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ASSOCIATE PRODUCER – London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season 2019

Salary: £4,000 fee

Employer: Iris Theatre

Location of post: St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London

Responsible to:   Emma Murton, Senior Producer (Iris Theatre), Dr Daniel Winder, Artistic Director (Iris Theatre), Suzanna Rosenthal, Creative Producer (Gods & Monsters Theatre)

Working alongside: Director, Production Manager, Construction Manager, Fundraising Administrator, Finance and Admin Assistant

Responsible for: Creative Team, Production Crew

Working alongside Creative Producer Suzanna Rosenthal, Iris Theatre undertake the general management and fundraising for ‘London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season’. We are seeking an Associate Producer to join us for this year’s season.

‘London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season’ produces two productions which are free to the public throughout August at ‘The Scoop’ by London Bridge. We’re looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated producer who will become a vital part of the team and believe in bringing free theatre to London.

This is a freelance part-time position over a 9 month period between February and September 2019. Over this period your main areas of responsibility will include:

  • Manage the funding strategy, including identifying potential funding bodies and writing applications including Arts Council with the Senior Producer.
  • Oversee the production planning of London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season in consultation with the Creative Producer, Senior Producer and Artistic Director
  • Organise and collate feedback forms for funding evaluation.
  • Work with Iris Theatre to recruit creative and production team members
  • Support Senior producer managing all production departments with production team
  • Manage the production budget with the Senior Producer
  • Act as the the first point of contact for the production & creative team.
  • Co-ordinate the casting schedule with the Director.
  • Administrate HR documentation & contracts with the Senior Producer
  • Ensure the marketing campaign is running to schedule and support as necessary
  • Schedule & manage Get in, Technical rehearsals & get out with the production manager & stage managers.
  • Source materials, props & equipment as and when needed.
  • Organise rehearsal schedules with stage management.
  • In September collaborate with Senior Producer to create the Final Project report for funding bodies.
  • In September collaborate with Senior Producer to finalise and reconcile the show budget.

Time structure

This is a task-based role with a flat fee structure. The particular hours and days worked are flexible; in negotiation with the Iris Team. Due to the nature of the production it’s expected that the successful candidate will manage their time alongside other commitments and be starting as soon as possible part-time. They must be available throughout July and August when the shows are running, with some time needed in September for finishing the project evaluation.

The production runs at The Scoop between 1st August – 1st September.

This is a freelance, self-employed position. You will be responsible for your own tax and national insurance.


Essential Skills, Experience and Attributes:

  • Experience with Fundraising for Theatre
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Experience of managing staff & HR procedures, including recruitment
  • Experience of producing for theatre
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • 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
  • At least 2 years experience within this field
  • A passion for theatre

Desirable Skills, Experience and Attributes:

  • A knowledge of London’s theatre industry
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in working with emerging artists & students
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Experience in theatre operations
  • Experience with Quickbooks and/or bookkeeping

Guidance Notes for Applicants

To apply please send a CV with a 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:

Emma Murton, Senior Producer (Iris Theatre) at  

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm, 6th March 2019


General Opportunites

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.

Co-Production Opportunity

Spring 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



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:

Emma Murton
General Manager
Iris Theatre

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