Open Door Project Manager Role



Open Door is an innovative new project focused on enabling talented young people who have limited resources and financial support to  successfully attain a place at one of Britain's top Drama schools. Supported by Arts Council England, Open Door is a response to the escalating problem of the lack of representation of people from working class backgrounds within the performing arts. We offer a viable and accessible route to career level training.

Through engagement with schools and local youth arts organisations Open Door will source and audition three-hundred young people from low income backgrounds applying for drama school intake 2018. Thirty successful applicants will receive 10 bespoke performance and audition technique workshops. Of those thirty, eight will receive further support, including one-to-one tutoring from industry professionals, bursary and funding advice and exemption from drama school audition fee.

Open Door already enjoys huge support from the industry, with theatres including The Royal Court, The Soho Theatre, The Pleasance Theatre and The Donmar pledging support and resources. Open Door Patrons include Emmy award winning Woody Harrelson, Game Of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke, and BAFTA nominated David Morrissey. Tutors include Nabokov Artistic Director Stef O’Driscol and This is England actor Rebecca Manley.

N.B. Please note this is an external role and not associated directly with Etch

Job Description

Role: Project Manager

Location: London

Dates: August 7th  2017  - June 8th 2018

Fee: £9.75 an hour (£78 per eight hour day) Successful candidate will be required to submit a monthly invoice to Open Door and to expect payment within one month of the invoice being submitted. This is a flexible role, predominantly working from home.  It is preferable the candidate is willing to split the hours over the week to suit both their own and Open Doors changing schedules.

The below schedule is based on eight hour days, however as previously stated these hours can be spread throughout each week inclusive of evenings and weekends.



August-2 days per a week

Sep-2 days per a week

Oct-2 days per a week (Final three weeks of October work to undertaken during weekend)

Nov-First week 2 days, thereafter one day a week

Dec-1 day per a week



Jan-1 day per a week

Feb-1 day per a week

March-First three weeks 2 days per a week, final week 1 day per week.

April-1 day per a week

May-1 day per a week

June-2 days per a week for first two weeks.

It is a requirement of his position that successful candidates are registered as self employed.


Duties include:

  • Coordination and scheduling of auditions, workshops and mentorship sessions.

  • Liaising with drama schools, theatres, Open Door participants, tutors and patrons efficiently.

  • Managing Open Door budget throughout project.

  • Working with Company Director to manage and deliver a targeted marketing campaign to access intended participants and to raise awareness of the project ongoing.

  • Scheduling meetings for the Open Door team.

  • Producing not for profit Open Door performance in March 2018 at The Pleasance Theatre Islington including inviting industry, scheduling rehearsals and liaising with venue.

  • Conducting continues evaluation of project including documenting participants progress and holding evaluation interviews with industry and participants.

  • Working with Company Director to respond to emails, manage social media presence and maintain the Open Door website.

  • Regular and prompt communication with participants, tutors and workshop leaders regarding any questions, concerns or complaints.

  • Working with Company Director to achieve a professional and smooth delivery of the project.

  • Working with Company Director to insure Open Door aims, ethos and are being adhered to at all times.

N.B. List of duties is not all-inclusive,further duties may be required to support the delivery of Open Door.


Necessary Experience, skills and Qualities -  


  • Experience in producing, project management or event management

  • Good organisational skills

  • Fantastic interpersonal skills both written and verbal

  • An interest in and understanding of the performing arts

  • Experience managing budgets

  • A belief and genuine interest in the Open Door aims and ethos

  • An ability to manage your time effectively, work well under pressure and work independently



  • Experience working within the performing arts

  • Experience working with young people ( 18-25 specifically)


Who is involved

  • Company Director and Open Door Tutor: David Mumeni (United Agents represented actor, writer and NYT associate)
  • Associate Project Manager:  Ruth Milne (Etch Theatre Company Co-Artistic Director and Actor/Groupworker at Geese Theatre Company)

Confirmed Open Door Tutors:

  • Stef O’Driscol  (Artistic Director of Nabokov and Former Associate Dir. The Lyric Hammersmith & Paines Plough)

  • Anne Tyson (Acting teacher at RADA & Drama Centre (former head of acting))

  • Rebecca Manley  (Actor/Writer and former Head of Education at Clean Break)

  • Juliet Knight ( RCSSD lecturer and regular Clean Break and Generation Arts tutor)

  • Gbolahan Obisesan (Associate director of the of the Young Vic Theatre and director of Olivia nominated Cuttin it )

  • Hadley Fraser ( West end Les Misérables actor and musician)

Confirmed Open Door Patrons:

  • Woody Harrelson (Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning actor)

  • Emilia Clarke  (Two-time Emmy nominated actor)

  • Amanda Redman  (MBE & two-time BAFTA nominated actor)

  • David Morrissey (Two-time BAFTA nominated actor)

  • Nadira Seecoomar (Casting Director credits include: About A Boy, The  Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat, Peep Show)|

Confirmed institutions pledging support and resources include:

  • The Royal Court

  • The Donmar Warehouse

  • The Lyric Hammersmith

  • The Pleasance Theatre


  • RADA


  • Drama Centre London

  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama


  • Soho Theatre

  • Nabokov Theatre Company

To Apply please email a CV and cover letter to before July 31st 12pm.