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!
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.
Brainstorm offers full-time employment for actors (7-9 month contracts), plus holiday pay, super and tax free living away from home allowance when away from your base city. 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.
Please note: We will not be auditioning any new actors for our 2021 season.
We will be touring in NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD and SA in 2021, however all roles for 2021 have now been cast. Due to the unusual events of 2020, we were able to cast all roles for 2021 with actors who are currently working for us, or have worked for us in the recent past. Therefore we will not be holding auditions this year. We understand this may be disappointing for actors who were hoping to apply and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The arts industry has had a tough year. In spite of this we have still managed to perform to over 180,000 students in NSW, ACT, QLD and VIC. With the help of the Federal Government’s Job Keeper scheme, we have been able to keep our actors employed even when they were unable to perform in schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including those based in Melbourne. All our actors have shown incredible resilience and flexibility throughout this difficult period.
We wish you all a bright and prosperous 2021 and look forward to receiving your applications for our 2022 Season.
Applications for our 2022 Season will open on 1st October 2021.
Essential criteria for actors
Must be at least
19 years old
Current drivers licence and good driving record
(Learners licence not sufficient)
Fit, healthy and able to
travel away from home
Some singing, physical
theatre and dance experience
Brainstorm Productions complies
with the National Principles for
Child Safe Organisations.
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.
How to apply
Applications for our 2022 Season will open on 1st October 2021. To apply, please send your CV and a recent headshot to
Please ensure your application lists your full name, Date of Birth and the city you are auditioning in. Freelance actors please also supply your mobile number and email address.
If you are represented by an agent you MUST make your submission through them, or at least let them know that you are sending an application directly to us and list them on your application.
About the auditions
Auditions are held in November/December each year in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney (with the exception of 2020).
Initial auditions will be held one at a time – you will need to perform a short monologue provided in advance by Brainstorm and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ unaccompanied. These auditions will be filmed for later reference.
You will be asked for information about your driving record, your availability for the coming season, some medical history and your employment history, experience and training.
You or your agent will be advised that day if you are required for callback and to make a time.
Callbacks are in groups of 4-5. You will be asked to demonstrate ability to move/dance etc depending on the role(s) we are considering you for. You will also be asked to improvise a variety of scenarios including some school-based situations. No accompaniment for singing and dancing please.
If you are shortlisted
- Before an offer of employment is made you will be asked to provide a Service NSW, QLD Roads or VIC Roads print out of your driving record.
- 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.
- Some individual schools may require us to supply them with your full name, date of birth and Working With Children Check number – this is a requirement of your ongoing employment with Brainstorm Productions.
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Yes, it is a full time job, Monday to Friday, for the length of your contract.
Contracts vary from 2 to 3 school terms, i.e. approximately 24 to 35 weeks including holidays and rehearsals. We provide a list of roles on our website each year – please check the website closer to the application period for specific dates.
Most contracts start in early or late January but some do start later in the year (see list of roles for specific 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 except for Cheap Thrills, which is a one-man show.
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).
Current award rates plus tax free living away from home allowance (LAHA) when away from your base city. If accommodation is provided by Brainstorm Productions (e.g. during rehearsals) a tax free meals and incidentals allowance is paid instead of the LAHA. Actors also receive holiday pay and employer superannuation. contributions.
We will consider you for all roles based in the city you reside in (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane), unless you specifically ask us not to. If you wish to be considered for a role in another city, please include this in your application (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 an RTA, VIC Roads or QLD Roads print-out of your driving record (depending on which state/s you have held a drivers licence in).
You must be physically fit and prepared to be away from home for at least part of the tour, for periods of 2-8 weeks at a time. However, some contracts require more time away from home than others – please see the list of roles for an overview of each contract.
Brainstorm Productions tours across NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and SA. However, the coverage is divided up so one team is not expected to cover all states – most teams will visit 2 to 3 different states over the course of their contract.
You will be notified by phone or email by the 18th December if you have been cast or if you are unsuccessful. If you are represented by an agent, we will notify you through them.