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A paid opportunity to assist on a Young Vic show

Learning from experienced artists by assisting is a vital chance to develop skills and understanding. Equally, having the chance to spend time in a theatre and understand how the various departments work together is also an important aspect of an artist's knowledge. Each year we provide five assistantships which include a residency at the Young Vic and an attachment to a production. The programme will include:

  • An assistantship on a Young Vic production or co-production
  • A two-week tailored placement observing day to day running of the theatre, attending planning and management meetings and spending time in departments such as marketing, production and development
  • The opportunity to devise and lead two peer-led projects for the Genesis Network

Each assistant will receive a fee to cover their placement and assistantship on a production.  

Recent Jerwood Assistant Directors include:

  • Annie Kershaw, Best of Enemies
  • Zoe Templeman-Young, Hamlet
  • Khadifa Wong, Changing Destiny 
  • David Furlong, Orfeus: A House Music Opera
  • Julia Levai, Nora: A Doll’s House
  • Robert Awosusi, Fairview 
  • Monique Touko and Emily Ling, Blood Wedding
  • Munotida Chinyanga, Tree
  • Emerald Crankson, Death of a Salesman
  • Seif Abdel Salam, Jesus Hopped The A Train
  • Mina Barber, The Convert
  • Eva Sampson, Twelfth Night
  • Leo J. Skilbeck, Fun Home
  • Sadie Spencer, The Inheritance
  • Nicole Charles, The Jungle
  • Anna Poole, Wings
  • Natalie Denton, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


Assistantships are a key part of the Young Vic’s Jerwood Artist Development Pathway. The Pathway is a holistic program of industry entry points and progression routes for early-career artists. In partnership with Jerwood Arts we offer traineeships, assistantships, opportunities to build creative skills and collaborative networks. This crucial pathway is generously supported by the Jerwood Arts Developing Artists Fund.