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Jobs at BOVTS

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is one of the most successful and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK. The School is anticipating that it will recruit for several roles in the coming months as part of plans to enhance its operations and the student experience. Please check back regularly for details of new opportunities.

If you have any further enquiries relating to these roles, please contact the relevant hiring manager as indicated in the further information pack.

Director of Drama

After eleven years at the Theatre School, Artistic Director Jenny Stephens has chosen to return to her freelance career in writing and directing. Jenny has driven the School’s work in diversifying its student body, and selecting and overseeing so many productions during her tenure at the School.

We now need to identify a Director of Drama who will continue to develop the School’s creative work – appointing visiting directors and designers, choosing the productions and supporting the School’s on-going strategy.

The Director of Drama will be fundamental in helping BOVTS through a time of change and progression. You will have a strong passion for the creative arts industry and show empathy for the higher education teaching sector and its needs. You will be highly organised, adaptable, flexible, patient, self-motivated and happy to step into a busy, chaotic and friendly workplace.

Hours: This is a full-time post, predicated on 40 hours week.
Occasional evening & weekend work will be required.

Salary: £54,400 per annum

Deadline: Applications must be received by Tuesday 4 October 2022 at 12 noon

Interviews: taking place week beginning Monday 17 October 2022

How to apply:

Please download the Candidate Pack (PDF, 3 MB) for further information about the role and full details on how to apply.

Application Form (Word, 115 KB)

Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form (Word, 48 KB)

Chief Operating Officer

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is delighted to have partnered with Moon Executive Search to recruit to the role of Chief Operating Officer.

This role will oversee the operational performance and sustainability of BOVTS both from a day to day perspective, but
also crucially by inputting into longer term strategic planning to ensure the vision of the Theatre
School is delivered. For further details, please visit Moon Executive Search’s website, or contact Simon Quinn, Director of Search at Moon via rec[email protected], quoting reference MC2301.

Marketing Officer (Courses)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is seeking an experienced Marketing Officer to plan and deliver course- and programme-specific marketing campaigns to ensure that the School’s recruitment targets across its portfolio of higher education, short and youth courses are met.

With responsibility for project managing a range of digital, communications and print marketing activities, the role holder will play a key role in consolidating the reputation of the School’s vocational, specialist training, as well as raising the School’s profile in emergent international markets.

Equipped with relevant experience gained in education marketing, the ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience of running successful campaigns to attract applicants, promote offer holder conversion or to diversify student intakes. You will be joining a fast-paced, forward-thinking and supportive marketing team with responsibility for telling the Theatre School’s world-class story.

Contract: Full-time, permanent
Salary: £29,650 per annum
Posted: Thursday 8 September
Closing Date: 10 am on Thursday 29 September 2022

Job description and person specification (PDF, 159 KB)
Further information about the role (PDF, 108 KB)
Application form (Word, 115 KB)
Equal opportunities monitoring form (Word, 48 KB)

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Premises Assistant - two positions

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is seeking two full-time Premises Assistants to support the management of its estate and to provide technical support across the School’s teaching sites. Working closely with the School’s Premises Manager, the successful candidates will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the buildings and their equipment, as well as their security, maintenance and upkeep.

Equipped with relevant experience in building maintenance, audio-visual (AV) equipment set-up, and health and safety procedures, the role holders will be key points-of-contact for all departments at the Theatre School. The ideal candidate will bring demonstrable organisational skills and will be a strong team player, capable of offering flexibility and adaptability in their hands-on approach.

The successful candidates will play a central role in ensuring the School provides a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which our students can train, in turn ensuring the School is able to continue delivering its world-class training.

Contract: Full-time, permanent
Salary: £25,650 per annum
Posted: Friday 9 September
Closing date: Monday 3 October

Job description and person specification (PDF, 119 KB)
Further information about the role (PDF, 103 KB)
Application form (Word, 48 KB)
Equal opportunities monitoring form (Word, 48 KB)

Freelance opportunities

Shape the future of the drama industry…

Each term, we engage a range of freelance staff in a variety of roles across the Theatre School. Employing visiting professionals helps ensure our curricula remain informed by latest industry practice and that our students experience working with a variety of different practitioners.

Examples of freelance opportunities might include:

  • Short-term production-related contracts – e.g. directing or designing one of the School’s theatre productions or short films;
  • Specialist masterclasses and workshops – e.g. delivering half-day or day-long bespoke sessions in acting or production;
  • Short-term peripatetic teaching contracts – e.g. delivering skills-based classes throughout an academic term;
  • One-off commissions – e.g. new writing for a site-specific performance or short film.

Get in touch

We are always keen to hear from practitioners who can bring new approaches and expertise to the School. We are particularly interested to hear from those with identities or backgrounds under-represented within our own workforce and across the wider arts and training sectors. For further information about the School’s approach to recruitment and selection, please use the drop-down menu below.

All visiting freelancers are expected to abide by the School’s codes of conduct for staff and to demonstrate a commitment to the School’s Vision and Values, which underpins our approach to teaching and learning.

If you are interested in working with us, please email a copy of your CV and/or a covering letter to [email protected].

The personal information that you supply will be held securely on file by BOVTS for future reference. For further information, please see the data statement below.

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In just one year the MFA programme has given me the confidence in my artistry and the tools to work professionally that I lacked prior to my training. N'Dea Miles, MFA Professional Acting Student