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Job Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working for Leeds Playhouse. Any jobs that are currently available are shown below.

  • Executive Director

    Our Executive team will be comprised of James Brining (our Artistic Director & Chief Executive) and an Executive Director. Could you complete our Executive Leadership team as our new Executive Director?

    At Leeds Playhouse we are a creative hub for the city and beyond: a place where people and communities come together to tell and share stories; to experience world-class theatre that is pioneering and relevant; and to develop strong relationships.

    You will work alongside the Artistic Director & Chief Executive to achieve our artistic ambition, ensuring the work reflects the Playhouse’s commitment to equality and access and that excellence is achieved in all our activities. You will provide dynamic and inspirational leadership to our Senior Management team and to our many external partners, leading on business development and championing the delivery of our high-quality experience for audiences.  The legal and financial wellbeing of the company will be in your hands and you will ensure that our resources – financial, physical, and human – are managed effectively and efficiently.

    You need to have the skills to lead a complex charitable organisation in the arts sector, and we’ve set out the detail of that in our job pack. You also need a genuine commitment to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusivity, accessibility and diversity across all of our activities. This is a demanding and exciting job so you need to relish the challenges of working at the heart of an ambitious, fast-paced and busy organisation.

    We recognise that people with protected characteristics, as well as people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with experience of being in care, will have faced barriers in their careers. We positively encourage the widest range of applications from anyone who can demonstrate they meet the essential criteria.

    For further information about the role and how to apply, please download an information pack from http://aeminternational.co.uk/executive-director-leeds-playhouse/ or from this link.

    The deadline for applications is Monday 21 February at 5pm.

  • Assistant Director for I Wanna Be Yours

    Leeds Playhouse is a large organisation that produces theatre, supports artists and engages with communities across West Yorkshire. You can find out more by watching this film: https://youtu.be/AT98G3fWhvQ.

    What’s the opportunity?

    We are looking for an Assistant Director to work on I WANNA BE YOURS written by Zia Ahmed and directed by Sameena Hussain.

    An Assistant Director works alongside the director. They support the creation of the production, feeding in ideas and suggestions for how the play should develop. They run warm-ups and sometimes even lead rehearsals. They visit the show during performances on the director’s behalf, checking how the play is doing and giving notes to the actors.

    This is an early career position.

    I WANNA BE YOURS is a play for two actors and will be performed in our studio theatre, the Bramall Rock Void. It is a love story about Ella, a white woman from Hebden Bridge who is a struggling actor living in London, and Haseeb, a poet born and bred in London who is Muslim and of Pakistani heritage. It’s a tender, fluid funny play about love, especially when there’s an elephant in the room.

    What’s the deal?

    · You will receive a fee of £2250 plus up to £200 towards your travel expenses.

    · You will be contracted as self-employed and be responsible for paying your own tax and National Insurance contributions.

    · We can provide access support such as BSL interpreters if required.

    · You need to be available for all (or the majority) of the dates Monday 4 April to Wednesday 4 May.

    · You must be based in West Yorkshire.

    · You must either be able to commute into Leeds Playhouse or, if you are shielding due to Covid-19, we can explore this opportunity being made available via Zoom.

    Who are we looking for?

    · Someone who is in the earlier stages of their career as a director and is looking for more experience.

    · Someone who has some experience of the creative process of bringing stories to life and sharing these with a live audience.

    · At Leeds Playhouse, we believe that telling stories is part of being human, how we describe the world as it is and how we would like it to be. How we change things. Make difference. We love theatre because it creates a space where we make and listen to our stories; they become real, enabling us to have a conversation with ourselves, to reflect on and transform our view of the world and each other. We’re looking for someone who shares these beliefs.

    · Someone who is supportive, engaged, interested, playful, passionate and open.

    · Someone who is willing to learn.

    · Someone who is a good team player.

    · Someone with an interest in spoken word and/or physical theatre.

    · As we want the theatre industry to reflect the diversity of the UK today, we are very keen to receive applications for this role from the widest of backgrounds.

    How to apply

    You can send us your application either written or as an audio or video recording in English or BSL. We’re interested in what you say rather than how you say it.

    We’d like you to tell us the following things:

    1. What position are you applying for?

    2. We want to hear about you. Tell us a short amount about yourself and what you have been doing to date.

    3. Explain why you think you might be the right person for the opportunity. Think about the ‘Who are we looking for?’ section above when answering this question.

    4. Tell us why this opportunity would be exciting or useful for you. We want to understand how this opportunity could help you develop your career as a director.

    Please either write your answers (no more than one A4 side) or make an audio or video recording no longer than 3 minutes.

