There are lots of different roles at the RSC. The variety and range may surprise you, and you could just find the perfect one for you.

Are you brilliant with people?

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Consider a career giving top level customer service in our Box Office or Front of House, where you could be selling tickets for our shows, working in retail, or as an usher welcoming people to our theatres.

You’ll be the public face of our Company, making sure that our audiences are at the heart of everything that we do. It’s a varied job and no two days will be the same. You need excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to think on your feet.

Front of House Assistants work closely together as a team, under the leadership of a Duty Manager. The Duty Manager leads the team and is responsible for the health, safety and security of everyone in the audience. You will be working in the public areas of the theatre, at hours based around performance times, so often at evenings and weekends.

Qualifications: It’s not essential to have been to college or university - you can start in an assistant role and work your way up, learning on the job. If you are interested in a management role, then a degree in a related area could be an advantage. But the most important thing is to be able to demonstrate excellent customer service skills and work well as a team.

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Love working with children?

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Support our little ones as they flourish and learn in our ‘outstanding’ nursery set in the countryside. We want childcare professionals with energy, enthusiasm and playful personalities to care for the children in our acclaimed nursery.

You will build a fun, safe and happy atmosphere for the two to five-year-old children. There will be plenty of opportunities to bring out your creative side, coming up with a range of indoor and outdoor activities to help children play and learn.

As well as getting to know the children and finding out what captures their interest, you’ll help with their personal care and carry out daily housekeeping tasks. Be prepared for a busy, noisy environment and equipped with the essential qualities of being a good listener and patience.

Qualifications: A passion for childcare is a must. We offer continuous professional development and the opportunity to gain further Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) qualifications through college training.

Could you get everyone to the right place at the right time on opening night?

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The stage manager is responsible for everything connected with the show and what happens behind the scenes. It’s about managing people from the artistic side and the technical side. If you’re great at teamwork, super organised, with good communication skills and you work well under pressure, this could be the career for you.

Stage managers pull all the elements of a show together as the director requires. It’s a busy working environment, and hours can be long, so enthusiasm for theatre is essential. Most people start out as an Assistant Stage Manager (ASM), rising to a Deputy Stage Manager (DSM) before they become a Stage Manager (SM).

Qualifications: Find a stage management course at a CDS accredited drama school. This will give the knowledge you’ll need at entry level, but it’s also important to get some practical experience. You might do work placements as part of your course, but the more experience you can get and the more contacts you can make in your field, the better.

Are you an awesome engineer?

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Our Automation Department are the people who fly our amazing scenery on and off the stage.

You will be creating breathtaking effects, by working with flying and similar lifting overstage machinery to move scenery, performers and lighting bars, and using understage machinery such as stage lifts, traps, moving trucks and revolves.

You work closely with people in other departments to create the effects required, as well as programming software, wiring electronics and physical work requiring stamina and coordination, often at height.

Qualifications: There aren’t any specific qualifications to work in automation, but you will need a qualification at a higher level in a technical subject. Some people move into automation after studying technical theatre courses at university, while others come to it through mechanical/electrical engineering degrees. Work experience with a theatre or automation installation company is a good place to start.

 

Are you a passionate advocate for going to the theatre?

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Working in arts marketing you could be developing audiences for shows and events, reaching out to people who come regularly, as well as finding new audiences who might not normally go to the theatre.

Qualifications: There are no specific qualifications at entry level, but most people have a degree in a related subject, such as arts management, business studies, performing arts or English. You might have been involved in theatre at college or university, or done some marketing for your local amateur theatre. Some administrative experience will also help you, and work experience and internships are great ways to get some experience in a really competitive field.

Are you passionate about food and drink?

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We’d love you to come and work in our bars, cafes or restaurant.

Whether you’re behind the scenes in our state of the art kitchen or front of house with our customers, you can use your skills and passion to create and serve delicious food and drink.

All our food is made from scratch, using high-quality seasonal ingredients and our menus change regularly. You’ll get a share of the tips, and work flexible hours with no split-shifts so you get a good work-life balance. There’s also great potential for career progression.

Love crunching numbers?

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Our Finance team supports all our shows in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and tours. We have an annual income over £100m, so the scale of operations and associated accounting issues are relatively sizeable and complex.

You will have good technical skills and be a team player, using your finance knowhow to work on accounts for more than 50 departments across the RSC, as well as a range of other UK and international business operations.

Qualifications: You don’t have to have worked in a theatre or arts environment, but experience in comparable roles in finance and relevant professional qualifications to the role you’re applying.

Are you creative with code, interested in installs, or hands on with hardware?

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Our IT Department provides infrastructure, tools and support for the whole RSC. We support departments including Accounts and Automation via Actors, through to Visual Communications, Voice and Text, and Wigs and Make Up.

We provide hardware and software to manage our business, and to create wonderful sets, costumes and effects; to enable everyone to collaborate and communicate; and to ensure our customers can enjoy our spaces and all they offer.

And we support all our colleagues, whether their expertise is in spreadsheets or sewing machines, and regardless of whether they are in Stratford or anywhere else in the world!

 

A carpenter or welder looking for something different?

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A career in prop making could see you producing anything from a medieval banqueting table to a 15th Century manuscript or a motorized bull.

Our prop department makes, sources and buys all the props, furniture and set dressing for our shows. The team uses a huge range of materials and techniques, including carpentry, joinery, casting, painting, graphics, welding and sewing.

You’ll need to have a range of making skills, be good at time management and will be asked to change or fix props in a very short time. At busy times you will need to work long hours and weekends.

Qualifications: You don’t need a degree or a formal qualification, although relevant qualifications in arts, carpentry or model making could help. Most important is skill and aptitude in one or more areas of prop making, and an interest in theatre craft.

Could you help us maintain and improve our buildings?

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Our maintenance technicians and engineers carry out a range of electrical engineering, electrical installation and general building services maintenance work.

The team services and maintains mechanical, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. They also go out to breakdowns around our estate to carry out repairs, modify existing systems to suit changing requirements and work on larger projects, such as installing new systems and services.

Qualifications: Recognised trade qualifications in subjects including Maintenance Technician and Manufacturing Engineering and experience from a commercial environment.

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