Arts & Culture

Theatre Administration Internship

  • Shoreditch
  • Talawa


Talawa is the UK’s leading Black theatre company. We have established a track record of producing quality work which shines a spotlight on Black talent, creating theatre for diverse audiences across the country. Mounting more than fifty productions over our 30-year history, we are the only Black British theatre company that presents the traditional canon of British theatre alongside international work and new plays. Recent productions include King Lear and Guys & Dolls, co-produced with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. New work includes Girls by Theresa Ikoko which toured in 2017 and Half Breed by Natasha Marshall, which was presented in 2017 and toured again this year.

Talawa is committed to supporting the development of emerging and established Black artists. Artists tell us they need a stronger network and more opportunities to work together. In response to their needs and the concerns of the wider industry, we have created MAKE, a community of Black emerging artists, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. We believe a strong community of Black artists is the key to changing the future of the theatre landscape.

In November 2018 we are launching MAKE Online, an online community for Black artists based in the UK.Talawa is searching for offices and a Studio space in London and anticipate that it will be undertaking a large scale Capital campaign in the next few years.


This internship is designed for someone who is interested in developing a career in theatre administration, rather than a creative role such as a director, writer or performer. It is based in our office rather than in a theatre. You will support the work of our small staff team of ten by working across the majority of departments to understand how a touring theatre company operates. You will get the opportunity to take responsibility on specific projects. You will receive on the job training for any tasks which require more support.


Key duties and responsibilities


Working with the Administrator and Executive Director on:

  • Ensuring the smooth running of the office (e.g. restocking supplies)
  • Dealing with incoming correspondence (visitors in person, via phone and email)
  • Organise branded items for the team (e.g. badges)
  • Supporting the administration team with other tasks as appropriate


MarketingWorking with the Marketing and Communications Manager to:

  • Organise the latest submission of Talawa’s archive to the V&A museum
  • Build Talawa’s digital archive
  • Assist with Talawa’s social media, including an Instagram ‘take-over’


FundraisingWorking with the Development and Marketing Coordinator to:

  • Research potential funders
  • Assist in preparing for the launch of Talawa’s Individual Giving Supporter’s scheme


Literary and participation

Working with the Literary Associate and New Work Coordinator on:


  • Assisting in the co-ordination of workshops
  • Collating registrations and equal opportunity data
  • Creating regional databases
  • Setting up meetings
  • Taking minutes of meetings
  • Research


‘Studio Firsts’ administration including:

  • Collating applications and equal opportunity data
  • Uploading to the CRM system
  • Drafting feedback to unsuccessful applicants


‘Talawa Firsts’ - preparation for the projectArtisticSupporting the work of the Associate Director with:

  • Preparation for workshops/ presentations they deliver
  • Administration for productions they are directing.


Duties and Responsibilities of all team members

  • To be aware of, and comply with, Health and Safety rules at work and to abide by the procedures as set out in the Health and Safety policy
  • To work in accordance with the principles of Talawa’s Equality and Diversity statement
  • To be active in Talawa’s commitment to Environmental Sustainability and reduce environmental impact
  • To be aware of and comply with rules and legislation pertaining to Safeguarding and to abide by the procedures as set out in the Safeguarding policy
  • To abide by other guidelines, procedures and policies provided by the Company
  • To contribute towards Talawa’s fundraising goals, this may include research, writing applications, advocacy and managing relationships
  • To take part in such working groups as might from time to time be required for the fulfilment of organisational targets.


Essential skills and experience

  • Interested in learning more about theatre and working within the industry
  • Punctual with good time-keeping skills
  • Hardworking and able to take responsibility for your work and learning
  • Able to motivate yourself and show initiative
  • A ‘can-do’ attitude and able to keep calm under pressure
  • Confident and friendly when greeting guests and visitors
  • Know how to deal with confidential information
  • Able to work in a team
  • Good communication skills in writing and speaking
  • Organised with attention to detail
  • Computer literacy skills (including MS Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Familiar with social media (including Twitter and Instagram)

 Desirable skills and experience

  • An interest in Talawa’s vision and mission
  • Know what it’s like to work in a busy office environment
  • Able to use CRM/Database software
  • Knowledge of updating websites.


Dates: 5 February to 14 March 2019
Days: 3 days per week Tuesday to Thursday
Times: 10am to 6pm with 1 hour for lunch
Location: E1 6LA
Salary: £8.00 - £10.00 per hour


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