    Along with your application, please include the following information:

    o Name

    o Pronouns (eg: she/her, he/him, they/them)

    o Address

    o Email

    o Phone Number

    o Confirm that you live within West Yorkshire

    o Confirm you have the legal right to work in the UK

    o Please share any access requirements you have. Information you provide will not form part of the decision-making process. Complete our inclusion and diversity form by clicking this link: online inclusion/diversity form

    Send your application to rio.matchett@leedsplayhouse.org.uk. In the subject line, put “Application for Assistant Director “. Rio can also help you with any questions you might have about the application process or the roles.

    The deadline for this application is Monday 31 January at 10am.

    What happens next?

    · We will create a shortlist from everyone who has submitted an application.

    · If you are shortlisted, you will hear from us by email or phone. You will be invited to an informal interview over Zoom. The interviews for I WANNA BE YOURS will be held in the week commencing 21 February. If you are not able to use Zoom, let us know and we can arrange an alternative way to interview you.

    · If you are not shortlisted, we will let you know soon after the application deadline.

    · After the interviews we will let all candidates know whether they have been successful or not.

    · The successful Assistant Director starts on 28 March 2022.

    What support is in place for the successful candidate?

    · You will be supported by the Director and Stage Management team. You will also have the opportunity to check in with the wider Artistic Planning team at Leeds Playhouse.

    · We can support you with any access requirements you might have and have lots of experience in Access to Work applications.

    · You will have access to the same support that we provide to employees, including our Care First package and our micro-aggressions reporting form.

    Covid-19

    Leeds Playhouse is working within government guidelines to protect the safety of our staff and audiences. Please note that all of the information in this call out is correct at time of publication but is subject to change due to the ever-changing Covid restrictions.

  • Trainee Assistant Director for Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Leeds Playhouse is a large organisation that produces theatre, supports artists and engages with communities across West Yorkshire. You can find out more by watching this film: https://youtu.be/AT98G3fWhvQ.

    What’s the opportunity?

    We are looking for a Trainee Assistant Director for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH directed by Jamie Fletcher.

    A Trainee Assistant Director is an opportunity to observe an entire rehearsal period from the first day of rehearsals to press night, learning about how a production comes together and what a Director and Assistant Director do.

    This is an entry level position.

    HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is a rock musical about a singer called Hedwig, a hedonistic genderqueer anti-heroine seemingly hellbent on destruction. This darkly humorous self-love story will feature a live band, epic rock-inspired music and hard-hitting lyrics. It explores gender identity, acceptance and the freedom to be whoever you want to be. The creative team is predominantly led by Queer, Trans including Non-Binary artists including trans director Jamie Fletcher and non-binary performer Divina De Campo who will play Hedwig.

    What’s the deal?

    · You will receive a fee of £2400 plus up to £200 towards your travel expenses.

    · You will be contracted as self-employed and be responsible for paying your own tax and National Insurance contributions.

    · We can provide access support such as BSL interpreters if required.

    · You need to be available for all (or the majority) of the dates Mon 28 February – Wed 6 April 2022. Hours will follow rehearsal hours and are TBC.

    · You must be based in West Yorkshire.

    · You must either be able to commute into Leeds Playhouse or, if you are shielding due to Covid-19, we can explore this opportunity being made available via Zoom.

    · During the rehearsal process you will be supported by the Director and Assistant Director.

    Who are we looking for?

    · Someone who is at the start of their journey as a theatre director.

    · Someone who is interested in the creative process of bringing stories to life and sharing these with a live audience.

    · At Leeds Playhouse, we believe that telling stories is part of being human, how we describe the world as it is and how we would like it to be. How we change things. Make difference. We love theatre because it creates a space where we make and listen to our stories; they become real, enabling us to have a conversation with ourselves, to reflect on and transform our view of the world and each other. We’re looking for someone who shares these beliefs.

    · Someone who is supportive, engaged, interested, playful and open.

    · Someone who is willing to learn.

    · Someone who is a good team player.

    · Because of the artistic enquiry of this production, we especially encourage Trans including Non-Binary artists to apply.

    How to apply

    You can send us your application either written or as an audio or video recording in English or BSL. We’re interested in what you say rather than how you say it.

    We’d like you to tell us the following things:

    1. What position you are applying for.

    2. We want to hear about you. Tell us a short amount about yourself and what you have been doing to date.

    3. Explain why you think you might be the right person for the opportunity. Think about the ‘Who are we looking for?’ section above when answering this question.

    4. Tell us why this opportunity would be exciting or useful for you. We want to understand how this opportunity could help you develop your career as a director.

    Please either write your answers (no more than one A4 side) or make an audio or video recording no longer than 3 minutes.

