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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

Assistant Directors

  • Assistant DirectorsReference: AD22

    Summary: We are looking for two Assistant Directors to assist Daniel Evans and Josh Seymour on their Festival 2022 productions, The Narcissist and Local Hero.

No. 1 Sound Technician

  • No. 1 Sound TechnicianReference:

    Summary: We are looking for an experienced No.1 Sound Technician to join the Sound Department for our brand new production of Crazy For You.

Work Experience and Training

We are committed to supporting work experience and shadowing across our organisation when possible. 

For more information or to submit an application click here.


Volunteering

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 heritage@cft.org.uk.


Opportunities in Hospitality 

Caper and Berry are CFT's catering partner and run our cafés, restaurants and bars.   

If you would like to be part of their team at CFT please contact dining@caperandberry.co.uk