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Current opportunities

Assistant Director, ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Sign of Four


Fee: £572 x 5 weeks

Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 10 May 2024


We are looking for an Assistant Director to support our world premiere production of ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Sign of Four’.


The opera will headline the Leeds Opera Festival 2024, with rehearsals and performances taking place between 29 July and 31 August (we may be able to accommodate some periods of absence between these dates).


This position would ideally suit a recent graduate or early career director who is looking to develop their professional experience.


People from the global majority, disabled and/or from working class or low socio-economic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. People from these groups are still currently under-represented in the arts, and we’re committed to challenging and changing this.




  • Assisting the work of the director and other creative team members

  • Taking rehearsal notes and ensuring that key staging / creative decisions are documented

  • Taking rehearsals in the absence of the director

  • Assisting with theatre get-in and technical rehearsals where practical

  • Any other production-related tasks as required


Key criteria


  • Demonstrable interest and commitment to developing a career as a director in theatre or opera

  • Experience of directing theatre or opera at either a higher education or professional level

  • Positive attitude and willingness to take on a range of tasks


Desirable criteria


  • Music score reading ability

  • Training and / or professional experience in Movement and / or Physical Theatre

  • Able to add to the current diversity of our creative and production teams


To apply please send the follow to


  1. CV, or link to a personal website or portfolio

  2. Cover letter (no more than 2 x A4), or link to video or audio file (no more than 2 minutes) outlining your interest in and suitability for the role

  3. Confirmation of your availability, or any periods of absence, between 29 July and 31 August 2024


Please note that we are not able to cover travel & accommodation costs for the role, so applicants should be within easy commuting distance of Leeds.


Interviews will be conducted by Zoom or telephone. Interview questions will be sent in advance and candidates will be asked to submit any access requirements in advance. All applicants will be contacted to let them know the outcome of their application.


If you have any questions about the role or application process please feel free to contact Artistic Director, David Ward, ahead of the deadline (

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