    Along with your application, please include the following information:

    o Name

    o Pronouns (eg: she/her, he/him, they/them)

    o Address

    o Email

    o Phone Number

    o Confirm you live within West Yorkshire

    o Confirm you have the legal right to work in the UK

    o Please share any access requirements you have. Information you provide will not form part of the decision-making process. Complete our inclusion and diversity form by clicking this link: online inclusion/diversity form

    Send your application to rio.matchett@leedsplayhouse.org.uk. In the subject line, put “Trainee Assistant Director”. Rio can also help you with any questions you might have about the application process or the roles.

    The deadline for this application is Monday 31 January at 10am.

    What happens next?

    We will create a shortlist from everyone who has submitted an application.

    If you are shortlisted, you will hear from us by email or phone. You will be invited to an informal interview over Zoom. The interviews will be held in the week commencing 7 February. If you are not able to use Zoom, let us know and we can arrange an alternative way to interview you.

    If you are not shortlisted, we will let you know soon after the application deadline.

    After the interviews, we will let all candidates know whether they have been successful or not.

    The successful Trainee Assistant Director will start on 28 February 2022.

    What support is in place for the  successful candidate?

    You will be supported by the Director and Stage Management team. You will also have the opportunity to check in with the wider Artistic Planning team at Leeds Playhouse.

    We can support you with any access requirements you might have and have lots of experience in Access to Work applications.

    You will have access to the same support that we provide to employees, including our Care First package and our micro-aggressions reporting form.

    Covid-19

    Leeds Playhouse is working within government guidelines to protect the safety of our staff and audiences. Please note that all of the information in this call out is correct at time of publication but is subject to change due to the ever-changing Covid restrictions.

  • Freelance Prop Makers Call Out

    We would like to increase our pool of freelance prop makers.

    To register your interest, please email your CV and a small sample of your portfolio to props@leedsplayhouse.org.uk.

  • Sous Chef

    Are you looking for a hands-on position where you can provide a high-quality standard of food to customers? Why not apply to do this in the Playhouse Kitchen and the Front Room Café, whilst also delivering daily Conference & Events.

    The Sous Chef is a key role within the kitchen team. You will be proactive, consistent, calm, collected and professional at all times. You will support the Head Chef with all aspects of the delivery of the kitchen operation and will represent the Head Chef in their absence.

    You’ll be working in a warm and friendly environment and because we’re a theatre, you will rarely be asked to work after 8pm.

    Pay is £29,000 per year, pro rata if less than full time – 40 hours per week on a permanent contract. However, we will welcome applications from people who wish to work less than this.

    The closing date for applications is 10am, Monday 24 January.

    To find out more about this role, please download our job pack. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our online application form, and our online inclusion and diversity monitoring form.

  • Box Office Manager

    Could you be our Box Office Manager who will coordinate the Box Office sales team and manage the Box Office on a day to day basis? Are you ready to maximise sales and providing the highest standards of customer care and experience?

    As Box Office Manager you will recruit, train, develop and performance manage the Box Office sales team to ensure that the Playhouse continually exceeds objectives and expectations. As part of the Marketing & Communications team, you will be the bridge between Box Office and the wider team, and assist marketing activities within the integrated Marketing & Communications department. As Box Office Manager you will also work closely with the Front of House team and support the Fundraising Development Department to maximise donations and to assist with other fundraising activities.

    Pay is £20,000 – £21,000 per year, pro rata for 24 hours per week, consisting of 21 hours of paid work, plus 3 hours of unpaid breaks. Hours will include some evenings and Saturdays.

    The deadline for receipt of applications is 9am, Wednesday 29 January. If shortlisted for interview you will hear from us by Monday 3 February. Interviews will be held at Leeds Playhouse on Monday 10 February.

    To find out more about this role, please download our job pack. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our application form, and our online inclusion and diversity monitoring form.

    If you have any questions or would like an informal conversation about this role, you can get in touch with Liz Irving, Sales Manager at liz.irving@leedsplayhouse.org.uk

  • Producer

    Are you an experienced theatre producer looking to work with a range of artists and companies to make excellent work in West Yorkshire? We are looking for a Producer to join us for one year from February or March 2022 – February or March 2023. This will be a part-time role, 3 days per week.

    This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Producer to join us at an exciting time. Working within an arts organisation with national and international profile based in Leeds, the Producer will be enthusiastic about the opportunity to bring about change within the organisation.

    We acknowledge that the theatre industry is not yet representative of the world in which we live. We commit to increasing representation within the current cohort of Producers in the United Kingdom, and so we are particularly interested in hearing from people from the Global Majority
    for this role.

    Pay for this role is £16,800 for a pro-rata, 3-day per week salary (£28,000 full time equivalent salary). This contract is for 21 hours of paid work per week which is a part-time.

    The closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 28 January.

