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 performers and performers based in Scotland, supporting Equity’s #CastItHere campaign, 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 in all its work. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality, and national origin), disability, sexual orientation, religion and or belief or age. No actors will be excluded on the basis of their class or whether they are drama school trained or not.

Where we are casting for a role that is culturally specific, we are committed to first 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 by the end of 2025, 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.

We are committed to offering two roles a year in our productions to new graduates as part of National Theatre of Scotland’s commitment to supporting the next generation of performers.

We are committed in artistic dev to ensuring that where we have a cast of more than three, in any new project in development, that at least one opportunity will be given to a performer we have never worked with before, including giving work to 3 new graduates (from different colleges) across our development work each year.

We will also ensure that for rehearsals of works in development/rehearsed readings, with a cast of more than 3, that at least one opportunity will be given to a performer with whom we have never worked before. We will ensure that 3 new graduates, from different colleges, will be cast in roles, in projects in development.

National Theatre of Scotland is currently working to become an anti-racist organisation. More information can be found here.. This policy will be updated as work progresses.  

All performers who are offered paid work at the Company are asked to complete an anonymous diversity monitoring form to help us monitor our progress.


We have moved towards a new casting model at the National Theatre of Scotland with freelance Casting Directors being brought on board for each production, allowing us to work with a wider range of people, perspectives and networks depending on the needs of the individual show.  Casting Directors will work with the lead director on shows and our Artistic Director with input from the wider artistic team at National Theatre of Scotland. 

In-house casting will continue for National Theatre of Scotland projects in development. In some cases casting in a development may progress to casting for the same role in a main production.

The casting requirements of available roles on 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.

We guarantee that every actor who auditions for a role with the National Theatre of Scotland will receive a response from the Company.

Introductory Meetings and Workshops

National Theatre of Scotland is committed to holding introductory meetings for graduates and actors whom we have not previously worked with. These will take place twice a year in Spring and Autumn and details will be advertised on our website, through social media and agents.

We will ensure that we do at least one open callout a year for graduates and actors whom we have not previously worked with. These could be in person or via submission of self-tapes and we commit to providing feedback to everyone that we see through this process. These workshops will also be advertised on our website, through social media and agents.

We will hold at least one skills workshops a year at Rockvilla for performers based in Scotland. 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. Workshops will also be advertised on our website, through social media and agents.

Attendance at Shows

The Artistic Director, Associate Directors and other key National Theatre Scotland staff regularly attend 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. They are happy to try to attend festivals, drama school/college showcases as well as productions. To let us know about a show you will be performing in, please use the contact details below.


The preferred method of contact is via email to

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

Last edited September 2022