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Nick Hern Books seeking Publishing Assistant

Nick Hern Books, specialist theatre publisher, is seeking a Publishing Assistant – an enthusiastic, adaptable new member of the team to contribute to all aspects of their publishing activity. This is an exciting opportunity to gain varied experience at a vibrant and dynamic independent publishing house.

Job description: You will have responsibilities in the day-to-day running of the office, including:

  • being the first port of call for customers (via telephone and email)
  • processing and supplying orders (including liaising with our distributor)
  • handling invoices, payments, couriers, and incoming/outgoing post

You will also manage a large reprint and stock-control operation, keeping all 1000+ NHB titles available and in print, which often requires typesetting and reformatting of existing publications, as well as liaising with suppliers and printers.

You will perform other duties as reasonably requested by the Production Editors, helping to ensure that new titles progress smoothly from typescript to finished publication, which will include some proofreading and copy-checking. There will also be some additional elements of the role working with the Marketing/Sales team, such as attending conferences and events to sell books, preparing monthly sales reports, and helping to maintain the website.

Person specification: You will need to be well-informed about theatre and ideally have had some practical theatre experience (amateur or professional) or academic qualification in theatre or drama. Knowledge and/or experience of publishing and/or bookselling would be an added advantage.

You’ll need to be:

  • very organised and good at prioritising competing tasks
  • comfortable with customer service over the phone, email and in person
  • computer-literate and confident at learning new software
  • focused and meticulous, with an excellent attention to detail and a good eye for layout and design

We use Apple Mac hardware and associated software, but experience on other systems is equally valid. Typesetting or design experience, especially using QuarkXpress and Photoshop, would be useful, but not essential.

Additional details and benefits:

Place of Work: At the Nick Hern Books office – a self-contained unit on the ground floor of a small office block set back off the Goldhawk Road near Shepherd’s Bush Green and the Bush Theatre. One minute from Goldhawk Road underground station (Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines), eight from Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line and Overground).

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Salary: £25,000 per annum, payable monthly on 25th of each month.

Hours: 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Monday to Friday; with some evening and weekend work, where necessary.

Holidays: 25 days per year, excluding bank holidays and Christmas shutdown.

Pension: Auto-enrolment in company pension scheme, with 10% employer contribution.

Expenses: Theatre tickets, and other relevant expenses.

Trial Period: Three-month trial period.

Notice: One month during trial period, two months thereafter.

How to apply: Please send a CV (not more than one page) and a letter about yourself and your suitability for the job (also not more than one page) by email to Matt Applewhite, at (Overlength applications may be disqualified.)

Applications must arrive by noon on Thursday 22 February 2018 at the latest, with interviews conducted during the week commencing 5 March 2018.

they encourage applications from eligible candidates from backgrounds currently under-represented in the theatre and publishing sectors.

Deadline: Thursday 22 February 2018 at noon

Source: @NickHernBooks

The Scenic Route seeking playwriting tutors

The Scenic Route are currently seeking tutors to lead masterclasses in either playwriting, composition, or devised theatre to join a pool of tutors for upcoming projects to be rolled out later in the year.

The Scenic Route develops projects to support a wide range of theatre makers in their work, one of which is our Creating Theatre Lab – an intensive workshop in cross-disciplinary collaborative theatre. (More details on the lab can be found here.) We are now looking to expand the reach of the labs and develop a version for secondary schools (15+) and community projects.

they are looking to build a pool of tutors who would be interested in delivering a half day masterclass within their discipline on a lab, on an ad hoc basis.

What they are looking for: The ideal tutor will have a professional track record as either a playwright, composer or theatre maker in a devising context, with experience of delivering workshops.

How to apply: Please forward an expression of interest along with your CV or links to your work to Tammy at

Deadline: 23 February 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

Poet in Residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital Arts (paid)

GOSH Arts runs a participatory programme of creative activities and events for children, families and staff and commissions site specific art and design for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) buildings.  For more information please visit

They are recruiting for the freelance role of poet in residence at GOSH to lead weekly sessions with patients and families in outpatient clinics and inpatient wards over the period of 1 year.

The chosen poet will have some flexibility to choose the half day they work at GOSH although the day must be the same each week and must work around the current programme schedule.

Payment: Fees are paid at £210 per day or £115 per half day. Planning is paid in addition to delivery.

