Baylis Assistant Director

  • Job Reference: 00000253-1
  • Date Posted: 22 June 2022
  • Recruiter: The Old Vic
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  • Location: London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Fees will be in line with Society of London Theatre and UK Equity rate
  • Sector: Creative Arts
  • Job Type: Placement

Job Description

The Baylis Assistant Director scheme is a 3-month placement at The Old Vic, providing unique opportunities each season for aspiring directors to work with and learn from experienced professionals in the industry.

The scheme stands out in that it also builds on the role, offering the opportunity for selected candidates to connect further with The Old Vic and become embedded in all areas of our work.

Our next Baylis Assistant Director opportunity will be to assist the Director of an upcoming, as-yet-unannounced project at The Old Vic from August - October 2022 at The Old Vic.

Areas of responsibility

The position will span circa 3 months. During this time the Baylis Assistant Director will:

  • Act as an Assistant Director to the Director of the production, which will play on The Old Vic main stage from 7 September – 29 October 2022. The production begins rehearsals 01 August 2022. The duties of this role include weekly note taking throughout the run of the show and taking responsibility for understudy rehearsals.
  • Support with preparation work on behalf of the Director.
  • Spend time with other departments at The Old Vic, either in person or remotely, becoming part of The Old Vic family, networking with staff and learning from creatives.
  • Act as an ambassador and attend Development events where required, learning about how the funding model works for an unsubsidised not-for-profit theatre.
  • Record experiences of their time at The Old Vic, some elements of which may become part of our online digital content to help animate the experience for other potential candidates and for those interested in a career in theatre directing.
  • The Baylis Assistant Director might also be called upon to contribute to our script reading process and collaborate with our education and community outreach work.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and the Theatre's management may, at any time, allocate other tasks which are of a similar nature or level.

Person Specification

Ideal candidates for this role will:

  • Have directed at least one professional production (not rehearsed readings or runs of less than 3 weeks), and/or assisted on a number of professional productions
  • Have experience working with understudies
  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to becoming a professional theatre director
  • Candidates must also have the independent right to work in the UK to be eligible

How to Apply

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter, explaining why you are interested in the role and working at the Old Vic.

    The Old Vic has made a commitment that all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for this job will be invited to interview. 

    All appointments are made subject to satisfactory references and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

    The Process

    The recruitment process for this role will be two stages:

    • 1st stage virtual/in person conversation
    • 2nd stage virtual/in person conversation

    The closing date for this role is Sunday 3 July 2022, 11.59pm. First conversations are likely to take place w/c 11 July 2022.

    Equal Opportunities

    We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of the global majority, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled candidates.

    We may take positive action, in cases where candidates are equally qualified, to increase the employment of under-represented groups at The Old Vic.

    In the event that we ask you to attend the theatre for a conversation and you are struggling financially, we may be able to reimburse you for any reasonable travel costs.