OPPORTUNITIES


 

THEATRE HIRE

For hire details, please email us for a copy of our information pack at admin@finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Please note that the Finborough Theatre does not programme any work that has been produced anywhere in London in the last 25 years (including transfers from other venues), and only programmes runs of four weeks or ten performance runs on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees.

LITERARY OPPORTUNITIES

Please see the separate page for Literary Opportunities here

 

INTERNSHIPS / VOLUNTARY POSITIONS

Please note that we cannot accept any applications for internships starting beyond three months in the future, or – for insurance reasons – any work experience placements for anyone aged under 18.

We can only accept interns who can work with us for at least two months, for at least three days a week, usually in the evenings, including at least one weekend evening per week. There are also three mandatory commitments for all interns – the late night get out and/or get in once a month, distributing leaflets and posters for at least three days during their internship, and one evening leaflet stuffing once every three months.

Please note that all interns undertake a four week introductory period concentrating on administrative duties, box office management and day to day maintenance. Everyone follows the same programme, regardless of background or previous experience. We use this probationary period to get to know you better and assess you before potentially specialising later.

Founded in 1980, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre presents new British writing, UK premieres of overseas drama, particularly from the United States, Canada, Ireland and the English-speaking world, music theatre and an idiosyncratic selection of unjustly neglected work from the last 200 years. The Finborough Theatre focuses not only on the play, but on the total theatrical experience - regularly attracting the finest emerging directors and designers to work with award-winning actors.

The Finborough Theatre Internship Programme offers practical experience to bridge the gap between academia and the world of professional theatre, and is designed so that volunteers can also continue with paid employment at the same time. We seek bright, creative, reliable and self-motivated individuals.

As the Finborough Theatre is such an intimate space, we have found from many of our volunteers who have also volunteered for other venues that they get considerably more out of the experience of working with us for the simple reason that they are immediately thrust into the heart of the action, and get to closely interact with our staff and visiting professionals.

Many of our previous interns have gained excellent paid employment through the experience gained with their work with us. The Finborough Theatre enjoys an enviable reputation – and a recognizable name – with theatre employers. Many of our former interns are now working in high profile positions in UK and overseas theatre. Many have also formed their own theatre companies together with other professionals and interns they have met through working with us.

After an introductory period where you will take a hands-on role in the running of an multi-award-winning Off-West End theatre, we endeavour to provide you with opportunities that directly relate to your specific theatrical interests. Opportunities to progress have included assisting stage managers and designers. Others have stage managed productions themselves, managed press, marketing and publicity and read for our Literary Department. Interns who show an interest and capability in taking on greater responsibility may also have the opportunity to take on General Manager and Assistant General Manager positions.

Each intern will also have access to mentoring advice from Artistic Director Neil McPherson (who has more than 30 years experience in professional theatre) to provide support and advice on pastoral issues, personal development to help prepare them for a career in professional theatre and obtaining paid employment elsewhere.

Following the introductory period, work which interns undertake (subejct to the needs of the theatre and our productions) may include:

ADMINISTRATION
Experience of running a theatre including Box Office, marketing, PR, literary duties and casting.
Responsible to: the Artistic Director and General Manager.

Responsibilities may include:
Administrative duties.
Box Office management.
Day to day maintenance a small, fast-paced office and venue.
Casting (when required by the theatre's schedule). Specific duties include communicating with agents and artists, preparing audition materials, maintaining casting files, and attending casting meetings, readings, and plays.
Marketing / PR (when required by the theatre's schedule). Specific duties include maintenance of the Press List, overseeing and executing mailings and - in some cases - liasing with members of the Press.
Literary team duties (subject to passing the Literary Test).
Fundraising duties.
While every effort is made to make internships a valuable educational experience, everyone working at the theatre is expected to perform a variety of tasks, not all of which will be glamorous.

