Royal & Derngate Northampton has been chosen as one of the first regional theatres to be part of Stage One’s Apprentice Scheme for aspiring theatre producers. The scheme offers a unique training opportunity for new producers to work alongside established producers and gain invaluable experience to help them turn their ambitions into reality.
Royal & Derngate, Northampton is looking for an Apprentice Producer to be based at the theatre on a six month placement to gain a thorough insight into all aspects of producing at a busy regional theatre. The Apprentice Producer will assist the Producer and Artistic Director with all aspects of the management and administration of producing theatre, including casting, negotiating and managing contracts, applying for rights and licences, commissioning new plays, drawing up production budgets and providing production support as necessary.
As well as receiving ‘hands-on’ on the job training, the Apprentice Producer will take part in Stage One’s industry-led training workshops in London, throughout their placement.
Royal & Derngate’s Producer John Manning explains: “This is a very exciting opportunity for the right person to learn all aspects of how to produce shows in a busy working theatre. Over six months, the successful candidate will get to work closely alongside myself and James Dacre, on James’ first season of shows as Artistic Director for Spring 2014. The scheme has been running in London for the last few years and has had some significant success stories. This is the first time the scheme has been held regionally and it’s a real honour that we’ve been selected as one of only four regional theatres to take part.”
The successful candidate would work take up the apprentice producer post at the theatre from October 2013 to April 2014. More information, and details of how to apply, can be found on the Current Vacancies section of the theatre’s website www.royalandderngate.co.uk. Applications must be submitted by 16 September.