About Placements

Stage One Producer Placements offer unique hands-on training and development opportunity for outstanding entrepreneurial individuals in London producing offices and regional producing venues.

We believe that the best way to hone your skills as an emerging producer is to learn within a dynamic and practical environment. The trainee producer takes on some of the responsibilities of a Production Assistant, but will also be provided with training from an experienced mentor within the host organisation. We offer two types of trainee producer placements: the London Placement and the Regional Placement.

In 2018, we funded 6 London placements and 4 regional placements. Each role requires the candidates to be able to demonstrate a dedication to a career as an independent commercial theatre producer with at least 1-2 years’ experience in theatre or producing.*

Previously we have placed trainee producers in leading producing offices such as Sonia Friedman Productions, Playful Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group and in thriving regional theatres such as Mercury Theatre, Leeds Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic.

*this is essential for regional placements.

London Placements

This unique placement aims to identify, develop and support the most ambitious and promising emerging producers by providing them with hands-on training in a West End producing office. If awarded a placement, the trainee producer is involved in all aspects of production and ideally will work on two or more shows opening in the West End or going out on tour. The trainee producer will be able to attend additional Stage One development courses and training as part of their placement.

We aim for each trainee producer to do 2 x 6 month placements in different producing offices to expose them to many different types and scales of work. Placements are currently being held at:

The Stage One Producer Placement has given me an invaluable opportunity to see how commercial theatre producing operates in the West End. I can’t think of another scheme that gives you the exposure to the industry in the same brilliant way, whilst giving support and guidance when needed – it’s helped me gain the skills, knowledge, contacts and confidence to produce my own work in the years to come.

- Matthew Green, Production Co-ordinator, Mark Rubinstein Ltd.

Regional Placement

Stage One launched the regional producer placement scheme in 2013 in order to increase communication and shared knowledge across the subsidised and commercial sectors. The placement not only benefits the producer but also the host theatre/organisation as they have further opportunity to produce in-house. The scheme is designed for emerging producers who have a key interest in regional theatre.

Host organisations will expose producers to high quality work and allow them to develop the commercial aspirations of the organisation through co-productions, touring and/or transfers. The placement will develop the trainee producer's knowledge through hands-on experience and increase their commercial contacts within the industry. The subsidised houses we work with will be more ambitious in their plans to exploit more of their work. The appointed trainee producers will also receive an additional bursary to allow them to travel to and from London to take part in additional mentoring and training provided by Stage One.

Each trainee producer will do 1 x 12 month placements in a regional theatre/organisation. Stage One Regional placements are currently being held at:

We are currently accepting applications from venues across the UK to partner with in 2021, with the aim to provide 4 unique and vital placements to talented individuals in Autumn. Please click here for more information and download the application form to apply. 

Being on a regional placement with Stage One has allowed me to take my commercial aspirations and knowledge, and develop further within a subsidised arts organisation. It's a unique experience, seeing how these two sectors benefit from working together and seeing this trend spread across the UK, supporting my passion in creating high quality, commercially successful work and still cultivating local communities.

- Robyn Bennett, Stage One Trainee Producer at Watford Palace Theatre in 2017

Apply for a Placement

Applications for both London & Regional producer placements are closed for 2020. To apply to the Producer Placements, you'll need to become a Stage One member. Becoming a member offers you opportunties and resources, as well as allowing you to build your own Producer profile. 





The main difference between the Regional and London placement is the length of appointment and the practicalities of applying. The role is fundamentally the same just in different parts of the UK. 

The Regional Placement is a 12 month placement within a host venue selected by Stage One. You will already know the host venues before you apply and you can apply to more than one venue. If successful, the host organisation will invite you to interview directly.

The London Placement has a slightly different application process. When applying to the London Commercial placement you will be applying to enter a pool of producers who will then get the opportunity to specifically apply to selected production companies when placements become available throughout the year. If you are successful you will then be placed for 6 months with the production company. You will get the option to relocate to another production company after 6 months or stay at your current production company (placement dependent). Stage One aim to offer a maximum of 12 months training/placement and there may be a gap between the two fixed-term contracts. Please note that placements are subject to availability and we cannot guarantee 12 months continuous training.

1-2 years in either a theatre related role or with producing experience in the Fringe or off West-End. If you’re worried you might not have the relevant experience please do give us a call on 020 7557 6737 or email [email protected].

All positions are full time, 40 hours per week with some evening and weekend work required. The 2019/20 salary is fixed at £22,000.

The trainee producer will be appointed a mentor within their host organisation. This is usually be your line manager at Producer level or higher and you will primarly report to them. However, each month the trainee producer must submit a report form to Stage One signed by their mentor to note progress made and where training gaps may need attention. Stage One is a charity and dependent on funding from other trust or foundation bodies so it is essential for us to report back on the scheme’s development.

Applications for the producer placement scheme tend to open in January each year. Sign up as a Stage One member to find out accurate application opening dates as well as receiving our newsletter filled with ticket offers and opportunities and hearing what our alumni are up to. You can sign up by clicking here and don’t forget to follow us on social media! @StageOneNewProd


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