If you would like to be considered for upcoming National Theatre of Scotland casting opportunities, please email your CV and headshot to our Casting Director: laura.donnelly@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Future opportunities

There will be a casting workshop on offer to professional Scotland based actors later in 2019. Date TBC.

Casting Policy


National Theatre of Scotland seeks to employ the very best available talent for every role. We have a responsibility to consider and cast where possible (and appropriate) native Scottish and Scottish based performers, and we are committed to the development of those individuals based in Scotland and beyond.


The National Theatre of Scotland believes in including artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures (on the basis of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and whether they are drama school trained or not) in all its work. Where we are casting for a role that is culturally specific, we are committed to casting a performer from that culture. However we consider artists from diverse backgrounds for every role, not just those written with specific personal characteristics in mind. We aim to ensure that in five years’ time, the number of performers with protected characteristics within our casts will have significantly increased. We cast without prejudice against the background/ path performers have followed into the industry. We operate an inclusive approach to the casting of all roles, and ensure that casting sessions take place at fully accessible venues.


The casting requirements of all productions are advertised on Spotlight. Breakdowns are sent to all UK agents and on occasion are distributed internationally. In the event that we are looking for more specialised or specific performers, breakdowns will be advertised on the Spotlight link board and other relevant channels including the casting page of the National Theatre of Scotland website.


The Casting Director holds regular general meetings, and in addition each year there will be at least one full day where new graduates and actors who haven’t previously met will be able to introduce themselves and show a sample of their work, if appropriate. If you wish to be considered for a general meeting, please either ask your agent to contact us, or email directly to casting@nationaltheatrescotland.com.


The Casting Director, sometimes accompanied by other National Theatre Scotland staff/ associates will hold two workshops a year at Rockvilla. These will be free of charge and actors whom we have not previously worked with/ do not have a relationship with, will be invited to apply for places which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. These will be designed to promote a positive and proactive approach towards a career in the performing arts. The content will introduce new skills and enhance and improve those already attained.


As a priority the Casting Director and National Theatre Scotland staff attends shows throughout Scotland, the rest of the UK, and internationally, where possible, in order to see and meet performers and have an in-depth, current working knowledge of the industry. This includes festivals, drama school/college showcases and productions.


The preferred method of contact is via email to casting@nationaltheatrescotland.com

When writing you should include your Spotlight link only if you are on Spotlight, and a headshot and CV under 1MB in size if not.





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