Artistic Director – Live Theatre

Live Theatre

Live Theatre, Newcastle, one of the UK’s great new writing theatres, is looking for a new Artistic Director with exceptional experience as a theatre artist. They will have a talent for leadership, a proven ability to work with writers and other theatre makers, a passion for engagement and the experience to drive forward the organisation’s award-winning work.

Live Theatre has an international reputation as a theatre for new work and new writing. As well as producing and presenting new plays, many of which regularly tour nationally and internationally, it seeks out and nurtures creative talent, and runs the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region.

Live Theatre… has supported generation after generation of new writers, actors and theatre artists.” Lee Hall, Playwright

The new Artistic Director will need outstanding creative skills, an eagerness to be located in the North East of England, and a commitment to engaging with the communities of the region. They will have the tenacity, diplomacy and creativity to take on the artistic leadership of a theatre with a rich heritage and an eye to the future.

The Artistic Director will be a professional theatre director/artist with an ability to work with writers and other theatre makers. They will require national and international contacts, and will be passionate about engagement, access and diversity.

“One of the most fertile crucibles of new writing” The Guardian

The Artistic Director will take a leadership role in the cultural and social development of the region, and be eager to commit to the company and region for the medium to long term.

The Artistic Director will initially work alongside previous longstanding Artistic Director, Max Roberts who is now a part-time Emeritus Director and Visiting Professor of Performing Arts at University of Sunderland.

Live Theatre is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Salary: circa £48,000

Deadline: 12noon, Monday 16 October 2017

Initial Interviews scheduled: w/c Monday 30 October, in Newcastle

How to Apply / Contact

Please email or ring (0191) 269 3493 to request an application pack

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