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


  • Trustees (target age 18 - 30)Reference:

    Summary: The Board is looking to identify up to two trustees (target age 18-30) to join the Board and co-Chair our Youth Advisory Board.

No. 1 Sound Operator

  • No. 1 Sound OperatorReference:

    Summary: We are looking for a No.1 Sound Operator for our production of Local Hero.

Work Experience and Training

We are not currently accepting applications for Work Experience placements but there are two year long programmes you can apply for below.

Prologue Ambassador Programme

  • Prologue Ambassador ProgrammeReference:

    Summary: We are excited to have young volunteers, aged 16-30, join our team and help us to promote the Prologue scheme at CFT.

Young Practitioners Programme

  • Young Practitioners ProgrammeReference:

    Summary: We are inviting young people aged 18-21 to join the CFT Young Practitioners Programme, building creative facilitation and leadership skills.


Our vibrant theatre work depends on the continued support of valued volunteers, and offers opportunities to gain skills, meet new people and develop confidence. For more information or to express your interest click here.

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