It’s a really exciting time to be joining National Theatre Wales! There’s no doubt that there are huge challenges ahead for artists and for our industry as we emerge from this pandemic but culture is the most vital way for us to come together again as a society.
We’re the English language national theatre company in Wales. We make theatre with and for people all over the nation and beyond, often outside traditional theatre buildings. We’ve worked with incredible theatre makers of all disciplines, on a Snowdonia mountainside, in a Valleys working men’s club, an underground carpark, empty shops, full nightclubs, warehouses in Cardiff, London and Berlin. Take a look at some of the amazing work we’ve been a part of so far.
There are around 20 of us and we all work closely together, expanding to absorb tens of wonderful freelance theatre makers for each project. All of our core staff have a voice in the direction of the company and are encouraged to contribute ideas and collaborate across departments. Everyone plays a part in making each production possible.
Under normal circumstances, we operate out of a shop front and office in a central Cardiff arcade. You’d usually be able to stop by, grab a cuppa and a hot desk, and meet the team. Having not been able to spend much time there myself yet (my first week was also the week Covid restrictions came into place), I’ve talked a lot to staff about what makes the NTW office a great place to work.
They’ve given me a sense of a space that at its best, feels like a bubbling hub, with staff and theatre makers popping in and out, natural light streaming in, with quiet corners to focus, friendly faces and hot coffee. At its worst, there are props and scripts and mugs all over the desks and something waiting to be imminently repaired, but for me, that’s a little like any home.
We’re looking forward to being able to share a space again, returning to monthly shared lunches, theatre trips together and moments to celebrate successes over something sweet.
We’ve always been an agile company, equipped to work on location all over Wales, and as office working becomes viable again, we’ll be retaining our commitment to flexibility. We aim for a working culture that supports the needs and lives of our team as well as the mission and work of our company.
We’re looking for and value all kinds of life experience and transferable skills for these roles. You needn’t have trained in performing arts, have worked for a theatre company before or be au fait with Shakespeare. If you’re thinking about working with us, you’re likely excited by cultural events and what art can mean to communities, and that’s the best place to start.
We invest in our team because we know that people are our most valuable asset. Each of the roles listed will be well supported with the opportunity for you to tell us what kind of training, networking and mentoring you might benefit from, and where you’d like your professional development to take you. If you anticipate barriers to working with us, especially because of your identity or disability, we will strive to remove or help you navigate those barriers.
Each of these jobs will be open to applications for at least 4 weeks. If you need more information about us, about eligibility or what to expect from the role, please find a contact on each job description and don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can’t wait to hear from you.