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The National Melbourne comprises Australia’s longest-established drama school, a preeminent ballet school and a 783-seat proscenium theatre, housed in an historic beaux art building originally constructed in 1921 as a 3000-seat cinema. 

The National is the continuing legacy of Australian performing arts pioneer Gertrude Johnson who established The National Theatre Movement in 1935 to ensure training and performance opportunities for young artists in Australia.

Located in Melbourne’s Bayside city of St. Kilda, The National Melbourne is home to the 783-seat National Theatre est 1974, The National Ballet School est. 1939 (formerly The National Theatre Ballet School) and The National Drama School est 1936 (formerly The National Theatre Drama School).

As a Not-for-Profit organisation we strive to support communities through the arts by providing an accessible venue and a centre for training emerging artists for generations to come.

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The National Theatre, Ballet School and Drama School are fuelled by a small team of passionate arts administrators, technical and production staff. We pride ourselves on creating a positive and collegiate work environment that encourages the pursuit of individual excellence within a collaborative and cohesive team dynamic. If you share our passion for developing young artists, presenting incredible theatre shows and making significant contributions to Melbourne’s vibrant arts community, then The National Theatre may well be just the right place for you to work.


The National Theatre is currently seeking applications from qualified and experienced individuals for the full time role of Technical Manager. 

To apply for this position please read the Position Description and submit a CV and cover letter responding to the selection criteria. Email applications to ceo@nationaltheatre.org.au with subject heading Technical Manager Application.