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Salary: £18,000 (Freelance Fee)
Location of post: St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London
Responsible to: Chief Executive / Artistic Director
Working alongside: Church Administrator
Responsible for: Associate Producers
Creative & Technical Team
Interns / Volunteers
This is a freelance contract, with the successful candidate being responsible for their own tax. The ideal candidate will start as soon as possible, working alongside the current Senior Producer for a handover period.
Iris Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based in the heart of London’s Theatreland. Over the past decade we have built a reputation for innovative site-specific theatre with mass appeal. Our year is centred around our summer promenade performances in the grounds and buildings of St Paul’s ‘the Actors Church’ in Covent Garden. Our ten week summer season generally consists of a Shakespeare play followed by a classic family story.
Beyond our summer season, throughout the year our Workin Process platform provides the next generation of musical theatre writers the chance to showcase new British musical theatre. In the past year we have taken our site-responsive approach beyond Covent Garden to venues including Hoxton Hall and The Union Theatre.
The company was created in 2007. Growing year on year, Iris gained full charity status in October 2009, with a mission to support the development of the next generation of professional theatre practitioners and to produce a fresh and vibrant repertoire of varied work providing audiences with affordable and accessible theatre.
In 2017 Iris Theatre became the general management team behind London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season; London’s only free-for-all professional dramatic productions at the thousand-seater amphitheatre, The Scoop.
- Building company strategy, planning & development
- HR systems, contracting
- Legal processes, insurance, policies & procedures
- Ensure strong communication between the church, external team members and the board of trustees.
- Manage recruitment and HR procedures
- Manage marketing for company outside of the summer season
- Manage and lead the team including interns, volunteers, creative staff and hirers
- Act as the the first point of contact for the company
- Oversee all aspects of the productions including: contracting, casting, marketing, ticketing, production management and budgeting.
- Operations management including overseeing box office & bar procedures
- Generally line manage and act as support for the staff and volunteers on-site
- Coordinate scheduling and production management
- Act as duty manager on some evening shows (Shared responsibility with other management).
Financial Processing and Administration
- Book-keeping, petty cash repayments, invoice payments & invoicing, banking, financial management (inc. TTR), managing cash-flow
- Oversee Production budgets
- Develop long term financial income streams including core funding
- Fundraising & memberships management
- Facilities management
- IT & Systems management
- Office management & administration
- Contracting & Volunteer agreements
- HR Support & company management
- Charity administration
Iris Theatre – Company Productions
Hamlet – 19th June – 27th July
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – 1st August – 1st September
London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season (Gods and Monsters Theatre) – General Managers
The Sea Queen / Twelfth Night – 7th August – 1st September.
Essential Skills, Experience and Attributes:
- Experience of managing staff & HR procedures, including recruitment
- Experience of producing and general managing theatre
- Experience of financial management including production budgets and book-keeping
- At least 3 years experience within theatre management
- Excellent time management skills
- An ability to self-manage and self-motivate
- A collaborative attitude and ability to work within a small, committed team with people from a various backgrounds
- Flexibility, commitment and the ability to multitask
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Attention to detail and ability to work under pressure
- Strong IT skills in Office-based software
- A passion for theatre
Desirable Skills, Experience and Attributes:
- A knowledge of London’s theatre industry and Iris Theatre’s position in the wider industry
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Experience in working with emerging artists & students
- Experience managing volunteers
- Experience in theatre operations
- Experience with box office systems (Spetrix, Ticketsolve etc.)
- Experience with Quickbooks accounting package
Guidance Notes for Applicants
To apply please send a CV, Cover Letter identifying your experience and skills (with specific examples) relevant to this role (2 sides of A4 max) and details of two references to: email@example.com
Once applied, please complete the equal opportunities form found on this page.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Midday, 24th May 2019
Please insert APPLICATION FOR SENIOR PRODUCER as the subject.
Iris Theatre have ongoing schemes for Emerging Artists to get involved with us as well as rolling work experience opportunities in theatre administration, production and marketing. Check out our Volunteering page to find out more.
In general we work with emerging artists across all fields of production in theatre, music, dance, cabaret, circus and opera. If you have suggestions of other ways in which you would like to get involved why not drop us a line and tell us more.
2019 Submissions now open
Have you got a new piece in development?
Ready to showcase your work and take the next step towards a full production?
Iris Theatre supports up-coming artists by showcasing new shows, often musicals, at The Actors Church. Performances often run for one or two nights at the 254-seat venue located in the heart of central London in Covent Garden. Due to the nature of this space the work presented is often musical/sung work, highly visual or engaging performances rather than spoken word.
With no upfront rental cost, working on a first call followed by a box office split, we offer support-in-kind and advice in the areas of marketing, administration, technical and front of house as well as producing advice in the form of Producing Surgeries. Our co-productions at the Actors Church are a low risk opportunity to get your work seen.
We provide these opportunities from January – May and September – November annually.
This is a great ‘first step’ platform for emerging writers, producers and companies to perform their work in central London before committing to a full production.
To apply please complete this application form
For more information please feel free to e-mail our General Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideal for recent design graduates, we strive to match the next generation of theatre markers with our team of emerging designers through these volunteer opportunities:
Construction Placement –
A skill-based placement for emerging and aspiring set designers, our construction placement programme is a four week placement. Taking place in May, June and July this placement enables you with the practical skills involved in building mid-scale sets suitable for outdoor, promenade productions.
Scenic Art Placement –
Ideal for emerging designers who can’t commit for a full four weeks and more interested in applying scenic art experience and learning about designing for 3D spaces.
Costume Assistant Placements –
A skill and practical based placement, costume assistants work closely with the designer at our workshop to realise designs for up to 6x multi-rolling actors. This placement is ideal for costume and fashion students or recent graduates.
Production Assistants –Interested in the inner-workings of theatre productions? Our Production Assistant placements are ideal for those interested in being in the thick of the action!
Assistant Producers and Marketing Assistants –
An administrative and office based placements, we have a select few opportunities annually for aspiring producers, general managers, marketers and anyone else interested in theatre administration. Suited for graduates and final-year placements or theatre professionals interested in learning skills in producing.
Front-of-House Volunteers –
Be a part of the show team! If you’re interested in gaining any work experience in customer-facing roles, theatre management or just want to be a part of the fun this summer then front-of-house is a great, low commitment option for those who are interested in a bit extra but don’t want to commit to set hours. Ideally suited for work-experience and recent school leavers.
For more information please contact:
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