Trainee Producer Programme

OperaUpClose is offering on-the-job training with their paid (London Living Wage) Trainee Producer Programme, to give young people the skills they need to pursue a career in the arts.

Working from offices in London, you’ll be part of a small team dedicated to touring high quality opera across the UK and beyond. The programme offers valuable experience in a professional producing company, mentoring from an experienced producer, the opportunity to take responsibility for projects, to make mistakes in a supportive environment, to learn from those mistakes, and to make key contacts in the performing arts industry. The trainees also have additional training and support from our Artistic Director/ Chief Exec, and Trustees throughout the programme, with the hope to successfully find employment in the arts, once they graduate.

What does a Producer do?
During the programme, you will work side-by-side with our Producer to deliver OperaUpClose’s new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (or Mary, Queen of Scots), which will open in April 2019. Through this work, you will gain an understanding in four key areas: finance, general management, company management and press & marketing. A more detailed breakdown of this is included on the application pack.

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

Bursary: £357 p/week (i.e. London Living Wage)

Contract: This is a full-time training programme, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, for 16 weeks.

Applications: Please send in your CV and either (1) a short video recording (max 3 minutes) or (2) a written application (max 400 words) telling us about yourself. Below are some questions you can refer to:

  • Why are you interested in the role?

  • What skills and experience do you already have that might benefit you during the programme? (Note, you don’t need to have experience of working in the arts before, but we would like to see that you are passionate about the arts, be that music, theatre, dance etc)

  • How would this programme support you with your future career plans?  

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact our Producer on 0203 176 7823 or

Please email your CV and video (either youtube link or mp4 file) or written application to with ‘Trainee Producer Application’ as the subject line.

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 26 November 2018.  

Interviews: Tuesday 4 December 2018.

Programme to run: Monday 14 January to Friday 3 May. Start date can be flexible.

For more information on the role and how to apply, please download the Trainee Producer Job Pack.

Thank you to the following Trusts and Foundations for supporting this programme:

Austin Hope Pilkington Trust
Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards