Work Experience and Volunteering

Creative Career Pathway

Curve has a longstanding commitment to making theatre, and the work around it, accessible to all. We currently offer a variety of opportunities for people from all backgrounds to engage with and participate in the arts and believe that access to the arts should not be dependent on personal, social, educational or financial circumstances.

We believe that people from all backgrounds can achieve extraordinary things, and the Creative Career Pathways is a programme specifically designed by Curve to offer a variety of practical experience opportunities for people of all ages who are interested in the arts. From week long work experience placements to one to two-year apprenticeships – there really is something to offer for everyone and the experience gained can be used to compliment educational studies or advance professional development.

For more information about the programmes we currently offer and how to apply please read the sections below.

Year 10 work Experiences

This is a taster week for those students who may be considering a future career in theatre.  They are planned around the Curve programme and the school timetable.  An example of one of our taster weeks could be:

Monday – Business Development and Communications Departments

Tuesday – Artistic Department and Curve Young Company

Wednesday – Ticket Office and Ushering a show

Thursday – Café and Technical Rehearsal for a show

Friday – A workshop or Events Department

All work experience placements are advertised in Late Summer for placements the following year. Students are invited to submit applications via the Curve website. Shortlisted students are invited to come in for an interview and discuss placement schedules throughout the year. HR will then contact the student in order to complete all the paperwork required and confirm placement dates.

Please note, all applicants will apply using the placement application process. Closing dates will be advertised on the website and a link to the application (applications after this date will not be considered and a maximum of two students will be taken on per placement.

Work Placements and Experiences

Applicants can contact the relevant departments individually through the “contact us” or careers email address.

The Artistic departments have a strong relationship with DeMontfort University and have a variety of students throughout the year. The Artistic and Events departments have a student each from Cultural Events Management MSc course undertaking a work-based project completing at least 400 hours working on the development, promotion and delivery of a festival or event.  The working hours and days are agreed between the department and the student and the student will then produce a report at the end of the placement.

The Artistic department can also have 1 or 2 students from the DMU Drama studies BA (Hons) course from March to October every year for 1 day a week. As part of their course students must undertake a placement in industry for 21 days.

All placement requests are to come through HR – If you would like to be considered for a placement, please email [email protected]

Trainee Producer with Stage One

This is a one-year funded post which exposes the Trainee to high quality, potentially commercial work and allow them to develop the commercial aspirations of the organisation through co-productions, touring and/or transfers.

The placement will develop the trainee producer’s knowledge through hands-on experience and increase their commercial contacts within the industry.

Technical Placements

All placements must go through HR, this is especially prominent for placements and work experiences within Technical.

All technical placements are only available for individuals aged 18 and over. This is due to Health and Safety reasons and Safeguarding purposes.

Any requests for under 18’s must be decided through both the HR and Technical department on a case by case basis. Where possible the student may be offered a day observing a technical rehearsal.

Wardrobe placements in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University

Our Head of wardrobe works in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University to offer work placements for their students. These placements usually take place during our Community show however may take place at various points of the year.

 Wardrobe placements

All wardrobe placements must go through HR.

All technical placements are only available for individuals aged 18 and over. This is due to Health and Safety reasons and Safeguarding purposes.

Any requests for under 18’s must be decided through both the HR and Wardrobe department on a case by case basis.

Volunteering at Curve

Visitor Experience Volunteers

A Volunteer Customer Host will cover a range of duties, from checking tickets and helping people to their seats, to a light clean up after the performance and issuing marketing materials for future events. Volunteers are vital members of the Curve team who share a love of theatre and give freely of their time to contribute in many ways.


Our next drop in session will be on Sat 1 Feb 2020 between 10.30am and 12.30pm. This is an opportunity to find out more information from our staff and to log your interest with us. The next session after that will be in July.

We look for people with a love of theatre, willingness to get stuck in, and a friendly smile. Please note that you must be aged 16 or older to apply

Find out more and get involved at our upcoming Volunteer Customer Hosts drop-in session.

If you have any questions in relation to our volunteering, please email [email protected]


This scheme is run by DMU for current students to develop and gain a whole host of transferable skills.

The length of the internship depends on the role and duties so will be either 3 or 6 months long. DMU stipulate that the hours of work are limited to a maximum 10 per week during term time and 16 hours per week during holiday periods. Each student is paid a living wage for the internship by DMU.

Applications are invited at various points of the year. These will be advertised via DMU for their graduates. Once applications have been made DMU then shortlist the candidates and send the details to employers to interview. Start dates can vary dependant on the needs of the organisation.

Positions within the Communications Team

Graphic Design Apprenticeship

We currently offer a 2-year Graphic Design Apprenticeship. This is advertised via our website and all applicants must apply through the same application process.

The successful applicant will Support the work of Curve by assisting in the production of on brand creative designs and artwork for productions, visiting and community shows and all other events and services. Under the management of both with Curve’s Graphic Designer and Head of Communications, learn and develop new and existing skills that deliver exceptional creative work which promotes both Curve’s business and charitable messages.

As part of the apprenticeship the successful candidate is required to attend external training through one of the local education providers.

Communications Trainee

This is a paid 1-year post for somebody of graduate level, who is looking for an opportunity to get their foot on the first rung of the ladder of their Arts Marketing career.  This post is advertised like a normal vacancy and follows the recruitment process to identify the best candidate for the role.

Questions or Queries

If you have any questions in relation to any of the above placements, experiences or volunteering, please email [email protected]