Work
With Us

Work with one of Australia’s largest and most respected school theatre companies. A unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of students while being paid to do what you love!

Why audition
for Brainstorm?

We have over 35 years experience in the industry, performing live theatre to over 360,000 primary and high school students each year. Our shows help schools create safer and more positive environments for their students, addressing issues such as bullying, inclusion, cyber safety, resilience, mental health and relationships. Each show is developed by our passionate team of creatives, teachers and psychologists, and scripts are constantly updated to ensure content is relevant and challenging for our audiences.

We are dedicated to nurturing a positive environment where actors feel valued and supported in all aspects of their work. Our actors have the opportunity to contribute to the lives of children and young people in a meaningful way, while developing their technical, creative and professional skills. Learn more about what we do and check out our current shows for primary schools and high schools.

Rate of pay: Brainstorm offers full-time employment for actors. Weekly wages are paid at Grade 1 Equity rates, plus Living Away from Home Allowance when tour is away from the actor’s base city.  Also included is Holiday Pay, Sick Pay, employer’s contribution to Superannuation, and Workers Compensation Cover. When actors are away for rehearsals and the South Australian tour, accommodation is provided by Brainstorm Productions and actors receive a Meals and Incidentals Allowance instead of the Living Away from Home Allowance. Company cars are provided.

Read on for more information about the audition process, the roles being cast, an overview of each contract, and other frequently asked questions. 

Applications for our 2022 Season will open on 1st October 2021.

Essential criteria for actors

19+

Must be at least
19 years old

16 - 24

Playing range
of 16-24

Current drivers licence and good driving record

(Learners licence not sufficient)

Fit, healthy and able to
travel away from home

(most of tour will be in your base city, with some weeks away from home)

Energetic and
responsible

Some singing, physical
theatre and dance experience
an advantage.

(Juggling & basic acro an advantage for 2 of the Sydney based male roles)

Brainstorm Productions is a
Child Safe Organisation 

The safety and wellbeing of children and young people is central to all recruitment decisions. It is an offence under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 for a person convicted of a serious sex offence or child related personal violence to apply for these positions. 

Before an offer of employment is made, we will require your permission to conduct a mandatory criminal record check for any history of violence or sexual based offences to provide you with a Working With Children Check number.

COVID-19 VACCINATION 

All actors will need to have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the start of their rehearsal period, and be able to provide evidence of vaccination status, in order to enter schools in 2022.

How to apply

Applications for our 2022 Season will open on 1st October 2021. You will be required to submit the following:

  • A completed online application form;
  • A video of your initial audition;
  • Current CV;
  • Current headshot.

For your audition video, you will be required to perform the monologue provided, sing happy birthday unaccompanied and tell us briefly why you want to work for Brainstorm Productions. 

The application form, monologue and instructions for how to prepare and submit your audition video will be available here from 1st October

If you are represented by an agent, please discuss the position with them before applying and list their details on your application form. We will contact your agent regarding callbacks and contracts, if applicable, or if we require any further information.

Applications close on the following dates:

  • Melbourne based actors: Friday 5th November 2021
  • Sydney based actors: Monday 8th November 2021
  • Brisbane based actors: Thursday 11th November 2021

If you have any further questions about auditions you can contact us at:

About the callbacks

Once you have submitted your initial application and audition video, you may be required to attend an in-person callback. If you are required for a callback you will be contacted via email, either directly or through your agent if you are represented. 

At the callback actors will asked to do some improvisations. They will be asked for some information about their medical history and the details of two referees. They will also be asked to bring a copy of their driving record from Service NSW, QLD Roads or VIC Roads. Callbacks will be conducted in a COVID safe environment.

We intend to hold callbacks on the following dates:

  • Melbourne: Friday 12th November 2021
  • Sydney: Monday 15th November 2021
  • Brisbane: Thursday 18th November 2021

If callbacks are affected by COVID-19 restrictions we will update the information on this page.

Roles for 2022

Below is a list of available roles for 2022, with an overview of each contract.

  • ‘Brisbane’ refers to Brisbane & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Toowoomba, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast)
  • ‘Melbourne’ refers to Melbourne & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Geelong or Mornington Peninsula)
  • ‘Sydney’ refers to Sydney & surrounds (i.e. occasional nights/short periods away in Newcastle, Central Coast, Blue Mountains or Wollongong)
  • ‘North Coast NSW’ refers to the Far North Coast, from Grafton to Tweed Heads.
  • All holidays are in the actor’s base city.

