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Northern Stage

Archived: Artistic Director / Joint Chief Executive

Salary: in the range £50,000 – £60,000 per year depending on experience

Contract: full-time, permanent

Location: Newcastle

Northern Stage is the largest producing theatre in the North East of England, with a regional and national sector support role. A place to laugh, discover, challenge and learn – a place to think and rethink.  We champion high-quality, mid-scale production and touring, backed up by our industry-leading facilities and a dash of Geordie genius.  We reach beyond the ordinary, every time.

Northern Stage is looking for a leading creative practitioner with an entrepreneurial approach to take the company beyond its 50th year.

The Artistic Director will lead the company artistically, devising and delivering a compelling programme of work that animates Northern Stage’s values and identity whilst ensuring its long-term financial stability and growth.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for someone who will bring new thinking, champion boldness and inclusivity, and question what contemporary theatre looks like, how it is made and who is central to making it.

Experienced theatre directors and makers are encouraged to apply and applications are also welcome from others who can demonstrate relevant artistic credibility, excellence in their discipline and the ability to lead and influence other theatre artists.

Northern Stage particularly welcomes applications from people of colour, D/deaf and disabled, and LGBTQ+ creative practitioners or those experiencing barriers due to socio-economic background. This is a full-time role, but applications from candidates who would wish to do it on a more flexible working pattern, for example due to caring responsibilities or access requirements relating to a disability, would be welcomed. Northern Stage are open to the potential for the role to be undertaken as a job share with salary paid pro rata. All candidates who are D/deaf or disabled and meet the essential criteria will be invited for an interview.

For further information about this opportunity and to find out how to apply, please visit

Closing Date: Friday 14 February, 12 noon

First Interviews: 3 – 4 March 2020

Second Interviews: 19 – 20 March 2020

All applicants will be contacted by Friday 21 February.

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