Purpose Of The Role
The Producer is the line producer for Theatr Clwyd’s productions at home and on tour. They will employ significant specialist knowledge of, and creative approach to, theatre producing to support the Director of Producing in delivering the programmed work across the building and beyond.
Theatr Clwyd is a cultural hub, producing world-class theatre in the hills of North Wales. Since 1976 we have been serving our communities and delivering the highest quality theatre and arts experience for the people of North Wales and beyond.
Our mission is increasingly important to us in all that we do.
To make the world a happier place, one moment at a time.
We are fortunate enough to be one of very few theatres in the UK to build sets, make costumes, paint scenery and create props inhouse. These essential theatre making skills ensure that we can push theatrical boundaries to create stunning shows from the seed of a writer’s imagination. Since 2018 this has been recognised by the theatre industry with awards from UK Theatre, The Stage and the Olivier’s.
The development of theatre makers in our community is key to sustaining Wales and the UK’s cultural sector. We have spaces for writers and companies dovetailed with technical apprenticeships and trainee directors to create a building which supports emerging creatives in developing artistic excellence.
We use our skills to underpin social transformation in our communities. We creatively address social and educational challenges such as youth justice while bridging social and economic divides. We recognise the immediate impact and long term benefits the arts can provide to aid psychological and physical wellbeing. We collaborate with Wales’ largest NHS health board and local social services to meet the challenges facing health and social care by supporting our communities.
We have a recent annual turnover of around £7m and are funded by a combination of Arts Council Wales, Flintshire County Council, box office ticket sales, commercial income and fundraising from individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate sponsorship.
Contract: Fixed term for 18 months or permanent contracts available
Hours: 22 hours
Starting Salary: £34,461 pro rata
Team: Producing & Programming
Responsible to: Director of Producing
Responsible for: Assistant Producer
Closing Date: Monday 10th October 2022
Flexible hybrid working. Half a day each week will be need to be fixed and agreed. Applications accepted from across the UK and overseas.
Duties and Responsibilities
- To manage, recruit, resource, lead, unite and motivate the Producing Team
- To contribute to the overall strategy and direction by making recommendations to the Director of Producing on strategic plans, priorities and innovative solutions.
- To be accountable for budget management within the Team.
- To ensure the Producing Team makes a significant contribution to the overall success of Theatr Clwyd and to the arts scene across the UK.
- To encourage risk-taking, hard work and creative thinking and promote a positive and supportive culture.
- To lead by example, communicating, influencing and promoting the company ethos and excellent standards of Theatr Clwyd.
- To take the lead on scheduling projects and driving the delivery process forward, once the Director of Producing, Executive Director and Artistic Director have set up the producing context and structure.
- To be responsible for creating production budgets alongside the Director of Producing, Executive Director and Finance, Operations & People Director, and to liaise with them on all aspects of production accounting.
- In collaboration with the Director of Producing, to lead on contracting and negotiation, including visiting work, co-production agreements and commissions.
- To attend and actively participate in production meetings and be the first point of contact for Production Teams for any issues arising during production or performances, maintaining a constructive, professional and safe environment for the teams.
- In the case of projects that are co-produced with Theatr Clwyd but managed by a partner theatre, to play a coordinating role between the two organisations, and offer support to the partner theatre as necessary.
- To support the other departments at Theatr Clwyd with any development, engagement and communications activity around the productions.
- To manage a review meeting at the end of each production in which members of the team can evaluate successes and failures.
- To line manage the Assistant Producer and Production Manager.
- To line manage any resident trainees or apprentices as necessary.
- To actively engage in current theatre practice and productions, and to proactively contribute to programming discussions at Theatr Clwyd.
- To keep abreast of industry trends by attending shows, conferences and training events and following news, social media and reviews.
- To follow best practice across the industry by developing and maintaining relationships with a range of other producers in both the subsidised and commercial sectors.
- Significant specialist experience of working at a senior level in a producing role in a producing theatre.
- Significant experience of assembling and managing production and creative teams.
- Experience of negotiating and drafting contracts.
- Experience of booking a tour.
- Proven track record of line management, or managing a team together with the ability to lead and motivate people.
- Sound financial management skills, with experience of working with complex budgets.
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills, prioritising verbal communication, particularly in difficult conversations.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
- Good knowledge of UK Theatre subsidised repertory or SOLT agreements for actors, stage management and creative freelancers.
- A thoughtful approach and a demonstrable understanding of wider trends within the industry.
- Good knowledge of art forms other than theatre, including but not limited to dance, music, art, film and literature.
- Excellent administrative skills, with an organised and methodical approach.
- Ability to process and summarise complex information quickly.
- An energetic manner, an ability to drive projects to completion and to be self-supporting administratively.
- Ability to develop, nurture and sustain strong, productive and long-term relationships with a variety of key, high-level personnel, partnerships and networks.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure.
- Ability to work collaboratively.
- An understanding of audience development and marketing.
- Accessible and supportive to production staff, artists, participants and audiences.
- An understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- A commitment to artistic excellence.
- Experience of booking and managing international performances.
- Good networks within the UK theatre industry.
- Understanding of artist development.
- Knowledge of Health and Safety protocols, insurance and legal issues, and best practice in equal opportunities and diversity policies.
- Full driving licence.
- Spoken and written Welsh.
The Producing and Programming Team at Theatr Clwyd, alongside the Artistic Director, is responsible for creating and realising the full programme of produced and visiting work. It provides a practical framework within which the artistic vision can be delivered to deadline and to budget, as well as enabling actors, creative teams and other artists to create innovative and inspiring work.