Assistant Director Traineeship opens for Spring 2019

Posted on 4 December 2018

Following the success of similar schemes run for Nativity! The Musical and We’ll Live and Die in These Towns in 2018, we’re now on the lookout for a new Trainee Assistant Director to join our team ahead of an exciting new drama premiering at the Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2019.

Open to enthusiastic young creatives from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee backgrounds, this paid position will see the successful candidate work alongside the Belgrade’s Associate Director Justine Themen on the world premiere production of Amy Ng’s Under the Umbrella.

Set in Guangzhou and Coventry, Under the Umbrella tells the story of Wei, a young Chinese woman living and studying in the UK. But as the single Wei approaches her 27th birthday, her grandmother begins to worry that she will miss her chance to marry, and will be labelled a “shengnu” or “leftover woman”. Caught between the conflicting expectations of her family and friends, Wei must revisit her family’s past in order to make important decisions about her future.

Running from Monday 28 January until Tuesday 5 March, the Assistant Director Traineeship forms part of the Belgrade’s ongoing commitment to improving diversity both on and off our stages. It is supported by the Arts Council’s Sustained Theatre Fund in association with Tamasha, with the aim of addressing imbalance throughout the sector. We anticipate the post may attract candidates with wide-ranging levels of practical experience, and as such, the post will tailored to suit the needs and interests of the successful applicant.

It’s just one of a wide range of creative opportunities offered by the Belgrade Theatre, including our Springboard talent development programme, which supports emerging artists and companies from all backgrounds to create and perform new work. Find out more about our Springboard scheme and how to apply for the 2019 intake here.

The deadline to apply for our Assistant Director Traineeship is 12pm on Thursday 20 December. To submit your application, please download the job pack attached to the right-hand side of this page and return it to