Trainee Assistant Director

Deadline for applications: 12pm on Friday 29 September 2017
Interviews: Monday 2 October
How to apply: Please provide a CV 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. Please email your cover letter and CV, and a completed Equal Opportunities Form to, with ‘Trainee Director Application’ as the subject line.

OperaUpClose is looking for a Trainee Assistant Director to support our Director, Lucy Bradley on our new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which will premiere at the Arcola Theatre in London this autumn. 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.

Lucy Bradley has previously worked for Teatro alla Scala, Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, the Royal Opera House, Young Vic, Opera North and The Opera Group (now Mahogany Opera Group). Her production of world premiere opera Blank Canvas for OperaUpClose won 'Best Opera' in the Off West End Awards in 2014.

Eugene Onegin will premiere and run for 5 weeks at the Arcola Theatre in October and November 2017, followed by a UK tour to mid-scale theatres in 2018.

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

Bursary: £2,000

Job Description: The Trainee 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 Trainee Assistant Director may also attend performances in lieu of the director and take notes for her. The Trainee 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 Trainee in order to provide career and professional development advice.

The Production: With a narrative that is both romantic and thought-provoking, the central character is the fiercely intelligent but naïve Tatyana, whose entanglement with Onegin results in a wiser, sadder but ultimately self-reliant heroine. This new chamber version will transpose the story of Tatyana’s sexual awakening to the early 1960s, a world on the cusp of the women’s liberation movement when new thinking fought against the old ways. Infatuation and self-restraint, Tatyana’s needs and society’s expectations, do battle in a well-tailored world of sleek suits and full skirts, with seasonal allusions to the snow-swept Russian landscape of the original.

This is a coming-of-age story, a requiem for lost innocence and triumphant celebration of hard-won independence – told through some of the most glorious vocal music ever written.

It will be performed in a new orchestration for four instruments by Alison Holford and a new English version by OUC’s Artistic Director Robin Norton-Hale.

Hours: Rehearsals are usually 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday with occasional Saturday rehearsals. The Trainee Assistant Director will need to be available from the start of the rehearsal period w/c 16 October. Tech / Production week is w/c 20 November, and press nights are Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 November. The schedule will be designed to ensure that the hourly rate is no less than the London Living Wage.

Start date: Monday 16 October
End date: Thursday 30 November