Current opportunities

Square Peg Scripts Director

We’re looking for a neurodivergent director to be part of Square Peg Scripts, our current playwriting programme.

About the project

Square Peg Scripts is an exciting new playwriting opportunity for neurodivergent writers. Since November 2018, six participants have attended playwriting workshops and each begun developing a short play with mentoring by established playwrights. Extracts of the scripts in development will be performed as rehearsed readings in a showcase at Autism Arts Festival on 27 April 2019.

One of the primary aims of the project is to enable neurodivergent artists to represent their own voices with a view to increasing neurodiversity in theatre, and so it’s important that the showcase is neurodivergent-led.

About the role

We’re looking for a director who identifies as neurodivergent to work with our writers to direct the rehearsed readings. We will be casting four neurodivergent performers and the director will take an active role in this, attending a performers' audition day in London in April (date TBC). This will be followed by a rehearsal day on 26 April (also in London), and the rehearsed readings at Autism Arts Festival at the University of Kent, Canterbury on 27 April. The director will be supported by Mainspring Arts staff throughout.

Our ideal candidate will have previous experience of directing theatre, but we're also keen to hear from those who'd like to take their first steps into directing - more important are a passion for theatre and a desire to increase neurodiversity in the arts.

We can offer a freelance fee of £400, plus travel expenses to and from Canterbury on the performance day.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and short covering email or video clip explaining why you're interested in the role to by 24 February 2019.

If you have any questions, would like this information in a different format or would like to discuss access requirements, please email

Mainspring Arts is eager to receive applications from people from BAME backgrounds and people who identify as disabled.

Applicants are encouraged to complete an Equal Opportunities form, which can be downloaded here. Please email your completed form to the address above along with your application.