Dick Whittington cast members rehearsing for their show


Freelancers are a vital part of our industry, and of the work we do at Stratford East. On this page you can read about how each department works with freelancers and how those roles will be advertised. If you have any general recruitment enquiries then please email recruitment@stratfordeast.com 

Freelance Royalty Scheme

The Freelance Royalty scheme is Stratford East’s membership designed to support arts freelancers aged 18+ who are living or working in East London*.

Sign up now for a FREE membership to join our network of freelancers and access exclusive benefits including free or discounted rehearsal space, networking events, workshops, freelance surgeries, showcase opportunities for artists and much more.

Click here to find out more and sign up

We programme 5-7 productions a year on our stage, made up of a mixture of classic plays, revivals and new work. We sometime also run smaller projects. We don't accept unsolicited scripts, as our ability to programme new work is limited, but we do occasionally run call-outs for new projects.

Any call-outs will be on the Vacancies page of our website, along with adverts for any vacant roles in our creative teams.

In the production department we rely on freelancers for the majority of our show-related roles. This includes Technicians, Sound Engineers, Electricians, Costume-Makers, Dressers, Follow-Spot Operators, Stage Crew, Carpenters, Video Engineers, Stage Management, Production Management and Scenic Artists. These freelancers can be employed for a day, or on a fixed-term contract.

We are always looking for freelance technical staff of all disciplines to join us and help support our Production department in facilitating our shows. If you are interested in being added to our pool of freelance staff, please click here and add your details to the form. Your details will be kept on our files in accordance with our Data policy for 36 months and then removed in accordance with GDPR.

Learning & Production
We work with freelancers to deliver and project manage our programmes.  The work ranges from longer term programmes such as our youth theatres, shorter interventions such as holiday and schools' programmes and one-off items such as masterclasses and insight days.  We work with creatives such as Directors, Writers, Movement Specialists and Designers, as well as those who work in backstage disciplines. We also work with freelancers with project management skills.  Our work focuses on four key areas: young people, schools, communities and emerging artists.  We accept CVs throughout the year and will post upcoming opportunities on the Vacancies page of our website. 

To contact the L&P department please email getinvolved@stratfordeast.com 

Marketing and Box Office
The marketing team work with freelancers on a number of different projects. These can be one-offs (such as photographing an event) or repeated (such as providing BSL-interpretation of talks and performances). Any vacancies will be advertised on our website, but we are happy to receive CVs and short covering notes from providers all year round.

The kind of providers we work with are Hand to hand/promotions team, access performance providers (BSL, captioning, audio description), videographers, photographers, hair and make-up artists, illustrators and animators.

To contact the marketing department please email marketing@stratfordeast.com


* (Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Havering)

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