The Watermill Theatre has developed a reputation as one of Britain's most exciting regional theatres. Over 67,000 people attend shows or one-off events at The Watermill each year, and our extensive outreach and education programme provides opportunities for over 19,000 people of all ages to take part at The Watermill.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and access for all irrespective of their age, gender, class, marital status, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, religious belief or sexual orientation. We aim to create a working environment which values and respects the variety of life styles and cultures found within theatre and within our local community.

We are dedicated to ensuring that no employee, audience member, or any other person connected to the work of The Watermill Theatre, experiences unlawful or unfair discrimination or harassment. We are committed to equality of opportunity in which individuals are selected for employment and treated on the basis of their relevant merits.

Current Vacancies 

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The Watermill Theatre are currently looking for creatives to work on their upcoming Youth Ensemble shows for A Monster Calls in Autumn 2022 and a title to be confirmed for Spring 2023. We are keen to hear from those who are early in their career and particularly welcome applications from individuals whose background and experience are currently under-represented among our staff, including Deaf and disabled people, and those who identify as ethnically and culturally diverse.

We actively encourage applications from people from a variety of backgrounds. We also encourage people who don’t necessarily meet these criteria but believe they could challenge our thinking and ensure the theatre’s future resilience.


Set/Costume Designers (Spring 2023 only)
Fee: £1750

Lighting Designers (Autumn 2022 & Spring 2023)
Fee: £875

Sound Designers (Autumn 2022 & Spring 2023)
Fee: £875

Application Deadline Friday 15 July, 5pm.

If you are interested in applying, please email your CV and a short covering letter to

If you prefer this information in BSL, please just ask.

The Watermill Theatre are seeking a workshop leader for our Take Part Sessions 'Sign Up'.
Sign Up is a project designed to teach BSL to hearing or deaf people through drama games and activities. Each week the leader chooses a new topic (emotions, family, etc) and teaches a selection of signs to learn.
We’re looking for a deaf drama facilitator or BSL tutor to lead the sessions.
Dates: Mondays 5.30pm - 6.30pm, every 2 weeks September to November 2022
Location: Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
Fee: £38 per session
For more information email


If you prefer this information in BSL please just ask. 

We have been making sign integrated performances on our productions since 2016 and we always work with a Deaf “outside eye”. Watch a video here about our BSL style: 

We are always interested to meet new creatives to work with us as our BSL sign integration consultant. The BSL consultant is part of the production journey, working closely with two sign performers who create the BSL translation and are rehearsed into the production. The BSL consultant supports translation and creation of character sign names, which can be done remotely via video call. They also attend rehearsals at The Watermill, when the sign performers work with the speaking actors.

Fees are dependent on the scale of the project, in line with industry standards.
If you would be interested to join our pool of BSL consultants, please contact

If you prefer this information in BSL, please just ask. 

For our upcoming sign integrated performance of Othello we are looking for a sign performer who is hearing or deaf and a BSL consultant to support the production. We are particularly interested in meeting with those who come from the global majority or identify as a person of colour.

More information about our approach to sign integrated performances, including a BSL video, is available at 


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The Watermill Theatre are always keen to expand their pool of freelancer theatre practitioners, facilitators and specialists to support the delivery of their Outreach work. 

We are particularly interested in hearing from practitioners who have experience of working with people with additional needs including young people with autism, young people or adults with mental health illnesses and adults with learning disabilities.

We actively encourage applications from people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills as The Watermill Theatre is committed to equal opportunities for all.

To find out about current regular projects and groups please visit the Take Part pages on our website,

Because of the remote location of The Watermill, applicants should ideally have access to their own transport and be prepared to travel.

Lead facilitator's fee: £38 per hour (+£15 pastoral fee per session, where applicable)

Assistant facilitator's fee: £12.50 per hour (+£10 pastoral fee per session, where applicable)

If you're interested in becoming part of The Watermill's Outreach team, please send your CV and a short covering letter to Outreach Director, Heidi Bird at / 01635 570927.

Successful applicants will need to complete a DBS check and provide two references for us to contact.