Old Vic Backstage

Have you ever wanted to work backstage at The Old Vic?

Old Vic Backstage will offer six people from the global majority, aged 18–25 the opportunity to work on our upcoming production of A Number by Caryl Churchill with Paapa Essiedu and Lennie James. Participants will shadow an industry professional and get hands-on experience in one of the following disciplines:

  • Lighting
  • Production Management
  • Set
  • Stage Management

Participants will take part in 13 paid sessions and the project will culminate with a networking event to help participants identify the next steps in their careers.

Applications for Old Vic Backstage are now closed.

Key dates

This programme will take place between Dec 2021 and Feb 2022. Exact schedules will vary depending on the chosen discipline and will be agreed with participants in advance.

  • This programme has been set up to work with people from global majority backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in backstage roles
  • You must be aged 18–25
  • You must be interested in developing a career in your chosen discipline
  • This programme is for artists at the start or early on in their careers. You must have had some prior experience, perhaps at school, or a short course but not undertaken formal training or a university degree in your chosen discipline
  • We are particularly keen to hear from people who have had limited or no access to arts opportunities in the past and are committed to identifying and resolving barriers which may ordinarily exclude young people from accessing theatre
  • We are committed to working with young people who have a disability or identify as neuro-diverse (e.g dyslexia, ADHD or autism) and will make necessary adjustments to help you get the most out of the project
  • If you have a different learning style we can also change the course content to suit you
  • If you require it, we can bring in additional staff support
  • The project will take place at an Old Vic venue with step free access

If you have any questions about the programme, please get in touch by emailing ovbackstage@oldvictheatre.com