Person Specification:
Energetic individual with a passion for Theatre.
Detail oriented.
Able to work independently and under pressure (Scant resources mean that supervision will often be minimal and so the ability to work independently is of paramount importance).
Able to take on additional tasks (however small they may be).
Excellent level of written and spoken English.
Computer literate including good typing skills
Experience in a retail environment is desirable, but not essential.

Hours:
Please see the top of this section.

PRODUCTION
Hands-on experience of theatre production.
Responsible to: the Director of the Production and the Artistic Director

Duties may include:
Setting up and running rehearsal schedules.
Liaising with Designers concerning procuration of props, furniture and set dressing.
Managing the properties budget.
Supervising the 'get in' and 'get out'.
Compiling and operating the show from the prompt copy.
Running the sound and lighting boards during performances.
Liaising with the Director.
Calling actors for rehearsals and performances.
While every effort is made to make internships a valuable educational experience, everyone working at the theatre is expected to perform a variety of tasks, not all of which will be glamorous.
If you are particularly interested in a specific area of Production - i.e. costumes, set design - it may be possible for you to specialise in these areas, subject to the theatre's schedule.

Person Specification:
Energetic individual with a passion for Theatre.
Detail oriented.
Able to encourage a team atmosphere.
Able to take on additional tasks (however small they may be).
Excellent level of written and spoken English.

Hours:
Please see the top of this section. The demands of this specialisation usually require a full time commitment over a four week period during rehearsals. For Technical Operation, the normal commitment is five evenings and two afternoons a week. 

TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT
Responsible to: the Technical Manager and the Artistic Director.

Responsibilities include:
Keeping an up-to-date inventory of all technical equipment.
Training Stage Management on use of equipment.
Assisting visiting lighting and sound designers during each get-in and get-out period.
Maintaining technical equipment.
Maintaining stocks of technical consumables.

Person Specification:
Energetic individual with a passion for Theatre.
Detail oriented.
Able to work independently.

Hours:
Please see the top of this section. Most Technical Management work occurs over the weekends when productions change. This usually means working late on a Saturday evening and all day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and again on Friday and Sunday during show changeover week.

LITERARY
Subject to passing our Literary Team's Plays Test, we can occasionally offer opportunities with our Literary team. Scriptreaders for the theatre are generally selected from people who have interned for us first.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When do you accept applications?
At any time. We are particularly interested in interns for quieter periods like December and January. Please note that we cannot accept any applications for internships starting beyond three months in the future. Any applications for internships starting more than three months in the future will not be answered.

How do I apply for an internship?
Please see below.

How long does an internship last?
We can only accept interns who can work with us for at least two months. Most interns stay for about three months, but many have worked for six months or more.

Is an internship full time?
We ask interns to commit to a minimum of three evenings a week, including at least one weekend evening per week. This enables interns to get the most out of the projects they are working on and to feel part of the team but also gives them the freedom to carry out other paid employment at the same time. For interns working on productions, the time demands may be considerably more.

When are interviews held?
One interview day a month is held, usually towards the middle of the month.

What if I am not able to attend the interview day?
Normally, we would delay your application until the next month's interviews. We may be able to conduct Skype interviews for non-London based candidates only.

Do I need a work visa to apply?
No. Internships are voluntary, unpaid roles and you do not require a work visa.

Do you offer acting or directing internships?
No, although many people committed to acting and/or directing have found interning with us a useful and productive experience. It can be particularly useful for aspiring directors who have recently graduated to gain experience in a professional theatre environment.

Is there a probationary period?
Yes. There is a four week probationary period for both us and the intern.

I would like to work with you, but am not sure what jobs would suit me best?
If accepted on to our internship programme, we will work together during the introductory period to discover which position would suit you best. We want to find out what areas of the theatre you are particularly interested in or intend to make your career. We try and tailor the jobs to fit your interests and aspirations wherever possible (within the constraints of the theatre's needs).

Is there an age limit?
For legal and insurance reasons, you must be 18 or over. There is no upper age limit, and we welcome older applicants.

