"The Trustees of the Mackintosh Foundation are delighted to announce the Regional Theatre Technical Apprenticeship Programme in association with thirteen venues across the UK.
The Mackintosh Foundation is delighted to announce the inaugural Regional Theatre
Technical Apprenticeship Programme in association with thirteen venues across the United
Kingdom, offering young people a stepping-stone into the theatre industry and supporting the
next generation of technical theatre professionals.
The Regional Theatre Technical Apprenticeship Programme aims to address an industry-wide
shortage of theatre technicians and theatre-making practitioners. The Mackintosh Foundation
is supporting thirteen regional theatres by funding an apprenticeship at each venue, offering
young people exceptional training and mentoring opportunities, launching them into a robust
and rewarding career in theatre. Anyone who wishes to be considered for a position can apply
via their relevant venue’s website.
Cameron Mackintosh said, “I started my career sweeping the stage of the Theatre Royal Drury
Lane and have worked in nearly every department in the Theatre from backstage to marketing
– except the wardrobe, as my sewing wasn’t good enough! Learning how all the elements of
a show are put together has been key to my long career as a producer.”
The programme is directly aimed at those young people who would benefit from a stepping-
stone into the industry. Applicants will be over the age of 18 and will ideally have some basic
theatrical awareness and computer skills. Efforts will be made to reach the widest possible
pool of candidates, particularly reaching out to marginalized groups and those with protected
characteristics, and who are based locally to their theatres. The aim is to make this opportunity
as accessible as possible. Apprentices will be employed full-time, inclusive of attending college
or training one day per week.
The thirteen venues taking part in this initial cohort of the Regional Theatre Technical
Apprenticeship Programme, and the roles their apprentices are joining as are Birmingham
Hippodrome with a Creative Venue Apprentice, Bristol Old Vic Theatre with a Workshop
Theatre Trainee Chichester Festival Theatre with a Production Management Apprentice, Curve
Leicester with a Creative Venue Apprentice, Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre with a Creative Venue
(Lighting) Apprentice, Leeds Playhouse Costume Making Trainee, Lyric Theatre Belfast
Production Management Apprentice, Northern Stage with a Creative Venue (Video and
Sound Apprentice), Nottingham Playhouse with a Creative Venue Apprentice, Royal
Shakespeare Company with a Wigs, Hair and Makeup Trainee, Sheffield Theatres with a
Creative Venue Apprentice, Theatre Clwyd with a Costume Making Trainee and Theatre Royal
Plymouth with a Production Management Apprentice.
Apprentices will begin their placements in Autumn of 2023, for a period of either 18-months or
2-years, depending on the discipline. Alongside funding the apprentice’s salary and
contributing toward travel expenses, The Mackintosh Foundation is funding in-person meetings
of the full cohort during the programme, as well as hosting regular online calls for the
apprentices to link up with industry professionals to expose them to the industry at large."
We are currently recruiting for this role - Assistant Production Manager. Closing date Tuesday 25th July at 12pm