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Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: Competitive
Company:Sadler's Wells
Open to all
Apply by:09/12/2021 - 23:59

Associate Artistic Director

Brand new role! If you have experience working with dance artists and understand the logistics of theatre making, find out more below...

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation, dedicated to presenting, producing and touring dance made today in all its forms. Sadler’s Wells commissions, presents and produces more dance than any other theatre in the world – from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting- edge contemporary dance. With an innovative, year-round programme of performances and learning activities, this is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where they welcome everyone to experience dance and be inspired.

The new role of Associate Artistic Director will co-curate the programme with the Artistic Director and CEO and draw together new artistic strands with existing programmes. This role allows them to expand the artistic lenses, and feed into the whole programme through the Artistic Advisors.


  • With the Artistic Director and CEO, support the strategic planning of the Artistic programme for Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Sadler’s Wells East and Lilian Baylis Studio consulting the internal Artistic Planning Committee in order to deliver the artistic vision
  • To support the Artistic Director in the development and implementation of Sadler’s Wells’ artistic policy
  • Enable, support and actively seek insight from the Artistic Advisors and use this to inform programme suggestions
  • Work closely with the Peacock Programmer
  • With the Artistic Director and CEO, create and maintain an innovative and industry- leading live programme
  • Research and seek out new work and upcoming artists that have important messages to share and are representative of the diversity of the UK and create new partnerships for the future
  • Explore and propose inspiring and innovative commissions, co-production and similar opportunities for partnership working
  • Oversee contracting within the Programme Management team, making revisions and updates as necessary
  • Regularly attend performances or meet with artists in the UK and abroad, and report back with proposals for engagement
  • Explore and research ways to increase access, deepen loyalty and diversify engagement through their programme with a particular emphasis on east London in preparation for their new venue

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Demonstrated experience as a producer or artistic programmer, including familiarity with budgets, curating a programme, touring, and contracts
  • Experience of working with, and established relationships with, senior dance artists
  • Experience of, or significant exposure to, the critical decision-making processes of a business or charity
  • Knowledge of best practice in artistic administration and leadership, artist development and outreach/community programmes
  • Understand the passion of artists, the logistics of theatre making and the needs of the audience members and have the patience and experience to manage all three
  • Has established national and international relationships with practitioners and artistic leaders in the dance industry, particularly international artists
  • Ability to think strategically, unite different interests and clarify goals for both the artistic teams and the organisation as a whole
  • Excellent planning and project management skills with the ability to prioritise and meet demanding deadlines, delegate and allocate resources effectively
  • Ability to translate ideas into effective action speedily and within a finite budget
  • Able to present information clearly to all levels of the organisation, using strong negotiating and influencing skills as necessary
  • Strong leadership skills and strategic thinking, with the ability to flex and adapt your style to match the needs of your team and colleagues
  • Able to demonstrate an open mindset and deep curiosity about others, listen without judgment, and seek with empathy to understand those around them
  • Committed to driving an inclusive and anti-racist culture in the organisation, and actively implementing ways to increase diversity in their workforce, programme and artists
  • A strong alignment with Sadler’s Wells’ values, mission, vision and objectives
  • Experience of meeting commercial objectives
  • Willingness and able to attend evening and weekend performances
  • Must currently hold the Right to Work in the United Kingdom

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

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