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Theatre Royal Plymouth

Executive Director – Producing & Programming

Plymouth, Devon

Up To £70,000 Dependent On Skills And Experience

Full Time


Theatre Royal Plymouth is one of the UK’s largest regional producing theatres. We engage and inspire our communities in Plymouth and the Southwest especially those who feel the arts aren’t for them. We do this through understanding and influencing the cultural, social and educational needs of our community, engaging and creating talent.

We are currently recruiting for an Executive Director to join our Executive team, developing and implementing TRP’s business plan and overseeing all aspects of the planning and delivery of the artistic programmes.

This new Executive level role provides leadership for TRP’s producing and programming function, collaborating with the creative team to set and deliver a successful producing & programming strategy for all of TRP’s creative and artistic activities, on-stage & off.

You’ll work closely with our CEO & Executive Producer along with the Director of Strategic Projects and the creative team to develop an annual programme, meeting TRP’s creative and business plan objectives.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with Heads of planning, Production and Technical you’ll ensure effective scheduling, high production standards and best use of resources, stages, studios and spaces.
  • Promote TRP, gathering intelligence on arts and audience trends to bring back to TRP to inform its future planning.
  • Seek out, develop and deliver digital programming and producing opportunities that align with TRP’s creative strategy.
  • Consider inclusivity, diversity and sustainability implications as core elements of all programming and producing decisions.
  • Represent the Creative Programme, advocating for it and communicating about it regularly and effectively to all TRP members of staff, stakeholders and media.
  • Develop a close working partnership with the Director of Strategic Projects to ensure community engagement (including with young people and schools) and co-creation is embedded in the creative programme from the outset of projects and to represent and demonstrate this clear statement of intent to the sector.
  • Take a line-producing role for TRP productions, leading on contractual negotiations, budget planning and overseeing all aspects of the work with producing, contracting and production management colleagues.
  • Build and nurture strategic relationships with companies and artists in the UK and internationally.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Experienced in the theatre sector with a solid understanding of complex programming across the large and small scale, commercial and subsidised theatre industries with particular understanding of regional theatre.
  • Significant experience in producing and programming, ideally in a building-based context.
  • A track-record of successfully producing quality new productions at differing scales.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to confidently work across all levels of an organisation and successfully manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Financially astute, a strong communicator and advocate, and a natural relationship builder used to working with a wide range of artists, creatives and producers and administrators.
  • Experience of setting & delivering sustainable revenue targets on large scale.
  • Understanding of the creative case for diversity and Arts Council England’s ‘Let’s Create’ strategy.

In return we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Relocation package is negotiable
  • 25 days plus statutory holidays
  • Company Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Great ticket offers
  • Discounts with many local businesses

Are you a proactive theatre professional with experience in a similar role? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Inclusion and Diversity

We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion at TRP with a workforce, participants and audiences that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

The collective power of each team member’s life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression and talent creates the very best environment for us to achieve our ambitions and lead the sector.

In recruiting for our team, we recognise the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 7th November 2023

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