Entertain something new

The search is on to find the next group of exciting artists to become The Old Vic 12.

The Old Vic 12 is a group of 12 extraordinary developing artists ready to take the next step in their careers. The scheme provides opportunities to expand their networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

what we’re looking for

The Old Vic is looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between; if you’re interested in collaboration and new writing, we want to hear from you.

The successful applicants will be creatives looking to make a change in their work, whether that’s a step up or the support to go in a new direction. Applicants should be creating their own work on the fringe, assisting established practitioners or working at the equivalent level, and feel that they would benefit from a structured year and attachment to an independent producing theatre.

As with each role we recruit for at The Old Vic, we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.
We are hosting a number of free workshops for applicants from underrepresented groups which you can read about here

Successful applicants currently based outside of London will be eligible for support with travel and accommodation. We will also work with you to make sure any access needs are met and that you can make the most out of the opportunity.

Opening date for applications: Wednesday 1 August

Closing date for applications: by 12pm Monday 3 September

Meet The Team Workshops

We will be hosting a series of free workshops for potential applicants in a range of venues around the UK. These networking sessions will provide an opportunity to hear more about the programme, meet members of The Old Vic team and the current Old Vic 12.

2018 OV12 Roles

Need Help With Your Application?

We will be holding an accessible drop-in session where members of The Old Vic team and previous members of The Old Vic 12 will be available to help you directly with your application. If you’re finding it difficult to apply and require extra support of any kind then please do book your free place by clicking here or calling the team on 020 7981 0994. If there’s anything we need to know prior to the session then please contact us at Or see our FAQS


The Old Vic 12 is generously supported for 2018/2019 by: Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Nathalie & Nicolas Giauque, The Luscinus Trust, Laura & Nigel Mead and The Old Vic Impact Fund.