Assistant Director Opportunity

Kali Theatre is looking for an Assistant Director

We are looking for an Assistant Director for our Autumn 2023 production of Phantasmagoria at Southwark Playhouse and on tour.

This is a professional development opportunity for early career women or non-binary afab theatre directors from a South Asian background*.

*At least one parent must be descended from the diasporas of the Indian Subcontinent.

Previous experience of directing and creating new theatre work is desirable.

Directors with movement skills particularly welcome.


Phantasmagoria By Deepika Arwind  Directed by Jo Tyabji

In the hours before a live TV debate a young activist and a spokesperson for the ruling party meet in an isolated house in a forest – political, ideological and religious adversaries brought together by a journalist mutual friend. They sit and wait – fearful of what might happen.  Meanwhile, eerie happenings – creatures & shadows in the dark – haunt this waiting time.  As crowds gather demanding to attend the debate, mounting paranoia and horror collide in an explosive unravelling of political convictions and personal histories.  Phantasmagoria pits the terror of speaking out against the fear of staying quiet in order to speak to us all about the dangers of growing populism and unbridled social media.


This is a great opportunity to observe and learn about directing new theatre writing through:

  • Assisting the Director and cast through the rehearsals and the production week in Coventry.
  •  Assisting the Director with seeing the production into the Newcastle and London venues.
  • Observing and reporting on performances during the run at all three venues.


There will also be opportunities for:

  • Devising and delivering workshops for young people on the themes of the play in conjunction with the Artistic Director
  • Sessions with the Artistic Director on leadership of a new writing company
  • Sessions with the General Manager on planning and managing a studio production



Rehearsals   4 – 30 September in London

Production Week  2 – 8 October – Coventry Belgrade

Tour 10 &12 October – Newcastle Northern Stage

Southwark Playhouse get in, opening nights and Press Night 30 October – 10 November -.

Fee  An all-inclusive fee on a freelance basis of £4,360 plus travel and accommodation to be paid in instalments

This opportunity is for women or non-binary people from a South Asian background*.

*At least one parent must be descended from the diasporas of the Indian Subcontinent.


To apply

Please email us at attaching a CV (no more than two pages) and a separate one page covering letter outlining your ambitions and aspirations for your career and how this opportunity would help you and written confirmation of how your background makes you eligible for this opportunity.

CV and covering letter in Word or PDF format only.

With the subject line Assistant Director Application


Deadline Tuesday 27 June

Interviews in London on Friday 7 July


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