k, (pro rata)

Apply here by uploading a CV and cover letter, short film or voice recording on why you’d like to work with us.

Creative & Production Team Professionals: Open Call 

National Youth Theatre is looking to hear from Creative & Production Team Professionals passionate about creating work with and for young people.  

We’re currently looking to expand the network of Creative & Production Team Professionals we work with on our future National Youth Theatre productions and R&D processes which will take place both nationally and at our newly redeveloped National Production House in North London in 2021. NYT productions have young people at their heart with National Youth Theatre members forming the cast as well as part of the production team of all of our projects, which means a genuine enthusiasm for supporting the development of young people is a crucial aspect of any role on one of our productions.  

The specialisms we are currently looking to hear from are: 

  • Company Stage Managers
  • Stage Managers
  • Movement Directors 
  • Choreographers 
  • Composers
  • Sound Designers
  • Lighting Designers
  • Set and Stage Designers 
  • Costume Designers 
  • Head of Costumes
  • Costume Supervisors 

We are particularly interested in hearing from professionals from ethnic backgrounds currently underrepresented in the creative industries and those who are d/Deaf or disabled. 

To submit yourself to be part of our pool of Creative & Production Team Professionals please complete this short form by 10am, Monday 5 July. 

One of our upcoming productions we are looking for creatives to join the team of is a new play by Lakesha Arie-Angelo taking place in Summer 2021. 

A clique of Caribbean maroon warrior women, a general of Haiti and his right hand man, an ex enslaved couple reclaiming their land, a group of Black French Caribbean soldiers held captive in Portchester and their wives travelling across the Atlantic to be reunited with them. These are the Ancestors- manifesting in our world, in the hopes we can stop history repeating itself, but do we really hold the key? What dark forces are still currently at play? 

A promenade piece that explores the grounds of Portchester Castle and the voices of Black revolutionaries that history has continued to silence, until now. 

Written by Lakesha Arie-Angelo and directed by Jade Lewis, with Mumba Dodwell directing the initial Research & Development period, a new play forming part of Freedom and Revolution, a collaborative project in partnership with English Heritage Shout Out Loud and University of Warwick. 

Rehearsal Dates: 19 July – 14 August, Production Dates: 16-22 August 

Location: London Rehearsals + Portchester Rehearsals and Production 

We are particularly interested in hearing from Black creatives and professionals to join this project. If you are particularly interested in working on this project please flag this on your submission.  

Drama Inclusion Facilitators (Kickstart) 

We are currently recruiting 30 young people aged 18-24 who are interested in supporting disabled young people to learn through drama in an inclusive way to join our team as Inclusion Facilitators.

Part of National Youth Theatre’s new Inclusive Practice Collective, these six month long job placements offer young people interested in a future in the creative industries a chance to receive dedicated training in Inclusive Practice and drama facilitation from National Youth Theatre, and put their learning into practice through a four month long work placement within a non-mainstream school setting. Our Inclusion Facilitators will facilitate regular drama activity with students with the aim of building their confidence and creativity as well as working towards a performance which will form part of a digital festival staged in 2022.
We will be working with non-mainstream schools and colleges across Greater Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, West Yorkshire and London and we’re looking for young people from these areas who are interested in developing their drama facilitation skills and supporting disabled and/or neurodiverse people to access the arts

This opportunity is funded by the Government’s Kickstart Scheme and in order to be eligible you will need to be aged between 18-24 and currently in receipt of Universal Credit.

Contact our Inclusion Project Manager Michelle.Temperley@nyt.org.uk to find out more about how you can submit an application. 

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National Youth Theatre Culture 

At the National Youth Theatre we want to create a culture that is inclusive, creative and collaborative. We celebrate all the ways we are different and aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and do their best work. We want our culture to create spaces where young people from around the UK can be together, be brave and create bold work. We ask everyone involved in making each project to approach it with generosity, curiosity, kindness and respect. We believe that we do better work together than we would apart and that our work is richer and stronger thanks to the different backgrounds and experiences that everyone in our company brings. Through our work we want to be connected and responsive to each other, our communities, our industry and the wider world. Whatever your background or wherever you’re from, we invite you to support our mission to be a creative force for good at a critical time for our industry, country and world.

Recruitment Transparency

As part of our ongoing commitment to make NYT more inclusive and representative, we’re publishing the below information about our recruitment processes for permanent and freelance staff. We’ll continue to review and refine these processes as part of our on-going work to increase transparency.

  • All permanent roles will be publicly advertised at www.nyt.org.uk/jobs and we will proactively work to encourage applications from people with characteristics currently under-represented in our permanent team. We also commit to notifying all applicants who have been unsuccessful. If you want to apply to work at NYT in any capacity, join our jobs mailing list below, which we email all recruitment call-outs to. 
  • The opportunity to become a youth trustee will be advertised within our membership once every 18 months at www.nyt.org.uk/jobs, with proactive recruitment to ensure representation of the diversity of our membership and Britain's youth in all its forms.
  • Work-experience at National Youth Theatre are currently being focused within our home borough of Islington and for disabled young people. 

In the last twelve months we've advertised new roles, including: NYT REP Company Production Director, Inclusion Project Manager, Stepping Up Manager and Creative Facilitator, Stepping Up Assistant, Front of House Assistant, Youth Trustee, Director of Finance and Operations, Literary Associate and Project Manager (Senior and Junior Courses).


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