Theatre Deli are looking for 2 Trainee Producers to join our dynamic, groundbreaking organisation in London and Sheffield.

To apply for the Sheffield Traineeship, click here

To apply for the London Traineeship, read below. 

In 2019 Theatre Deli are deepening their commitment to social change and barrier breaking work, by transforming the organisation to better represent communities in the cities we work, and create a platform for artists that prioritises narratives on social justice.

This traineeship is an Arts Council funded initiative only open to people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnicity (BAME) background. It is being advertised in partnership with Stage Sight and Creative Access.

Application Deadline: 18th August

Start Date: 9th September

The Traineeship

The initial role will be 6 months part time, with the opportunity for a permanent role in the organisation as an Assistant Producer at the end of the training period.

Alongside supporting the producers, the traineeship will focus on 4 main areas:

  • Basics of producing - writing a budget, writing an Arts Council funding application, working with an artist on a show, understanding touring
  • Producing a programme - you’ll be programming a week of activity and events at either our London or Sheffield theatre space
  • Marketing & Audience Development - you will receive marketing training, you’ll write an article for our website on a subject of your choosing, do a social media takeover, and write a press release and support other ongoing organisational processes in this area
  • Visionary initiative - you will have the opportunity to develop your own ‘leadership’ initiative that challenges you and expands your skills. For example: setting up and delivering a series of workshops for new artists or a commissioning competition for disabled artists or producing a special event

You’ll have monthly sessions with the Artistic Director and will work alongside a producer, as well as having regular training sessions with the staff.

The 6 months will look something like this (this is subject to change depending on the activities of the organisation):



Month 1

  • Induction & venue training
  • Supporting the programming for Autumn 2019 at the Old Library & Broadgate theatres in collaboration with the Producer / Programmers and Guest Curators
  • Working with YouAreMine to produce a portfolio of shows to sell for touring
  • Induction & venue training
  • Supporting the programming for 2020 in collaboration with the Sheffield Producer / Programmer & Guest Curators
  • Working with John Rwoth Omack on producing a touring pack

Month 2

  • Marketing & PR training
  • Writing a press release for our 2020 theme ‘The Future is Unwritten’
  • Writing a proposal for your leadership initiative
  • Marketing & PR training
  • Writing a press release for our 2020 theme ‘The Future is Unwritten’
  • Writing a proposal for your leadership initiative

Month 3

  • Arts Council application training & writing
  • Audience development plan for 2020
  • Arts Council application training & writing
  • Audience development plan for 2020

Month 4

  • Supporting the 2020 season launch
  • Ongoing work on ACE & Producing
  • Supporting the 2020 season launch
  • Ongoing work on ACE & Producing

Month 5

  • Deliver the leadership initiative
  • Deliver the leadership initiative

Month 6

  • Deliver your week of programming
  • Deliver your week of programming

Who should apply?

We require no previous professional experience in the arts to apply for this role. However, we will also not discriminate in terms of age and welcome applications from those who have previously struggled to make a break into the industry.

Instead we are looking for some key essential attributes:


You are imaginative, are full of inspiring ideas, and think big about the future. You see opportunities in unusual places, and can quickly see the action steps to make them happen.


You can show us that you love culture, in some form. You might be obsessed with music, theatre or art, or you have a niche artistic interest that you’ve developed in depth knowledge about.


You are a committed to the job-at-hand and find ways to stick to the mission even when you are the only one focusing on it. You might have already organised your own cultural events, or developed your own artistic work, or have been serving your community because you felt driven to do so.


You know how to express your ideas either through written or spoken words, or visually. Your writing is good. You are willing to adapt how you communicate to support others to understand new ideas or concepts.


You are grounded, humble, honest and can take on a range of perspectives. You keep a calm head when under pressure. You take full responsibility for everything you can control.


Whether you are leading or part of a team your work is guided by the connection it has to, and how it serves, the wider team, organisation or community it is based in. You are flexible and can adapt to other ways of working.


We are looking for the next generation of leaders in the arts. You have a sense that with experience you have the intelligence, stamina and drive to be a leader that can support people make incredible work.

Conditions of Employment

Hours: 24 hours per week (3 days), 10am to 6pm. Days flexible. Some evenings and weekends will be required to fulfill the role to be taken in lieu.

Salary : LONDON:  £6584 for 6 months (equivalent to £21,944 pro rata)

SHEFFIELD: £5616 for 6 months (equivalent to £18,720 pro rata)

Theatre Deli are UK Living Wage accredited and these salaries represent UK

living wage requirements

Contract type: Short fixed term 6-month trainee contract, with potential to expand to a permanent position  

Probation: 1 month

Notice period: 1 week during probation period, 1 month thereafter


We are able to provide any reasonable adjustments and/or access support for applying for the role. Please contact [email protected] to make a request.

Applications can be made in writing, video or audio. Please send us a one page CV giving an overview of your key roles and / or experiences. Also please answer the following questions (up to 400 words for each answer):

What is culture or art to you? Why is it important?

What impact do you hope to have on Theatre Deli?

What impact do you hope the traineeship will have on your career?

Please send applications to [email protected]

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal interview. There may be a 2nd formal interview process if needed. We cannot guarantee feedback to unsuccessful applicants.