Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre

Careers at Bush Theatre

The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally-renowned champion of playwrights.


About us

Our Mission 
The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of 
playwrights. We discover, nurture and produce the best new artists from the widest range of 
backgrounds from our home in a distinctive corner of west London. We look for exciting new 
voices that tell bold contemporary stories from varied cultural vantage points and we champion 
work that is both provocative and entertaining. 
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Madani Younis, the Bush Theatre is committed to 
presenting a new writing programme which speaks to and reflects our diverse contemporary 
The Bush is a key organisation for talent development within the industry; we're a platform for 
the training and professional development of a range of artists and theatre professionals. We 
continually seek opportunities that challenge and grow our small staff team and large 
constituency of artists. 
Having moved from a room above a pub to the old library, we are a local theatre with an 
international reputation. We have won over 100 awards, and developed an enviable reputation for 
touring our acclaimed productions nationally and internationally. 

Our work with playwrights 

‚Äö√Ñ√∫The Bush reeks of fertility -- its commitment to new work, its new play know-how, its engaged 
and vibrant audience -- all of these make it one of the most exciting places I've been in my 
creative life. There is no other way to put it: I adore the Bush.‚Äî√∫ 
Ayad Akhtar 
The Bush Theatre opens two submission windows a year for unsolicited scripts and reads around 1500 
plays annually. Throughout the year we also read scripts submitted by agents. This is one small part 
of a comprehensive programme which nurtures the relationship between writer and director, as 
well as playwright residencies and commissions. Everything that we do to develop playwrights 
focuses them towards a production on our stage or beyond. 

Bush Green

Since 2009 we have been developing BushGreen, a digital platform at which our work in the 
building meets the outside world. It's a meeting point for writers, artists and audiences. This is a 
continuing digital project which started life as a website in its own right and now forms part 
of the brief of our new website, to be launched later this year. 
We are proposing to grow the BushGreen online offer to prioritise varied and vibrant content that 
contextualises the writing process for both playwrights and an interested online audience. This 
new venture is about celebrating the numerous ways that stories are told and to support and 
structure through tutorials, editorial and multimedia content an offer online that is unique, 
contemporary and which thrives. 

Community Engagement 

 The Bush Theatre is developing a dynamic creative approach to working with its immediate local 
community. This commitment is led by Madani Younis, who describes this work as one that 
should ‚Äö√Ñ√∫reveal the theatre's relationship to the community and the community's relationship to 
us.‚Äî√∫ The work produced should merit, and be given, equal status and profile as a part of the 
whole Bush programme. The Community Producer works with the team to ensure a sense of 
mutual, informed thinking so that the programme is articulated as a unified entity. Individual 
events and projects are part of a clear long-term strategy. 

Behind the scenes