Production Assistant: Paid Internship

About imitating the dog

imitating the dog make ground-breaking, world class work in theatre spaces and site-specific locations fusing live performance and digital technologies.

The company has developed a popular and critical following and achieved a national and international reputation for innovation and excellence. imitating the dog is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.

Main Description

This paid internship offers an exciting opportunity to work with ground-breaking theatre company imitating the dog on their new adaptation of George Romero’s classic film Night of the Living Dead.  The role will entail attending rehearsals and performances at Leeds Playhouse from December 2019-February 2020 and then supporting a five-week tour to venues across the UK that takes place between February and March 2020.

Who will you be working with?

You will be working alongside a variety of people throughout the internship, but you will most often work with:

  • imitating the dog Artistic Directors, Andrew Quick, Pete Brooks and Simon Wainwright
  • The cast of imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse’s Co-production of Night of the Living Dead – Remix 
  • Laura Hopkins, the Designer on Night of the Living Dead – Remix
  • The technical creative team working on Night of the Living Dead – Remix
  • Leeds Playhouse staff working on the production

What will you do?

  • Work closely with Artistic Directors Andrew Quick, Simon Wainwright, Pete Brooks and the rest of the creative team
  • Undertake some stage management duties during the rehearsals of Night of the Living Dead – Remix
  • Work closely with the production team from Leeds Playhouse 
  • Source props and costumes, working closely with Designer Laura Hopkins
  • Where appropriate, undertake basic prop making
  • Assist the Directors in running rehearsals
  • Undertake running duties, where appropriate
  • Where possible, shadow the Artistic Directors
  • Where appropriate, assist the technical team 
  • Have a positive and responsible attitude to health and safety
  • Take responsibility for your own attendance, safe working practices, motivations, discipline and welfare
  • Be mentored by Andrew Quick

What is involved?

  • You will be based in Leeds during the rehearsal period of the internship.  Accommodation will be provided
  • You will attend rehearsals of imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse’s production of Night of the Living Dead – Remix
  • You will work across many areas to assist the production of Night of the Living Dead – Remix
  • As part of the internship you will have opportunities to experience and contribute to imitating the dog’s rehearsal process

You will be supported throughout your internship by Andrew Quick, imitating the dog Co-Artistic Director.

Minimum essential requirements

  • You must be 18 years or older on the 1st of November 2019
  • You must have work authorisation for the UK
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly which will include early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • Be fully available for all 12 weeks, including all tour dates

Skills Required 

  • Experience in working in theatre 
  • Previous experience of at least one of the following: production assistance, stage management, prop making, supporting set and costume design
  • Good at working in a team
  • A practical approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to work independently
  • Punctual and good at managing your own schedule
  • Respectful and receptive approach to all health and safety requirements
  • Self-motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge
  • A helpful, positive and proactive approach


All imitating the dog directors, employees and freelance personnel are required to uphold the company’s values, not limited to, but including:

  • Working ethically and collaboratively, committed to equality and diversity in all that we do 
  • Be proactive in professional development, including attending training as required
  • Follow all imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse policies and procedures

More Info

This is a fixed term contract for 12 weeks.

Key Dates:

Week commencing 16 December 2019: Development/rehearsal week in Leeds

6 Jan – 15 February 2020: Rehearsals and run in Leeds

17 February – 21 March 2020: UK tour – venues throughout UK

The post-holder will be required to travel, particularly with the production on tour. In these cases, travel costs will be paid and accommodation will be provided.

Fee £330 per week, plus ‘per diems’ allowance of £120 per week when on tour.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with a disability and / or who identify as BAME, as these people are currently under-represented within the company.

How to Apply

Please send a CV and a covering letter, outlining your interest and any relevant skills and experience, to Please ensure your covering letter is no longer than 2 sides. Please provide 2 referees (will not be approached until post is offered).

All applications will be treated in confidence. 

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on 20th November 2019

Interviews will be held on 25 November 2019 in Lancaster (candidates invited for interview will be informed by close of 21st November)