Do you take applicants from overseas?
Yes, as long as you have an excellent fluent level of written and spoken English.

What should I wear?
Dress is normally smart casual to casual. It helps if you have some clothes for dirty work or painting.

Are internships paid?
We regret that as the Finborough Theatre is a completely unsubsidised venue and a registered charity, we can only offer internships on a purely voluntary basis. Although we are currently fundraising so we can pay all our interns, at present, we cannot pay expenses of any kind. Please note that we make every possible effort to work round your personal circumstances, so a lack of funds should not dissuade you from applying.

Can I work a second job to support myself?
We do everything that we possibly can to work around your paid work commitments. We only ask that if you agree to a schedule that you honour it absolutely.

Can I still claim Job Seekers' Allowance if I am an intern?
Yes, as long you continue to actively seek employment throughout the internship and you notify your JobCentre of any expenses you are being reimbursed.

What is my legal status as an intern in regard to National Minimum Wage?
As a registered charity, interns at the Finborough Theatre are legally classed as "voluntary workers" and are therefore exempt from NMW legislation. The legal position of our interns has been agreed and confirmed by HMRC, following a a lengthy consultation process with them.

Can I receive academic credit for my internship?
If interns wish to receive academic credit for their internship it is the intern's responsibility to make arrangements with the sponsoring institution. Academic credit is up to the discretion of the intern's college or university. We will provide the sponsoring institution any necessary reports or evaluations.

How flexible are the hours?
We are happy to work around your schedule wherever possible. Please note that working in theatre is rarely a “9 to 5” job and a degree of flexibility is required. We do expect that if you agree to a schedule that you honour it absolutely.

I'm not from London. What about housing?
Past interns have found affordable housing by staying with relatives or friends, finding a share, house-sitting, etc. If you don't have housing prospects already, you should be prepared to deal with it before committing to an internship. We regret that we can’t find accommodation for you.

Is prior experience required?
We look for people who have demonstrated a passion for working in the arts and who are at a point in their careers/education to strongly benefit from the experience we offer - but enthusiasm and commitment is more important than experience. We encourage applications from graduates from any personal, academic or professional background.

HOW TO APPLY
Please e-mail us at admin@finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Please include the following, and please note that we you are unlikely to get an interview unless all of the information below is provided:

1. A CV / resume.

2. Full details of your availability including when you would like to start and end the position, how many days a week you can commit to etc. Please provide actual dates of your availability to start and end the internship.

3. A Personal Statement. This statement should be 500 words or less and include information on your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them, what you expect from an internship at the Finborough Theatre internship, your experience and/or education in theatre, the qualities you possess that recommend you as a candidate for an internship. Your personal statement is a chance to reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your CV.

4. Please note that letters of recommendation are not needed initially. If you are granted an interview, we will ask you to provide the names of two references.

5. You do not need to specify which areas you may like to work in as this will be discussed on successful completion of the introductory period.

5. Please write your subject line with the word "Internship" and then your name, e.g. " Internship Walter Plinge" or " Internship Mary MacLeod".

Please have a look around this website to learn more about our work. Please refrain from calling us unless we have called you. Instead, use e-mail to ask questions and/or follow up on your application.

You will hear from us within a few days of your application. If you do not receive a reply from us within seven days, please email us again. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to our interview day to find out more about the programme and for us to get to know you. If you are unsuccessful, we are sorry that we cannot give you individual feedback.

Any questions?
If you have any further questions that are not answered above, please email us at admin@finboroughtheatre.co.uk

RESIDENT ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PROGRAMME

Finborough Theatre Resident Assistant Director Programme, supported by The Richard Carne Trust
 

The next intake will be in January 2015. The post will be advertised in early December through the Young Vic Directors Programme.

A six month paid opportunity for two directors at the beginning of their careers to gain valuable experience assisting on new writing projects, music theatre and innovative revivals of neglected classic texts whilst learning the administrative skills needed to run a leading Off West End theatre.

