Trainee Designer – Royal Shakespeare Company, London & Stratford


To observe and assist in the design and creation of a range of RSC productions. To develop the Trainee Designer’s skills and understanding of the practice of theatre making.


• To assist the Director of Design in the creation of productions for the RSC (assisting may involve model-making, technical drawing, prop buying, fabric sampling, research and basic admin etc)
• To assist freelance designers in their studios and on research trips, during their work on RSC productions (assisting as above)
• To attend relevant design meetings (Designer with Director, Production Manager or Costume Supervisor etc)
• To attend fittings, workshop meetings, and Production meetings with the designer of the productions they are working on.
• To observe rehearsals, at the discretion of the director.
• To observe and develop an understanding of the working process of all the craft departments of the RSC, independently of the designer
• Where appropriate to work alongside RSC craft departments to develop their skills base in a particular area, mentored by RSC staff within each department
• Where appropriate to represent designers in meetings or at the workshops when the designer is not available
• To maintain the design schedule informing all involved in productions of designers whereabouts.
• To keep Designers informed of day to day activity in the workshops and act as a point of contact with the designer with workshop staff, technicians and managers.

To assist in the coordination of design activities within the RSC
• To assist in the archiving of RSC design related materials
• To attend transfers of RSC productions to new Spaces
• To work alongside the Learning department in creating workshops and other educational activities
• To collaborate with the RSC in creating exhibition materials
• To collaborate on any design requirements within RSC Projects eg workshops, staged readings etc
This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the employee will be required to perform duties outside of this as operationally required and at the discretion of their Line Manager.



• Excellent design ability (as demonstrated through a portfolio of past work)
• Model making to a high standard
• Technical drawing skills
• Knowledge and interest in costume design and construction
• Painting skills
• Good communications skills and high degree of motivation are essential

Open to graduates of a theatre design course or applicants with relevant practical experience of work in theatre or film/television design.


• Knowledge of design packages such as AutoCAD, MicroStation and Photoshop
• Organisational ability
• Interest in the plays of Shakespeare and an appreciation of theatre

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CLOSING DATE – 24th January 2017