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This is an opportunity to work as a mentored Assistant Musical Director on new musical MANDELA at the Young Vic Theatre. 

Book by Laiona Michelle, Music and Lyrics by Greg Dean Borowsky and Shaun Borowsky, Directed by Schele Williams. In proud partnership with Mandela Family. Co-produced with Nandi Mandela, Luvuyo Madasa, Shaun Hurwitz, Ronen Zekry, Greg Dean Borowsky, Shaun Borowsky and Brian and Dayna Lee. 

Rehearsals (London)                                    17 October 
Band calls week commencing                      14 November 
Technical Rehearsals                                   21 November 
First Preview                                                28 November
Press performance week commencing         5 December 
Final performance                                        11 February

*This can be a full-time or part-time role 

Fee: £700-£750 per week, dependant on experience

The Role

The Young Vic is excited to offer this paid training and development opportunity as part of a pilot mentorship scheme for emerging Musical Directors. No prior experience working in theatre is necessary; we are eager to hear from individuals aspirational to learn and with an interest in gaining valuable experience on a large scale new musical. As part of our commitment to developing and championing diverse new talent across the sector, we are particularly keen to hear from Black and Global Majority candidates and those who connect to the story and context of Mandela.

As Assistant Musical Director mentee, you will be responsible for working as a musical support to the entire music team of the production, particularly in support of and liaison with the Musical Director and Associate Musical Director. A great deal of this role will involve being involved with rehearsals from the start of production, leading towards being main rehearsal pianist in the room and a support on the keyboard chairs through show tech. The aspiration is that this position will offer an opportunity to be first call as dep for the Associate Chair of the show once the show opens. 

You will support the MD, Associate MD and larger music team administratively in collaboration through this role. You will need to be adaptable, energetic and enthusiastic to help the music team through a busy and demanding schedule. You will get the opportunity to work on a large scale musical theatre production and gain first-hand experience in the creative process of making a new musical.

Skills and Experience: 
We are looking for someone who can demonstrate that they have:
•    A strong level of piano skill, that demonstrates comfort both in groove based music but also comfort reading music on the page
•    Comprehensive sight reading skills
•    A knowledge of conducting and experience being conducted in an ensemble
•    Musical notation, arranging or composition using Sibelius or similar
•    Experience of, or interest in working on a musical theatre production with actors, dancers and musicians


We are actively interested in ways in which this role can embrace the specific enthusiasms and developmental interests of the successful candidate. Through bespoke mentorship from the Musical Director, we are excited to present this role as an opportunity to develop and deepen learning including across the following areas:
•    Conducting during live performance directing the orchestra
•    Working closely with musicians and people management
•    The process of music preparation
•    Observation and learning of vocal leadership
•    Communications within the music team
•    Insight and observation of the rehearsal process on a first class new musical production
•    Working with a copyist on a new musical production
•    Experience of working within a building-based producing company

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please send a CV and a video of the prepared musical material provided in the Audition Pack with a brief intro introducing yourself and your interest in the project. 

We would be interested to find out your relevant experience in relation to the information above and your interest in this particular role working with the key creatives on the show. You should be a resident in the UK at point of application. Please address and send your application to 

Please add your name, telephone number and email address to every page you submit. 

In applying, you confirm that you are free for the majority of the dates outlined above. If you know you have any prior commitments during the rehearsal period or run please let us know and we will try to accommodate these as much as we can. 

Also, please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form below. Filling in the form will help us to be representative as possible, in the makeup of our creative teams. Our aim is to embrace diversity, ambition, and excellence. To achieve this, it is useful for us to know a certain amount about who you are.  

Please tell us your access requirements so we can get the appropriate provision in place as soon as possible. Send in your access rider or alternatively, you can complete the form found below. 

If you live outside of London (in England), we can provide financial support for travel and accommodation for interviews, during the rehearsals and the run.


The closing date for applications is 10pm on Sunday 9 October 2022, with interviews taking place Thursday 13 or Fri 14 October 2022.

We will get back in touch with everyone to confirm we have receive your application.