Main duties include:

  • Planning and leading participatory workshops/sessions in inpatient and outpatient wards
  • Collecting feedback during sessions
  • Participating in planning and evaluation meetings with the wider artist in residence team
  • Acting as a representative of GOSH Arts whilst at the hospital

What they’re looking for:


  • At least 3 years of experience of working in participatory contexts
  • Evidence of a dynamic and inclusive practice
  • The ability to support vulnerable young people and children
  • The ability to work independently in a busy environment
  • Empathetic and sensitive to the hospital environment but with the ability to maintain professional boundaries and adhere to patient confidentiality requirements
  • The ability to be flexible and reactive to situations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people from different backgrounds


  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of working with children and young people in 1:1 settings
  • Experience of working with other artists using a range of art forms
  • Experience of working with a range of organisations and stakeholders

What to submit:

  • A cover letter of no more than 1 A4 page outlining how you meet the person specification and why you are interested in working with GOSH Arts
  • An up-to-date CV
  • 3 – 6 examples of your work
  • Contact details for 2 referees

How to apply: To apply please send your materials to

Deadline: 12 February 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

Bush Theatre seeking Associate Dramaturg

The Bush Theatre is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and highly organised Associate Dramaturg to lead the Bush’s literary team and play a key role in supporting the Artistic Director in new writer and new play development through commissioning and nurturing new plays and ideas.

The application pack, downloadable from their website, contains the job description and person specification for the position of Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre.

How to apply: To apply for the post please provide a completed application form. Email this and an equal opportunities form to: Arianne Brooks, Please state Associate Dramaturg in the subject line.

Deadline: Monday 5 February 2018 at 10am

Source: @bushtheatre

Talawa seeking New Work Coordinator

Talawa Thatre company is recuiting for a New Work Coordinator.

Talawa is committed to supporting the development of Black emerging and established artists, and in particular we have been championing writers through their twice yearly script reading service, the annual showcase event Talawa Firsts, and through offering residencies and commissions, supported by the Orseis Trust and the John Ellerman Foundation.

The Literary Department has grown in recent years, and has developed a reputation for finding some of the most exciting Black writers from across the country.

They are looking for someone who is passionate about new writing, and interested in supporting the development of Black artists.

Purpose of the role: To provide administrative support to Talawa’s Literary Department and artist development programme, MAKE, ensuring that the departments run smoothly, and that all writers and theatre makers at Talawa are well supported.   See the full job description on the Talawa website.

How to apply: To apply, please complete an application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, both available on their website.

Talawa is an equal opportunities employer. They are committed to working towards a more diverse theatre and cultural industry. Their fees and salaries are at least ITC minimum.

Deadline: Friday 19 January 2018 at 5pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Almeida Theatre seeking Literary Manager

The Almeida produces six shows annually as a programme of new work and revivals in addition to west end and international transfers, touring, broadcast, digital projects and an events programme.

As a member of the artistic team, the Literary Manager will play a strategic role in the development and imagination of the artistic programme.

In their own words: ‘The Almeida Theatre is an equal opportunities employer and our aim is to create a diverse and inclusive working environment which reflects the city we live and work in and the communities and audiences that we engage with. The recruitment process is open to all, but we are particularly keen to hear from people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, as these groups are currently underrepresented.’

How to apply: The job description and application pack can be found on the Almeida Theatre website:

Deadline: 17 January 2018 at 5pm

Source: Guardian Jobs

National Theatre seeks New Work Administrator (18 month FTC, £27,000 p.a.)

While this isn’t technically a playwriting opportunity, we couldn’t resist posting since it puts you right in the heart of supporting the creation of new work!

If you’re passionate for the development of theatre in all its forms, are a highly effective self-starter who is organised and diligent with detail, and have the ability to respect confidentiality and use discretion, the National Theatre would love to hear from you for their new, dynamic New Work Administrator (Workshops) role.

The National Theatre’s New Work Department is the engine room for developing work towards production for all the NT’s stages.  The New Work team are constantly growing a slate of commissioned plays and process-led work, managing the step by step progress of the work towards production.

They are looking for an Administrator to join the New Work team to help with the administration for all the artists and projects they support. This role will often work with artists to deliver an environment where they feel able to create their best work within appropriate timescales and budgets.

The successful candidate will support a range of artists and must lead on the smooth-running of specific projects, ensuring that the department are aware of the best emerging talent from right across the country.  The role also leads on data capture for the department which helps to tell the department’s story.