1 male actor & 1 female actor required

Shows: ‘Verbal Combat’ & ‘The H Team’

Dates: 3 January to 2 September 2022 (with possible extension to tour based on demand) plus 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Overview:
• 3 weeks rehearsal on Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)
• Term 1: 10 weeks in Brisbane and 1 week on Far North Coast NSW
• 1 week holiday in Brisbane
• Term 2: 10 weeks in Brisbane
• 2 weeks holiday in Brisbane
• Term 3: 7 weeks in Brisbane and 1 week on Far North Coast NSW plus possible extension of the tour in Brisbane based on demand

1 male actor & 1 female actor required

Shows: ‘The Hurting Game’ & ‘Saving Lil & Archie’

Dates: 3 January to 5 August 2022 (with possible extension to tour based on demand) plus 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.
Overview:
• 3 weeks rehearsal on Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)
• Term 1: 10 weeks in Melbourne
• 2 weeks holiday in Melbourne
• Term 2: 10 weeks in Melbourne
• 2 weeks holiday in Melbourne
• Term 3: 2 weeks in Melbourne and 2 weeks in regional Victoria plus possible extension of the tour in Melbourne based on demand

1 male actor & 1 female actor required

Shows: ‘The Hurting Game’ & ‘Saving Lil & Archie’

Dates: 11 April to 25 November 2022 (with possible extension to tour into December based on demand) plus 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Overview:
• 3 weeks rehearsal on Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)
• Term 2: 10 weeks in Adelaide (accommodation provided)
• 2 weeks holiday in Melbourne
• Term 3: 10 weeks in Melbourne
• 2 weeks holiday in Melbourne
• Term 4: 4 weeks in Melbourne and 4 weeks in Sydney plus possible extension of the tour in Sydney based on demand

2 male actors required

Shows: ‘Sticks & Stones K-6′ & ‘Sticks & Stones 7-11’

Dates: 24 January to 2 September 2022 (with possible extension to tour based on demand) plus 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Overview:
• 3 weeks rehearsal on Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)
• Term 1: 1 week in Brisbane and 7 weeks in Sydney 
• 2 weeks holiday in Sydney
• Term 2: 10 weeks in Sydney
• 2 weeks holiday in Sydney
• Term 3: 7 weeks in Sydney plus possible extension of the tour in Sydney based on demand.

Note: Experience with juggling, basic acrobatics and/or unicycle an advantage for these roles, but not essential.

1 male actor & 1 female actor required

Shows: ‘The Hurting Game’ & ‘The H Team’

Dates: 24 January to 2 September 2022 (with possible extension of the tour based on demand) plus 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to the contract start date.

Overview:
• 3 weeks rehearsal on Far North Coast NSW (near Byron Bay)
• Term 1: 1-2 weeks in Brisbane and 6-7 weeks in Sydney 
• 2 weeks holiday in Sydney
• Term 2: 10 weeks in Sydney
• 2 weeks holiday in Sydney
• Term 3: 7 weeks in Sydney plus possible extension of the tour in Sydney based on demand.

Brainstorm Productions is Committed to Equal Employment Opportunities

We are committed to ensuring that all employees enjoy equal employment opportunity.  This means that employees are treated fairly and equally when employment decisions are made and that unlawful discrimination does not take place.  We aim to recruit a diverse range of people with a variety of talents and actors from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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FAQ

Yes, it is a full time job, Monday to Friday, for the length of your contract (excluding holidays).

Please see the list of roles above for the dates and length of each contract.

Most contracts start in early or late January but some do start later in the year (see list of roles for specific start dates).

Rehearsals are 3 weeks, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm on the Far North Coast of NSW (near Byron Bay). Rehearsals are paid at award rates, and meal allowance and accommodation is provided. Most contracts also require you to do 2-5 days of pre-rehearsal work prior to these 3 weeks (e.g. a few days of training and choreography in your base city a few weeks prior to the rehearsals on the NSW Far North Coast). The pre-rehearsal dates will be arranged once the roles have been cast.

All shows are two-handers.

The sets are very minimal and fit in the back of a Toyota Rav 4. There are no ‘tour managers’ – actors are required to set up themselves at each school.

You do 1, 2 or 3 shows per day Monday to Friday in schools (maximum 15 shows per week but average about 12).

Weekly wages are paid at Grade 1 Equity rates, plus Living Away from Home Allowance when tour is away from the actor’s base city.  Also included is Holiday Pay, Sick Pay, employer’s contribution to Superannuation, and Workers Compensation Cover. When actors are away for rehearsals and the South Australian tour, accommodation is provided by Brainstorm Productions and actors receive a Meals and Incidentals Allowance instead of the Living Away from Home Allowance.

We will consider you for all roles based in the city you reside in (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane), unless you ask to be considered in more than one location. If you wish to be considered for a role in another city, please specify on your application form (e.g. if you are currently residing in Brisbane, but wish to be considered for a job in Sydney and/or Melbourne).

No, an automatic, air-conditioned company vehicle is provided for each team, including fuel and running costs.

You MUST have a current drivers licence and a good driving record (L-Plates are not acceptable). Before you are offered employment with Brainstorm Productions you will be asked to provide a copy of your driving record from Service NSW, VIC Roads or QLD Roads  (depending on which state/s you have held a drivers licence in).

You must be fit, healthy and prepared to be away from home for short periods of time. However, some tours require more time away from home than others – please see the list of roles for an overview of each contract.

No, our tours are mostly based within the actors’ home cities and surrounds, with only short periods away from home (e.g. a few in regional areas). One of the Melbourne based contracts has 10 weeks in Adelaide. Please see the list of roles for more information about each contract.

You will be notified by phone or email if you have been cast or if you are unsuccessful. If you are represented by an agent, we will notify you through them.