As associate designer, you will work with the director, choreographer and musical director to realise all aspects of the production’s visuals including set, props and costumes. As an assistant designer, you will work assisting an established designer utilising your strengths and learning new skills.
The placement is varied and you may be expected to work in all of these areas. You will be required to assist on any production administration as necessary. You will either be at university or a recent graduate with demonstrable creative skills in set, props and costumes.
Dates and Hours
We have several different shows taking place this summer. Our first show enters rehearsal mid-July and the curtain falls on our final performance in the very early days of September. Our usual rehearsal day would be from 9am until 9pm with two meal breaks and suitable tea breaks within. Courses usually run for 2-3 weeks with technical rehearsals and performances in the final week.
Working on one of our projects around the UK, you will be working with professional directors, choreographers, composers and stage managers. The cast will be made up of approximately 40 young people.
The engagement will last for two to three weeks and the show is created, often in its entirety, within that time. You will need to be adaptable, energetic, and enthusiastic to help lead the cast through this busy and demanding schedule.
The Assistant/Associate Designer will be working very closely with the young cast and you will need to diplomatic and sensitive to the pressures and intensity of the project. You will be good at working as part of a team as well as being self-motivated and proactive.
You will need to be willing to get involved in the whole process, engaging with the young people and the show on a creative and personal level.
As a company working with young people BYMT takes our child protection responsibilities very seriously and requires all staff working on our projects to hold a DBS certificate less than 3 years old. If you do not currently hold a DBS certificate BYMT will undertake one on your behalf and your engaement on the trainee scheme will be conditional on this being successfully completed.
There is no fee for this engagement; we do offer accommodation, all meals and a contribution of £85 per week towards your expenses. We will also pay for your travel at the beginning and end of the engagement.
How to Apply
“I felt a valuable part of a close knit team who supported me while also giving me independence as a designer.”Caitlin Mawhinney - Assistant Designer