Sadler's Wells

The role

The Programming Intern is responsible for providing administrative support in the delivery of Sadler’s Wells’ artistic programme, offering a welcoming service to artists, companies and staff.


  • Organising and coordinating logistical arrangements for visiting companies
  • Preparing Event requests (ER’s) for Programming events
  • Assisting with the arrangements for open dress rehearsals
  • Assisting with the preparation of company information documents, including visiting company packs and company books
  • Attending airport pick-ups as required
  • Preparing and circulating schedules
  • Circulating running times for performances across all three
  • Booking in ad hoc studio and space request for the department
  • Assisting with additional requirements for visiting companies, such as booking ‘extras’, flowers, or physio appointments
  • Assisting in the administration of records and processes, taking phone calls and responding to emails
  • Assisting with database management; Updating the filing system and storage, including setting up new files and reviewing existing files
  • Presenting a welcoming, courteous and efficient service to all visitors to Sadler’s Wells, artists and colleagues
  • Along with other colleagues in the Programming Department, be available and willing to be ‘Person in Charge’ (PIC) at post show parties, events and non-public programmed events outside of the theatre’s regular operating hours

About the employer

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading arts organisation, dedicated to presenting, producing and touring dance made today in all its forms. Sadler’s Wells commissions, presents and produces more dance than any other theatre in the world – from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance. With an innovative, year-round programme of performances and learning activities, this is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where everyone is welcomed to experience dance and be inspired.

Dance has the ability to connect with people both intellectually and emotionally and Sadler’s Wells’ vision is that dance is part of everyone’s life. They want to make sure that dance continues to have something new to say but also that it continues to stimulate the way we think about the world around us.

Over half a million people come to their theatres in London each year, with many more enjoying their touring productions at partner venues across the UK and in cities around the world. Sadler’s Wells Theatre has been located in Islington since the 17th century. The modern day theatre comprises a main auditorium (1,500 seats); the Lilian Baylis Studio (180 seats); three rehearsals studios; bars, a café, facilities for private and corporate entertaining and offices for Sadler’s Wells’ staff. The second theatre building and West End home, the Peacock (1,000 seats), is subject to a unique agreement whereby Sadler’s Wells and the London School of Economics jointly manage it, with the LSE presenting its lectures to students during the day and Sadler’s Wells presenting theatre at night.

Essential requirements

  • Familiarity with the Arts and Cultural sector
  • Experience of administrative processes
  • Experience of working with Word, Excel, Outlook software programmes
  • Ability to pay meticulous attention to detail and maintain accuracy whilst handling a varied workload
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure Confidence in dealing with people from a variety of different backgrounds
  • Friendly and welcoming personality
  • Reliable and punctual Interest in the work of Sadler’s Wells and/or the performing arts

Desirable requirements

  • Knowledge and relevant experience of Arts Administration
  • An understanding of the needs of artists and artistic companies
  • Experience of working with people from a variety of different backgrounds

How to apply

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