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Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £30,000 per annum
Company:Royal Exchange Theatre
Open to all
Apply by:18/10/2021 - 23:59

Producing Lead

Are you a dynamic and driven individual who is interested in programming and producing for theatre? Don't miss this exciting opportunity...

For over 40 years The Royal Exchange, sitting right in the city centre of Manchester, has been a cultural hub and home for audiences, artists, communities and its workforce. They have built an international reputation for presenting world class theatre in their unique space in the round, from new plays and reimagined classics to ambitious adaptations and thrilling musicals, including 125 world premieres.

The Producing Lead is responsible for the efficient operation of all the programming and producing functions. This includes coordinating the delivery of key aspects of the Artistic Programme working across activity both on and off site and on work by professionals and non-professionals. This role will also be a vital creative force, whether that be high-level expertise on projects, or ensuring that all projects and collaborations enjoy a process rich with imagination and innovation resulting in the highest technical and artistic standards whilst working within agreed parameters.



  • Work closely with the Artistic Directors and Director of Programme and Production to contribute to artistic planning, feasibility work and scheduling the artistic programme
  • Lead-produce an agreed portfolio of RET productions and co-productions across all its spaces and on tour/transfer
  • Look after creative teams and visiting artists during their engagement ensuring that they are welcomed, orientated and that their needs are met
  • Initiate, set parameters and understand and realise the ambitions of directors and design teams in collaboration with the Artistic Directors, Director of Programme and Production, Production Lead and any appropriate freelance staff e.g. Casting Director
  • Conduct contractual negotiations with agents and creative teams to include availabilities, royalties agreements, fees, work permits, travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Ensure accurate management of all delegated production budgets, provide timely and accurate updates of budget projections, cashflows and other financial information as required and within agreed finance procedures and formats
  • Support the Engagement Leads, Children & Young People’s Producer, Elders Producer and Communities Producer to produce Engagement activity
  • Support the casting process with the Artistic Directors, freelance Casting Directors, Director of Programme and Production & Dramaturg and New Work Lead


  • Develop and maintain local, national and international collaborative, co-producing and commissioning networks
  • Develop relationships and contracts where appropriate with partners
  • Regularly see work at all scales and in all forms on behalf of RET
  • Provide support and timely information to key RET teams ensuring efficient communication
  • Provide support to freelance staff and project workers as appropriate to deliver work to a high standard
  • Organise and deliver our programme of accessible performances, including British Sign Language, Captioned, Audio Described, Relaxed performances and digital streaming
  • Process artists’ invoices and expenses
  • Understand and input into the overall company budget and business planning process

Talent Development

  • Have a good working knowledge, and proactively work to develop an understanding of Artists in Greater Manchester
  • Work closely with the Artistic Directors and Dramaturg & New Work Lead to develop the new iteration of the RET’s talent development programme

Special Events

  • Lead in the delivery of the public events programme, scheduling and project managing one-off public events

Knowledge, skills, experience 

  • Experience in producing theatre productions at a range of scales including tours, transfers and co-productions
  • Considerable experience of producing across a number of complex projects at different stages of development simultaneously
  • Innovative problem solving
  • Artistic sensitivity and understanding towards design ideas and designers and the ability to motivate a team to fulfil the expectations of the design
  • Ability to develop the skill base and to allow opportunities for people to learn new techniques and skills so that they can grow as artists and makers
  • A good understanding of budget creation and management
  • Good housekeeping skills
  • Ability to communicate with staff across all teams
  • Ability to work well under pressure and prioritise work effectively
  • Good at managing and working in a team
  • Ability to listen and promote open discussion amongst team members
  • Good logistical skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • High standards of confidentiality, discretion, initiative and tact
  • A passion/interest in live performance and theatre-making
  • Digital communications, content generation, social media
  • Creativity
  • An appetite and robustness for change
  • Teaching and sharing practice (internal & external)
  • Financial Management
  • Planning
  • IT Literacy
  • Industry and Greater Manchester links
  • People management and development

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

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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