Assistant Designers


British Youth Opera is the UK's foremost training opera company, and the only one of its kind offering such opportunities to emerging designers.

BYO’s summer season productions offer four positions for Assistant Designers. Applicants should be at the start of their careers, have an interest in both costume and set design and some practical theatre experience.

The Assistant Designer will work with a professional Designer throughout the design process of our Summer Season. For details of some of the professionals who have worked with our trainees in the past, see The Professionals*.

The Assistant Designer’s responsibilities include:

  • assisting the Designer with research
  • assisting with making the set model
  • attending model showings, production meetings, costume fittings and other meetings as required
  • assisting stage management with selection of props
  • attending some production rehearsals and all stage rehearsals.


For Summer Season 2019:

Pre-production work is already underway, and commitment can be flexible.

Rehearsals commence in London on Monday 22 July 2019. Assistant Designers are required until the opening of the season on 3 September 2019.


Application Process:

To apply please complete the application form and return it with a CV and covering letter to by 12:00 on Friday 8 March 2019.

Interviews will be held in London in March/April 2019. Applicants should bring their portfolio to interview.


Financial matters:

BYO charges no fees. Every participant who gains a place on a summer season production benefits from a fully-funded placement, and is paid a small subsistence.

Accommodation in London can be provided for a limited number of successful applicants who do not have a London base and would otherwise be unable to participate.