Associate Artistic Director

Role Summary

Because our work is about highlighting women’s experiences and providing gender-specific services to women, all of our positions are open to women only (exempt under Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, part 1). We’re seeking an Associate Artistic Director to join the company in early 2024 and become part of our artistic leadership helping to shape and achieve the organisation’s artistic strategy and plans. This is a new senior management role for an experienced theatre practitioner with a commitment to ground-breaking artistic output who believes in the transformative power of theatre. Working alongside Anna Herrmann, Artistic Director and Joint CEO, you’ll collaborate with other colleagues, artists, Members and partners to drive forward and enrich our artistic plans for the future. You will be able to model positive leadership behaviour to foster a culture of innovation, creativity, good communication and collaboration. You will probably describe yourself as a director, dramaturg or theatre maker, or a combination of these. We are looking for someone who can contribute to the delivery of our work as well as the development and design of it. You will be interested in bringing your ideas, passion, skills and experience to an organisation where you can flourish, take risks, learn and collaborate, ultimately making a profound difference in women’s lives. You will have an unswerving commitment to justice and equity in the theatre sector and beyond. Please read the Recruitment Pack before applying for this role. The deadline for submitting applications for this role is 12pm midday on Friday 29 September 2023.

Job Specification

Below, we have listed the specific skills, knowledge and experience we are looking for. 1. Leadership: Strong leadership skills, and ability to articulate fresh ideas and speak powerfully to the artistic vision of an organisation. 2. Practice: Demonstrable professional experience of making theatre of ambition and quality. An ability to make new work for a variety of theatre spaces and audiences and with professionals and non-professionals. 3. Power and privilege: Commitment to and experience of working towards anti-racism practices, and a good understanding of the dynamics of power and privilege in cultural organisations and in making artistic work. 4. Writer development: Demonstrable experience of collaborating with writers with different levels of experience to help them develop their scripts through to production and extend their vision and skills. 5. Networking: Strong relationships with venues and artists who are actively and openly committed to inclusive, anti-racist practice, and could extend Clean Break’s work; familiarity with the current theatre landscape in London and nationally, and maybe internationally. 6. Care: Strong pastoral care skills, and an enthusiasm for and confidence in supporting artists, from non-professional through to emerging and experienced theatre makers, while also ensuring that self-care is part of your own working practice. 7. Creativity: bringing a creative and innovative approach, ready to offer ideas and solutions that extend our work and influence the development of our artistic programme. 8. Collaboration: a team player who is flexible and responsive; able to maintain clear personal/professional boundaries in a work environment. 9. Management: experience of supporting and supervising staff and understanding of how to enable others to do their best and thrive. 10. Administration: competent with usual project administration (Office 365), ability to organise and prioritise your own workload and work well to deadlines; conscientious and good attention to detail. 11. Communication: a strong written and verbal communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, experienced at communicating with a variety of different stakeholders and in different ways.


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Permanent, Full Time

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Creative & Direction

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