Come and join us!

CFT has a dynamic and collaborative working environment. Many of our departments are based in an open plan office wrapped around the Festival Theatre stage, with views onto Oaklands Park, ensuring we work closely together and establish strong and mutually supportive relationships.

We have 80 permanent staff in roles ranging from Technical and Producers to Finance, Marketing to Theatre Management, Development to Engineering, and Learning, Education and Participation. Every department is integral to the Theatre’s work and our world-renowned productions.

During the Festival season we welcome additional staff to our Technical departments, including Wigs & Wardrobe, Props, Stage, Lighting and Sound. Many people return each year but we always enjoy welcoming new faces too.

CFT believes professional development is important for all our staff; training and short courses are encouraged and readily available. We also offer apprenticeships, work placements and traineeships.

We offer competitive salaries and a variety of staff benefits including a generous contribution to staff pensions; for full details, see our individual Recruitment Packs.

Chichester Festival Theatre believes diversity is about celebrating and valuing individuals. The Theatre has an equality of opportunity approach and aspires to give everyone the chance to achieve their potential.
We particularly welcome applications from individuals whose background and experience are currently under-represented among our staff, including disabled people and people who are ethnically and culturally diverse and who experience racism in our society.

Chichester Festival Theatre is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people we work with. We ensure a range of policies and procedures are in place which promote safeguarding and safer practice across our organisation.

CFT’s policy is to email all unsuccessful candidates if they have not been shortlisted for interview. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot always guarantee to give feedback although we will try to do so where possible.

For actors: CFT does not have a full-time, in-house casting department. Our Casting Associate, Charlotte Sutton CDG, works on most Festival productions (occasionally alongside other freelance casting directors). We endeavour to uphold the theatre Audition Guidelines as specified by the Casting Directors Guild.

Find out more about Festival seasons and the work we do here at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Current Vacancies

Development Manager (Corporate & Trust)

  • Development Manager (Corporate & Trust)Reference: 1221DM(C&T)

    Summary: Are you an experienced individual fundraiser or relationship manager looking for a new challenge? Do you have a passion for the creative arts and are looking for a role with more joy and incredible impact? We are looking for a new Development Manager to join our successful Development team with a focus on leading our corporate and trust fundraising.

Senior Development Manager (Individuals)

  • Senior Development Manager (Individuals)Reference: 0122SDM

    Summary: We are looking for a new Senior Development Manager to join our successful Development team with a focus on leading on individual giving. Ahead of our 60th anniversary in 2022, this is an exciting time to join a successful theatre that is growing.

Work Experience and Training

We are committed to supporting work experience and shadowing across our organisation when possible. During the current period while Covid restrictions are in place, we regret we are unable to accept any work experience applications for placements within the building.

Prologue Ambassador Programme

  • Prologue Ambassador ProgrammeReference:

    Summary: We are currently recruiting for our Prologue Ambassador Programme, a work experience opportunity for anyone interested in developing their arts marketing skills and gaining experience at a leading regional theatre. We are excited to have young volunteers, aged 16-30, join our team and help us to promote the Prologue scheme at CFT.


We offer a variety of heritage activities that enable people to engage with our building and history in different ways. Our vibrant heritage work depends on the continued support of valued volunteers, and offers opportunities to gain skills, meet new people and develop confidence.

We are always keen to expand our volunteering pool and would love to hear from individuals of all abilities and backgrounds who are interested in the Theatre and its history.

For more information, please contact