Work Experience

Behind the Scenes

At the Watermill we are committed to supporting young people to take part in work experience and shadowing across our organisation. Our Careers in the Arts work experience programme offers three different types of placement at The Watermill Theatre, in order to support a wide variety of people looking to learn about working in theatre and the arts.

All of our work experience placements are unpaid, however if transport is a barrier then financial support may be available.

We will conduct informal interviews with all of our successful applicants. These will be conducted bi-annually, at the beginning of the calendar year and academic year. Our applications remain open all year round. Applications submitted by the 19th September 2024 will be considered for placements between October '24 and March '25.

Please see more information about each one below, and apply using the form at the bottom of this page!


Secondary Education work experience

For students currently in year 10 and 11 at secondary school, or age 14 - 16, a placement up to 4 days long where you can work with a specific department, or across a few, to learn about the skills required, the day-to-day, further education & career options, and more!

We can offer this to up to 6 students a year.

Higher Education work experience

These placements are an opportunity for people at university, drama school, other higher education or age 18 - 22 to take an early career step in a professional environment. Working with one department in the organisation for an agreed period of time, we can offer this for 2 people per year.

Work experience with additional support

We are able to offer up to 3 bespoke placements per year, intended for those with additional needs whether that be physical, mental, or complications in their life. These can be for anyone age 14+ that is keen to take an early step towards a career in theatre.


Departments at the Watermill that these placements might include:

Stage Management


If you have any further questions please email The Watermill and Corn Exchange joint Careers in the Arts Lead Facilitator, Aimee, on 


Application form:

To apply please click here