Assistant Director

OperaUpClose is looking for an Assistant Director to support our Artistic Director, Robin Norton-Hale on the revival of our Olivier Award-winning version of Puccini’s La Bohème, which will tour the UK from March 2019. This is a paid position for emerging directors, offering on-the-job training that will further their skills and experience needed to create their own work. The role offers practical experience in mid-scale touring.

La Bohème will rehearse for a week in February 2019 at a rehearsal space in London (tbc) and tour to nine mid-scale venues across the UK from March – June. The Assistant Director will work as Staff Director on tour, ensuring that the production’s artistic quality is maintained at a high standard.

OperaUpClose is committed to equal opportunities. We are particularly keen to hear from people who may have been discouraged from applying for other early-career opportunities in the arts for financial reasons. We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled candidates.

The Role
Assistant Director

Job Description
The Assistant Director will attend all rehearsals, taking notes and assisting the director as required. S/he will undertake research for the director and designer as required. The Assistant Director may also attend performances in lieu of the director and take notes for her. The Assistant Director may be requested to undertake marketing, producing or other duties, but not at the detriment of their experience as an Assistant Director. The Director, Designer and Producer of the production will make themselves available to the Assistant Director in order to provide career and professional development advice.

£465 p/week (rehearsal period)
£125 p/performance as staff director on tour

Accommodation and travel will be organised and paid for by OperaUpClose for tour dates outside of London.

Dates/ Hours
Rehearsals will generally take place between 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday. There may be the occasional evening or weekend session required.

On tour, the Staff Director will be called for 1pm (ahead of the cast arrival) at the venue. There will be a technical rehearsal during the afternoon. The Staff Director is expected to stay for the performance to take notes and contribute to the Stage Manager’s show report if needed.

The Tour
Tues 5 Mar                   Theatre Royal Wakefield
Fri 8 & Sat 9 Mar           Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (Dir only needed on Friday)
Wed 13 Mar                 Broadway Theatre, Letchworth
Sat 23 Mar                    Worthing Theatres
Wed 27 Mar                  Nuffield Theatres, Southampton
Sat 30 Mar                    artsdepot, London
Thu 25 Apr                    New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Thu 2 May                    Theatre Royal Winchester
Mon 3 & Tue 4 Jun        Bristol Old Vic (Dir only needed on Mon)

The Production
The Olivier Award-winning version of Puccini’s much-loved weepie is a favourite with critics and audiences alike.

One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams. Aspiring novelist Rodolfo discovers a harsher reality when he falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi, while his best friend Marcello's tempestuous relationship with his on-off girlfriend Musetta brings humour and fireworks to the stage. The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st century Bohème affected them like no other.

Deadline: 10 December, 2018

How to apply: Please provide a CV, equal opportunities form (download below) and a cover letter (no more than 1 side of A4) explaining why you would like to be a stage director, and how this position will help you achieve this. This is to be sent to