Management Team

Applications have now closed for NSDF 19. 


The Management Team work wonders…it is a badge of honour to be part of the team, especially if you want to work as a producer, administrator or in events management in the future.

You will help produce the Festival. You will be empowered but mentored, you will have responsibility but be supported. You will participate in workshops and see shows, if your schedule allows. It will be a full-on learning experience like no other.


Everyone on the Management Team was amazing, so welcoming and lovely to work with – made what is already an incredible festival I would’ve had a good time at, into an excellent experience I will remember forever.

Management Team Member | NSDF Survey 2018


You might be part of the Workshops Team, the Front of House Team or Venues Team or be part of the team who create the evening events - the disco, quiz, cabaret and open mic. Or do all of the above!

No experience is necessary to apply. However, if you do have some experience, whether at your local theatre or at university or college, we will make sure you are challenged to do more, learn more and try something new.

You will be led by the core Management Team who support you throughout the week, led by Guest Director, James Phillips and Administrator Lizzie Melbourne.

If you are selected, the cost is £60 for the week - access all areas.

Thanks to an amazing donation by the Arts Patron’s Trust, we have been able to cut the ticket prices (down from £120 to £60) and are able to cover the cost of catering for the Management Team in 2019. This means that as a member of the Management Team you won't need to cover your own food costs, however, you will have to find and pay for your own accommodation (as everyone else at the festival has to).

We have a bursary scheme for anyone who thinks they might be eligible for a free ticket….again thanks to the Arts Patron’s Trust. 

Once you have been selected for the team after the 18th January 2019, you can apply for a bursary here or for more information please email [email protected] 

We are not intrusive. We would just ask you to fill out a simple form or provide us with a one page student finance statement. 

If you are a university student and receive maintenance loans and grants from Student Finance, please include a scanned/photographed copy of your student finance statement. This is a one-page statement that you would have received prior to beginning this academic year that details how much maintenance funding you are awarded. This will be kept strictly confidential and is to help us ensure that the bursaries are granted to those most in need.

If you are not a university student please just complete the Your Circumstances sections on the form - giving us a brief overview of your circumstances and why you need the Bursary.

NSDF encourages a diverse range of voices to apply and is a passionate believer in Equal Opportunities for all.


Well done everyone @nsdfest it’s been a wonderful life affirming experience 

Kerry Kyriacos Michael | Theatre Director and Festival Judge 2018 


If @nsdfest has taught me anything, it’s the value of a spectrum of opinions 

Isabelle Culkin | Festgoer 


You deliver a quite extraordinary, inspiring festival 

Ruari Cormack | SLX Business Development Manager | Technical Sponsor 



Management Team, 2017