    To find out more about this role, please download our job pack. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our application form, and our online inclusion and diversity monitoring form.

  • Senior Lighting Technician

    Are you a technician with experience of lighting and video within the events and entertainment industry? If yes, join us in the role of Senior Lighting Technician within our Lighting department.

    In this role you will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of Lighting and Video support for productions in our three venues, community driven projects across our city, and creative projects as part of our digital development programme.

    You will be working in collaboration with colleagues across our production department in support of external creative teams, visiting companies, and offering technical expertise to our digital development programme.

    Pay for this permanent role is £20,975 per year, plus BECTU/UK Theatre commercial get-outs and overtime payments. Full Time at 40 hours per week over 6 days. Evening, weekend and some Public Holiday work will be required. You will be expected to work overtime as required. Leeds Playhouse operates under an in-house agreement.

    The closing date for applications is 9am, 31st January with interviews on week commencing 7 February 2022.

    To find out more about this role, please download our job pack. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our application form, and our online inclusion and diversity monitoring form.

    To find out more about this role, please contact the Lighting Department via email lx@leedsplayhouse.org.uk

  • Studio Theatre Technician

    Are you a multi-skilled technician with experience of working within the events and entertainment industry? If yes, join us in the role of Studio Theatre Technician, based within our lighting department.

    You will be responsible for contributing to the smooth delivery of shows and events in our studio theatre, community driven projects across our city, and creative projects as part of our digital development programme.

    You will be working in collaboration with colleagues across all our production teams (stage, lighting, sound, stage management, scenic workshops & wardrobe) in support of external creative teams, visiting companies, early career artists and in-house productions.

    The closing date for applications is 9am, 31st January with interviews on week commencing 7 February 2022.

    Pay for this permanent role is £20,301 per year, plus BECTU/UK Theatre commercial get-outs and overtime payments. Full Time at 40 hours per week over 6 days. Evening, weekend and some Public Holiday work will be required. You will be expected to work overtime as required. Leeds Playhouse operates under an in-house agreement.

    To find out more about this role, please download our job pack. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our application form, and our online inclusion and diversity monitoring form.

    To find out more about this role, please contact the Lighting Department via email lx@leedsplayhouse.org.uk

  • Head of Stage

    Are you a technician with experience of Stage & Automation within the events and entertainment industry? If yes, join us in the role of Head of Stage to lead our Stage Department.

    You will be responsible for the Deputy Head of Stage and Senior Stage Technician, alongside casual stage technicians & freelancers. You will be line managed by the Technical Director and working alongside the other Production Heads of Departments, offering technical expertise to our range of programme & activity across the organisation.

    You will be responsible for supporting the rehearsal process, delivering rehearsal sets, problem solving and ensuring a robust health & safety environment for everyone throughout the performances.

    You will be a key part of the welcome for Visiting Companies ensuring their time with the Playhouse runs as smoothly as possible.

    Pay is £34,289 per year, made up of two parts: your basic wage and an element to cover other payments.

    • Basic wage of £27,299 for a full-time position. This covers your work for 40 hours a week, over 6 days (Monday to Saturday) including weekend and evening work. You may be required to work on public holidays.
    • You will be expected to work additional hours when there are peaks in work. This will be a further £6,990 per year (paid in monthly instalments) in consideration of those extra hours (up to 336 hours a year) and instead of other ancillary payments (e.g. meal allowances). Any hours exceeding 336 additional hours per year will be taken as time off in lieu with agreement from Technical Director.
      You will remain eligible for additional pay if you work BECTU/UK Theatre commercial gets outs, or if you work on Sundays.

    The closing date for applications is 10am, Friday 18 February. Interviews will be the week commencing 28 February 2022.

    To find out more about this role, please download our job pack. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our online application form, and our online inclusion and diversity monitoring form.

  • Deputy Head of Sound

    Are you a technician with experience of live & recorded sound within the events and entertainment industry? If yes, join us in the role of Deputy Head of Sound within our Sound department.

    You will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of Sound support for rehearsals, productions in our three venues, community driven projects across our city, and other creative projects as part of our digital development programme.

    You will be working in collaboration with colleagues across our production department in support of external creative teams, visiting companies, and offering technical expertise to our digital development programme.

    Pay is £23,091 per year, plus BECTU/UK Theatre commercial get-outs and overtime payments. Full Time. 40 hours per week over 6 days. Evening, weekend and some Public Holiday work will be required. You will be expected to work overtime as required. Leeds Playhouse operates under an in-house agreement.

    The closing date for applications is 10am, Friday 18 February. Interviews will be the week commencing 28 February 2022.

    To find out more about this role, please download our job pack. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our online application form, and our online inclusion and diversity monitoring form.

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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors