International Women's Day 2018 @NTW / Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Merched 2018 @NTW

As it’s International Women’s Day, the womenfolk here at National Theatre Wales are pledging a day of their time to offer free advice and mentoring to help others in the arts sector.

So, if you’re a woman who’d like a day of mentoring from one of our staff, read through the opportunities listed below, have a think about who you might like to mentor you and email us at

We don’t need an essay from you, just a few lines about why this opportunity would be beneficial is ideal. Due to limited resources we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will get an opportunity, but we will get back to everyone.

Please email us with your request by close of play on Friday 16 March. Following this, mentoring sessions/meetings will be arranged to suit both parties.

Kully Thiarai - Artistic Director

If learning how to direct is your passion, or if you would simply like to speak to the woman at the heart of all things NTW - this is your chance. You can spend the day with Kully at an R&D, a rehearsal, or simply meet for a chat.

Malu Ansaldo - Executive Producer (Maternity Cover)

Ever wanted to take a show on tour nationally or internationally? Having worked all over the world on international collaborations and large scale touring productions, Malu has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer.

Jenny McCarthy - Finance Coordinator

Jenny is one of NTW’s longest-serving members of staff, and juggles several responsibilities in the Finance department, including payments, payroll and budget management. She has years of experience in arts finance management. Budgeting is a terrifying prospect for many in the arts sector. Let Jenny guide you through some of her top tips, from managing per diems to petty cash, and take the sting out of one of the most important aspects of arts management.

Claire Turner  - Assistant Producer
Having worked at multiple arts organisations and festivals in the UK, Claire would be the ideal candidate to talk to if you’re in the process of starting out as a producer, and can help with top tips on how to produce work for different types of organisations.

Mawgaine Tarrant-Cornish - Executive Assistant  

If you need advice in casting or auditioning techniques, or want to know about best practices in the industry Mawgaine is the woman to talk to, having been closely involved in casting a many NTW productions.

Michelle Carwardine-Palmer - Managing Director

From business planning or modelling, funding applications, policy setting, executive administration or career coaching, Michelle is a wealth of knowledge, and as well as sound advice, you’re always guaranteed a slice of cake and a coffee...what could be better?!

Alex Roberts - Donor Management & Events Officer

Ever had to write an application to a trust or foundation? Or needed advice on fundraising in the arts? Then you need to talk to Alex who has worked at key Welsh institutions including The National Museum of Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and of course, here at National Theatre Wales.

Sarah Cole - Company Director, SC Productions & Associate Producer, NHS70

Keen to work on large scale, site-specific theatre or outdoor events? Sarah is the woman to talk to having managed multiple large scale events across the UK and beyond, including City of The Unexpected here in Cardiff. If you have ever wanted to create and run an outdoor event, Sarah will be more than willing to advise.

Katie Sewell - Administrative Projects Coordinator

Katie has recently joined National Theatre Wales from The Old Vic in London. Having worked in development, theatre management and marketing, Katie can offer all types of advise, but specifically, if you are applying for a first or early stage role in theatre, Katie would be the one to talk too.

Naomi Chiffi - TEAM Coordinator

Creating theatre work in the community? Or working with young people outside mainstream education? Naomi has worked across Wales as a teacher and as part of National Theatre Wales’ TEAM, so has much to offer if you are working on an outreach project.

Catrin Rogers - Press & PR Manager 

An NTW original Catrin has been here from the start of National Theatre Wales, and has therefore built up a long list of contacts and knowledge of the Press and PR sector, so if you need a hand with copywriting, running a press call, or creating a Press release, Catrin is the wealth of all knowledge, and is also a First language Welsh speaker.

Fiona Curtis - Production Coordinator

Fiona can tell you about production processes and planning - from putting the right team together, licensing and PRS applications, to finding a venue or site to make your work on. She has a background in Stage and Production Management so has a broad experience in the industry; the day-today and the big-picture thinking.

Rhiannon White - TEAM Panel + Artistic Director Commonwealth Theatre

Ever wanted to see community theatre in action? Rhiannon is the one to ask, she can help with mentoring/coaching and you can spend the day working with Commonwealth theatre helping with workshops or rehearsals.

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