Volunteering opportunities at Iris Theatre

Assistant Producers & Marketing Assistant

April - September 2017

Iris Theatre is looking for three passionate individuals who would like to be part of the busy company office as ASSISTANT PRODUCER (x2) or MARKETING ASSISTANT for our upcoming summer productions of Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel. These are exciting, voluntary roles, offering the successful candidates strong experience in theatre producing or arts marketing to further their career as a theatre professional.

For more information about the roles, click here.


Monday 27th March 2017, 5pm

Set Construction & Design Placements

Construction of Much Ado About Nothing

Construction of Much Ado About Nothing

We are looking for four set design students who are keen to gain more practical experience in set construction to join the Set Design and Set Construction team for our Summer Repertory Season 2017 as they create and deliver the scenic designs for our two new productions.

The team consists of carpentry students as well as professional makers and designers who work collaboratively with the Director and Heads of Departments (Producer, Lighting, Sound, Costume and Stage Management) in realising, constructing and finalising the set.

The dates

There are two sets of dates available for two placements each.

The chosen candidates need to be available for the following periods (for a minimum of 4 days per week):

For the Shakespeare play, availability should be from 22nd May to 27th June 2017.


For the family show, availability should be from 26th June to 8th August 2017.

Design / Construction meetings may take place prior to that, to which you will be invited to attend.

Learning Outcomes

– Using hand and power tools for a range of materials proficiently, such as the chop and table saw, welder an angle-grinder, paint sprayer and various other equipment. (Further training and health and safety procedures will be provided)
– Joinery skills
– Carpentry skills
– Translating a design into practical construction plans
– Using and handling wood and other materials to best deliver the design
– Leading on individual or team projects
– Collaborating with a team
– Supervising the work of others who may be volunteers

Desirable skills

This is a challenging assignment and is best suited for determined individuals who enjoy creating imaginative, larger than life artwork. It is a wonderful opportunity for four talented individuals to get immersed into an ambitious professional production within a supportive environment.

You will be using your creativity and design skills to best support the realisation of the designs, getting involved in construction and offering your expertise in scenic art.
– Resourceful and imaginative with a can-do attitude
– Some experience of scenic art and stage design (this can be on university projects)
– Some experience of using hand and power tools
– A good design flair

Carpenter working on construction of Treasure Island

Carpenter working on construction of Treasure Island

Many previous placements have moved on to more senior roles leading on set design such as Valentina Turtur (set designer on Treasure Island in 2016, placement on Pinocchio in 2015), and Amber Scarlett (set designer on Much Ado About Nothing in 2016, Pinocchio in 2015, placement on Richard III in 2014).

Scenic art design of Much Ado About Nothing

Set designer Amber Scarlett working on the design of Much Ado About Nothing

Please send the following documents and information:
– CV
– A short cover letter (1 side of A4)

To: Tanja Pagnuco, Producer, Iris Theatre, summer@iristheatre.com

Please insert SET CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN PLACEMENT as the subject and please indicate which set of dates you are available for.

Deadline for applications: Friday 31st March 2017, 5pm.

Interviews will take place in the week of the 10th April.


Production Office Assistant

Voluntary Flexible

Iris Theatre is looking for enthusiastic Production Office Assistants to support the team in delivering key events and productions throughout the year.

Production Office Assistants will gain insight into the everyday running of a theatre company and will learn about all aspects of theatre management and production from marketing and administration to production, front of house and box office. This is the perfect opportunity for someone looking to gain useful skills for further employment.

This is a part-time opportunity. Past Assistants have gone on to work for a number of venues including Jackson’s Lane, the Almeida and paid work for Iris Theatre.

To apply please email production@iristheatre.com with a personal statement describing your interest in this role (1 side of A4 max).

Front of House Volunteers


There are regular opportunities for  Front of House volunteers to help out at our events or summer season shows.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with then drop us a line at summer@iristheatre.com; feel free to include a CV if you have one.