All interviews will now take place remotely via phone or video conferencing.

We want to reassure applicants that we are planning for these two positions and the projects they’ll be involved in to go ahead as planned. But we will keep applicants updated on and work with the appointed apprentices to respond to any changes in circumstances. This may include postponement of activity or adaptation of projects.

In the meantime please stay safe and look after yourselves and each other! 

With love from all at Milk Presents 


Making An Entrance is a development programme for artists identifying as LGBTQIA+, questioning or thinking about their gender / sexuality, who are entering the industry and starting out in theatre and performance. The programme takes a nurturing approach to supporting artists to help craft skills needed to bring their whole selves to the work.

To kick off this brand new two year scheme of work we are looking for a Company Apprentice to join us and a newly recruited Directing Apprentice, to work with us across 2020 for around 7 weeks. 

The Company Apprentice will shadow Milk Presents’ core team members alongside the creation of our summer show, learn tangible skills for working in the independent theatre sector, and have the opportunity to develop their own project. This position is designed to offer training in the independent theatre sector to people of any age starting out in the industry. In particular it aims to offer industry experience for people who have not gone through higher education (University, BA, MA etc). 

In 2020 Milk Presents will be making Marty & The Party with Derby Theatre, a new show for under 5’s. This is the main project that you will be working on, along with other areas of interest. The Company Apprentice will focus on elements of producing and running a theatre company, as well as how to put on a professional show. You will learn skills in the following areas: 

  • Organisation & scheduling 
  • Marketing 
  • Fundraising and Budget Management 
  • Artist liaison 
  • Building and managing a creative team 
  • Contracting & administration 
  • PR
  • Interpersonal skills and communication 
  • Project planning & creative thinking 
  • Networking 

Making An Entrance is supported by Jerwood Arts’ Development Programme Fund and delivered in partnership with The HopBarn Centre for Music and Creative Performance and In Good Company, the Midlands flagship artist development programme.

Company Apprentice Timeline: 

April – Apprentices appointed 

May/June – Preparation for Marty & The Party

July – Rehearsals for Marty & The Party

August – Marty & The Party two week performance run  

Autumn – Two weeks of bespoke development (can include development of your own work) 

Commitment, Time & Fee 

You will need to have 2 – 4 days available each month during May & June. Then you will be part-time (3 days a week) during July – mid August. You will then have two weeks in Autumn to explore a specific area of interest or develop your own work (1 week of rehearsal space can be provided at Derby Theatre) 

Fee: £2800 (5 days a week, 8 hours per day = £80 per day, in line with & above National Living Wage) 

You will also receive £1000 for travel & accommodation away from home.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to ever changing situation under the COVID-19 crisis, these dates or the projects you end up working on may be subject to change. We will however work with the successful candidate to find a suitable workaround should our proposed projects face cancellation. 

Who is it for?:

  • Any LGBTQIA+ identifying artists aged 18+ who are resident in the UK, and who have not gone through higher education (University, BA, MA etc) 
  • Folx who can prove they are committed to developing their creative practice professionally (perhaps have developed an independent project or assisted on a professional show) 
  • Folx with additional access needs – we encourage you to apply.
  • We actively encourage applications from QTIBPOC artists.
  • Folx based anywhere in the UK (some of the work will take place in Derby).

Please Note: 

  • We can help to support child care costs if this is a barrier. 
  • We have provision to respond to access needs on an individual basis. 
  • You don’t need loads of experience – just a commitment to making performance and an enthusiasm to get involved. 

How to apply:

If you think this is you, please send us a CV and answer the following questions on a video (no more than 3mins) or write them down (no more than 300 words): 

  • Tell us about a project or a show you have seen or worked on. You could tell us about why you enjoyed it or why you didn’t! Or what you found challenging and/or fulfilling. 
  • Tell us why you are right for this opportunity and how it would benefit you at this moment in time
  • Tell us some of your plans or ambitions for the future.
  • Please confirm you are available for the dates outlined above 

Please also fill in and send us this Equality & Opportunities Form for monitoring purposes only. 

Please send your applications to Making An Entrance project manager Lee Smith at

The deadline to apply is 10am on Tuesday 14th April. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 22 April. Interviews will take place remotely by phone or video call. Please let us know if you have any access needs and we will do our best to make things comfy for you. 

All applicants will be notified by Friday 17th April at the latest. 

Please be aware that we are a small team and we will not be able to give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. However, each applicant will receive a brief outline of how their application sat within the assessment criteria.

Assessment Criteria

All applications will be assessed according to the following criteria: 

  • Suitability for the role:
    • where you currently are in your professional development
    • how you fulfil the person specification (see: who’s it for?)
  • Learning Outcomes: Will the learning outcomes be in line with your professional development?
  • Feasibility: Are you available for the time required?

If you have any questions then give us a shout:

Twitter – @MilkPresents

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