The successful applicant should demonstrate an interest in text-based work (especially new writing) and music theatre. Do please visit here for more information on the artistic policy and work of the Finborough Theatre.

Founded in 1980, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre presents vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries, focusing on new British writing, UK premieres of overseas drama, particularly from the United States, Canada, Ireland and the English-speaking world, music theatre and an idiosyncratic selection of unjustly neglected work from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Finborough Theatre focuses not only on the play, but on the total theatrical experience - regularly attracting the finest emerging directors and designers to work with award-winning actors.

As part of an individually tailored programme, each Resident Assistant Director will assist on at least two Finborough Theatre productions, attend programming and policy meetings, be responsible for assisting the Resident Casting Director and will also work closely with the Finborough's Literary Department as a scriptreader and on literary workshops. The successful applicant will also be required to support the management team of the Finborough Theatre with general administration throughout their placement. On successful completion of the placement, selected RADs will be offered the opportunity to present a Sunday/Monday production at the Finborough Theatre. Previous Resident Assistant Directors have gone on to permanent positions at venues such as the National Theatre, Clywd Theatr Cymru and the Donmar Warehouse.  

Each RAD will be mentored by Artistic Director Neil McPherson (who has more than 30 years experience in professional theatre) to provide support and advice on pastoral issues, personal development to help prepare them for a career in professional theatre and obtaining paid employment elsewhere.

This is an training position lasting six months, with intakes in January and August. A fee of £1500 will be paid to each Resident Assistant Director, with the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust. Whilst we appreciate that candidates may also need to undertake other work to support themselves, a serious time commitment and focus on the theatre will be required, but every possible accommodation will be made. Candidates should not allow lack of funds to dissuade them from applying.

Please note that we welcome applicants of any age over 18. Previous RADs have been in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Please note, however, that we are primarily looking for candidates with a long term demonstrable commitment to directing for the theatre.

The Richard Carne Trust also supports a paid Associate Director residency at the Finborough Theatre for deserving graduates from the Resident Assistant Director Programme.

Please note that this opportunity is not suitable for people who have just graduated from an undergraduate degree. Your application is more likely to be successful if you have completed a period of postgraduate study in directing or possess a equivalent period of relevant experience, particularly if your undergraduate degree was not theatre related. For those who have recently graduated, we would recommend our internship programme first. 


http://richardcarnetrust.org/

ACTORS

We advertise casting opportunities for our productions primarily using The Spotlight casting breakdown service. Please ask your agent to submit you.

We regret that we cannot send casting breakdowns to individual actors.

Please don't send unsolicited CVs and photographs, either by post or by email, as we don't have the storage space to keep them.

If you don't have an agent, please visit our Productions page where all forthcoming productions are announced and submit yourself about six weeks before the production by post. However, a submission in answer to a specific advert is always preferred and more likely to get you an audition.

Please post any submissions, using ordinary post, not registered or recorded delivery. Please do not email, phone or visit.

If you would like us to see you in your work, please see the Invitations section below.

We do nearly all our casting using The Spotlight, so please do ensure that your CV on Spotlight is kept fully up to date. It would be helpful to keep it updated regularly with your current and forthcoming availability, and especially helpful to include details on where you trained and for how long a period.

INVITATIONS

If you have a production which you want us to see, please do send us details. We will do our very best to send someone to see your production. Please note that if we cannot reply to your invitation, it doesn't mean we are not interested and haven't taken note of your work. Unfortunately, though, the logistics of running an unsubsidised theatre and the number of invitations that we are sent mean that we cannot offer feedback on your work.

Please email details only to admin@finboroughtheatre.co.uk

DISSERTATIONS


As an unfunded theatre, we regret that we do not have time to grant interview or questionnaire requests for dissertations or academic projects. This website should be able to answer most of your questions. The archive of the Finborough Theatre is placed with the Theatre Museum.