Be an activist. Join the movement.  

Open Clasp is looking to invest in and engage an early career assistant director, based in the North East, to our new Workforce Development Programme. Along with three facilitators and three writers, you will step through a programme that introduces you to Open Clasp’s ethos and methodology, taking a closer look at how we engage with our community and co-create award winning work.  

This new opportunity for an early career RTYDS Assistant Director is part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme  

Our award-winning associate director, Laura Lindow, will mentor you from the programme, to workshops, rehearsals and performance, making three new pieces of theatre for the company’s programme in 2022.  

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Tuesday, 11th January 2022 at West End Women and Girls Centre to meet the Open Clasp team and other programme participants. 

About you 

You will have a desire to advocate for change in the areas of inclusion, diversity and the rights of women and girls to equality and fairness. This is an opportunity for an early career assistant director who has not had much opportunity to be in a professional rehearsal room. You may have finished college or a BA, or taken non-traditional routes into the industry, but you won’t have assisted as a director professionally to date. You will be able to support a team in creating safe and welcoming spaces for people new to theatre or the arts. You will have skills and experience that you can offer to the other artists on the programme and will be happy to share your experience, skills, knowledge through workshops, working with a mentor, and participating in discussion 

To apply, you must be a woman (Open Clasp is exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1). 

Download Full Application Pack here: AssisstantDirector-Application-Pack-November21

or email Rachel at   

You must complete the Monitoring Form and attach with your application: Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 2021

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 29th November 2021 

Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview at West End Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle on Tuesday 11th January 2022.