Derby Theatre

Executive Director

Salary: £50,000 - £55,000 per annum.
Hours: 39 hours per week. Occasional evening, weekend and bank holiday working may be required.

‘Derby Theatre...increasingly the most crucial theatre in the region because of its emphasis on learning, nurturing and nourishing.'
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Derby Theatre is one of the leading regional producing theatres in the UK with an enviable reputation for its pioneering vision of a ground-breaking Learning Theatre model, which places learning at the heart of its mission.

Derby Theatre typically produces six in-house shows each year, plus co-productions, tours and student and youth productions.  The theatre hosts a diverse received programme with over 70 touring productions on the main stage and studio each year. Derby Theatre is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and last year received a funding increase of 59% - one of the largest uplifts across the portfolio.

you will be an experienced and inspirational senior leader in the performing arts

In a unique relationship with the University of Derby, students study in the theatre, learning from professional staff and putting on productions in a professional environment. In addition, over 25,000 young people annually engage in the schools and community outreach programme and bespoke programme for young people in care. Derby Theatre leads and participates in a range of ambitious projects such as This is Derby and The Big House.

Reporting to, and working closely with the Artistic Director and Chief Executive, the Executive Director leads a large team, overseeing the Marketing, Development, Operations and Production and Premises departments. Specific responsibilities of the post are to ensure the successful operation of the financial, administrative and managerial policies of Derby Theatre, shaping the business plan and leading the strategic direction for all administrative aspects of the organisation to support and facilitate the artistic vision.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and inspirational senior leader in the performing arts, with proven success in managing a significant turnover and large team. They will have well-developed strategic and business planning ability, strong financial and commercial acumen, entrepreneurial flair and excellent communication skills. Experience in contract negotiation and a network of appropriate contacts within the theatre or performing arts sector are important.

This is an exciting time to join Derby Theatre, as our Learning Theatre model goes from strength to strength, our national, international, and local profile increases and the reach of our work extends into more and more communities.

How To Apply

For an information pack and to apply please visit the AEM International website or contact Heather Newill, Director AEM International Ltd, Arts Entertainment and Media Executive Search on

Closing Date: 5pm Friday 3rd May
Date of Interview: Friday 31st May