What they are looking for: In their own words: ‘It’s an exciting new post and we are looking for someone with superb organisational and time management skills, experience of managing budgets and resources, and the ability to communicate confidently and sensitively with artists to join us – so if this sounds like you, please check out the Job Description for more info.’

How to apply: You can find the job description and link to apply a at the bottom of the job posting page:

Please note that applications can only be considered if they are submitted through the National’s Online Recruitment System, and returned by the closing date.

The National Theatre is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. They encourage applications from all sections of the community and in particular those which are currently under-represented at the NT including BAME & disabled candidates.

Deadline: Monday 15 January 2018 at noon

Source: Word of mouth

National Museums Liverpool seeks writer/story builder (paid)

National Museums Liverpool are looking for a writer/story builder for their Terracotta Warriors ‘TRUE COLOURS’ Education programme.

In their words: “A writer / story-builder is required to write a script for an animated story performance involving interaction with school children and performed by actors. It will be inspired by an exhibition of the Chinese Terracotta Warriors at World Museum in 2018.

The animated story will be written in two versions a) for Key Stage 1 students (ages 5-7) and b) for Key Stage 2 students (ages 7-11).

The performance will take full advantage of a specially designed spectacle/backdrop. Attendance is required at creative development days on 7 & 12 September. The animated story, which will involve ‘time-travel’, have a basis of historical accuracy yet be fictional, inspire wonder, and transport children in time/place. The performance will be 30-35 minutes long and accommodate 35 children plus 5-10 adult helpers.”

The project starts on 1 September 2017. A finished script is required on 30 November with adjustments needed during rehearsal period. A large part of the contract will be completed by 28 February. The writer is also required to respond to evaluation at three agreed points during programme delivery (Feb-Oct 2018) to make the required changes.

How to apply: To apply, email expressions of interest to sending an outline a) of your relevant experience and b) of how you would approach the contract.  Full project details can be found here.

Deadline: 1 August 2017 at 12pm

Source: Artsjobs

International Arts Studio seeking research associate

International Arts Studio are seeking a voluntary research associate to help in the cataloging of plays long forgotten, and tracing plays and writers, many whose work was refused under Lord Chamberlains licence.

In their words: “We are starting  a multi-output initiative exploring  plays refused a licence under the 1737 – 1968  Theatre’s Acts.

The role requires a number of tasks to be undertaken. The first task is to finish off cataloging all plays  that have been traced, ones that have been definitively refused a licence. You will then be required to  investigate the remaining correspondence boxes at the National Archives, spotting any discussions of plays being considered and refused, then following up on these leads.

The second task will be to trace plays and playwrights  from 1945 – 1968 that were refused a licence. This will lead to the next phase which will be to meet up with a number of participants and conduct interviews about their experience of the Theatre’s Act. (This is a longer term project –  outside the scope of the current work, although you  will be welcome to get involved.)

There is no set number of working hours required, and no contractual obligations.

How to apply: To find out more details about the role, and how to apply, please email

Deadline: 31 July 2017 

Source: Artsjobs 

Whitworth Young Contemporaries seeking artists/writers interested in South Asian Arts (paid)

The Whitworth is looking for two emerging artists from any arts discipline to help them shape Whitworth Young Contemporaries. You will use South Asian art to inspire groups of young people to engage with the gallery and have the opportunity to develop skills as a creative practitioner working specifically with a 15-25 audience.

What you will do:
• Using your skills as an artist, cultural producer and workshop leader you will work collaboratively with young people, gallery learning and curatorial staff to develop ideas.
• Drawing inspiration from our South Asian exhibitions and collections, including textiles exhibition Beyond Borders and contemporary work from Raqs Media Collective you will plan and deliver workshops to engage South Asian youth groups.
• Support the development of our artistic programming.

Who you are:
• You are an emerging artist from any arts discipline (e.g dancer, musician, visual artists, poet, theatre performer, writer, rapper, sculptor etc) aged 25 or under.
• Have a connection, understanding or interest in South Asian art, culture and communities.
• You have an interest and ability to engage young people aged 15-25 from all backgrounds.
• You are interested in working collaboratively, in partnership with artists and young people across art forms.
• You are able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Location: North West

How to apply: find out more here

Deadline: 7 July 2017 

Source: Arts Jobs