Emerging Producer (Internship)


Working with both the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the National Theatre of Parramatta, the Emerging Producer internship is an exciting opportunity for an early-career producer to develop skills and expertise in all areas of producing.

Working with both the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the National Theatre of Parramatta, the Emerging Producer internship is an exciting opportunity for an early-career producer to develop skills and expertise in all areas of producing. The intern will be mentored by experienced staff and gain hands on training in both companies for intensive project-based periods over 18 months.


Led by its charismatic Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti AO, the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) is Australia’s most dynamic performing arts organisation. Renowned world-wide for its inspired and courageous programming and unrivalled performances, the ACO collaborates with an extraordinary range of artists including the world’s leading soloists, contemporary musicians, cinematographers, writers, and visual artists.

The ACO is based at its award-winning new purpose-built home on Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. The venue includes a 275-seat performance space, rehearsal rooms, media suite and event space – an exciting new home for performance, presentation, community engagement and collaborative opportunities.


Operating from the geographic heart of Sydney, National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) is the creating, commissioning, producing, touring and capacity building arm of Riverside Theatres. Known for producing bold, popular, contemporary works that draw their inspiration from the rich diversity of the region and beyond, NTofP is the leading professional theatre company in Western Sydney with works produced having been presented nationally and internationally. A vibrant creative community and audience engagement underpins the program.


The Emerging Producer will have the opportunity to work on multi-artform productions and projects at the ACO and the NTofP, developing knowledge of theatre, music, theatre for children, and community engagement. The role will gain on-the-job skills and experience in all aspects of producing from conception of ideas, to planning and scheduling, contracting, budgeting, production coordination, touring logistics, and post-project evaluation. The intern will be involved in hands-on project delivery and will build positive relationships with artists, creatives, venues, suppliers, project partners, producers, stakeholders, and audiences. They will also have the chance to travel with touring productions to regional and interstate venues.

The Emerging Producer internship will include informal and formal training, including office and administration training courses, and the opportunity to build networks and sector knowledge through attendance at performing arts markets, industry events, and creative developments


Essential Skills & Experience

• Competent administration and organisational skills, including the ability to work to deadlines and show high attention to detail

• Excellent time management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities in a busy work environment

• A positive, problem-solving approach to tasks, and demonstrated ability to remain calm under pressure

• Highly competent written and spoken communication skills, including the ability to maintain effective interpersonal and professional relationships at work

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), with basic spreadsheet skills

• Knowledge of Australian performing arts and theatre industries

Advantageous Qualifications & Experience

• A qualification in Music, Theatre, Arts or Project Management

• At least one year’s experience in theatre or music production in either a professional or volunteer capacity

• Performing arts touring experience

• Musical literacy


• A passion for working with a dynamic performing arts organisation in the area of music, theatre, children & families, and community engagement

• A kind, collaborative, team player who does not compromise on personal responsibility

• Enthusiasm, initiative, self-motivation and self-discipline


This position is a full-time, fixed-term (18 month) position, employed by the ACO but working across both the ACO and the National Theatre of Parramatta.

Work locations will be ACO’s office at Pier 2/3 in Sydney, and the NToP office in Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

Working hours for this position may be irregular due the nature of the role with some evening and weekend work required. Some out-of-town and interstate travel may be required.


We are committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, mature age workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people.


Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. To apply, please download the position description from our website and forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience and your interest in the internship to [email protected].

Download the position description here.

Applications close: Friday 21 June, 12pm

Interviews: Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 June

Internship start date: Monday 1 July

If you have any queries about the internship or its requirements, please contact Tara Smith, ACO Director of Learning & Engagement at [email protected]

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a supportive and barrier-free workplace. If you require any adjustments before or during the selection process, please email Head of Human Resources at [email protected].

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